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Book: Grow, Cook and Eat – Cultivating Asian Herbs

Rhino Press is proud to announce the publication of Grow, Cook and Eat by award-winning writer and presenter Fay Khoo and culinary consultant/food stylist C.Y. Phang.

Borne by a shared passion to educate readers about the myriad joys and benefits of cultivating edible gardens and cooking with them, the book is a portable but information-packed compendium that instructs even the most novice gardener how to embark on their gardening journey with success. Recognising that many urbanites are time and attention-poor, the authors have structured the book into small digestible snippets of information that are easy to read and understand, and which will help readers not just to establish their herb gardens, but also use the produce they have grown with flair.

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January 18, 2018   No Comments

Malaysia: Price Of Vegetables on the Rise, More Urban Farming Taking Place

Councillor Awang Ibrahim said that with a little funding, some 80 residents were encouraged to turn an abandoned plot of land into an edible garden.

By Brian Martin
The Star
Jan 12

Excerpt:

StarMetro recently featured an article on the Community Garden in Section 24 Setia, Shah Alam.

The garden has become the passion of a group of retirees who started it two years ago with help from the Shah Alam City Council. Today, the urban farm in the heart of Selangor’s capital is a lush, self-sustaining project, thanks to the hard work and love they have put in.

In Johor Baru, residents of the Jasa flats are starting to harvest the vegetables they planted less than a year ago. The urban agriculture programme was an idea mooted by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin. Residents were provided seed money by the state government to start off their urban farms, and all they needed to do was to put in the extra hours to till the soil.

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January 18, 2018   No Comments

Manila, Philippines: Editor’s rooftop garden produces beautiful veggies

From 15 potted eggplants, he can harvest 1.5 kilos of fruit in one week, enough for his family’s favorite eggplant omelette.

Edgar Godin, editor of Bisaya Magazine published by the Manila Buletin, is a rooftop gardener. From just a 16-square meter rooftop atop their sari-sari store in Bulacan, he can produce more vegetables than what his family can consume.

By Zac B. Sarian
Manila Bulletin
Jan 10, 2018

Excerpt:

Edgar planted 15 eggplant seedlings and 20 okra. These were more than what he usually planted previously of these two veggies. They were in addition to the camote, kangkong, pechay and two varieties of pepper that were already growing. His intention was to have extra harvest that he could sell in their sari-sari store.

He related that by the last week of September, he started harvesting from the eggplant and okra. Because the rooftop garden was very visible to passers by, many of them inquired if fruits were already available. Edgar estimates that he was able to harvest 1.5 kilos of eggplant and 20 to 30 pieces of okra every week during the whole month of October. And he was able to sell what his family could not consume.

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January 17, 2018   No Comments

Nepal: Urban rooftop farms as new city culture

According to the data of economic activities at Nepal Rastra bank, cultivable land in Nepal has decreased by 30,334 hectares in the fiscal year 2016/17. Hence, rooftop farming can significantly contribute to decrease the import of agricultural products from other countries.

By Aditya Neupane
My Republica
Jan 3, 2018

Excerpt:

One of the main specialties about rooftop farming is that you can also grow unseasonal vegetables and fruits through the green house effect. Rosy Maharjan, trainer of a project named ‘Phohor Maila Bewasthapan Ko Lagi Pratifal Ma Aadharit’, said, “Small families can easily produce enough vegetables for themselves through rooftop farming if it is done in a scientific way.” The project has been providing training on rooftop farming, waste segregation and composting to the residents of Lalitpur Metropolitan City.

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January 10, 2018   No Comments

Hong Kong: Controversy about community garden proposal and ‘Instagram Pier’

Proposal 1: NGOs/Social enterprises operate both promenade (purple) and community garden (green). Photo: GovHK.

The Protect Kennedy Town group questioned why there has to be a community garden in the first place, and an outsourcing of management.

By Kris Cheng
Hong Kong Freen Press
3 January 2018

Excerpt:

The government has amended plans to close much of “Instagram Pier” in Sai Wan for community garden purposes, reducing the area concerned to under 30 per cent of the pier’s total area. However, local groups have continued to question the need for a community garden.

The location, governed by the Marine Department’s Cargo Handling Section, is popular among residents, pet owners and joggers in the area. It does not currently feature any safety barriers around its perimeter.

The community garden plan was modified after public outrage and protests at the Central and Western District Council last month.

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January 8, 2018   No Comments

Singapore: The National Parks Board leasing out garden space in its parks to community gardeners

A garden display at NParks’ Community Garden Festival. NParks is leasing out garden space in its parks to community gardeners.

It aims to build 1,000 of these “allotment gardens” in 10 parks by 2019. Each 2.5 sq m plot costs $57 a year for up to three years.

Samantha Boh
StraitsTimes
Dec 27, 2017

Excerpt:

Singapore prides itself on being a garden city and these days, Singaporeans are getting more opportunities to help it keep its reputation.

The move sprung up in response to a growing interest in gardening here.

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Japan: ‘Tokyo Salad’ growing 400 plants in unused warehouse located under elevated transit lines

The strict hygienic conditions inside of the Tokyo Metro Co.’s cultivation center in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward. (Mainichi)

Tokyo Metro Goes ‘Train to Table’ with Hydroponic Lettuce

By Leon Kaye
Triple Pundit
Dec 19th, 2017

Excerpt:

As showcased recently in one of Tokyo’s major daily newspapers, the company, Tokyo Salad, is growing about 400 plants in what was previously an unused warehouse located under one of the subway system’s elevated transit lines. The startup, a joint venture between rail operator Tokyo Metro and a development company, currently markets 11 varieties of greens.

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December 26, 2017   Comments Off on Japan: ‘Tokyo Salad’ growing 400 plants in unused warehouse located under elevated transit lines

New Zealand: ‘Pat on Back’ Guinness World Record attempted at South Alive Community Garden

The aim was to get at least 251 people together to pat each other on the back for a year

By Eugene Bonthuys
The Southlands Times
December 10 2017

Excerpt:

An attempt by South Alive to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous chain of people patting each other on the back in Invercargill fell short on Sunday afternoon.

The aim was to get at least 251 people together to pat each other on the back for a year of successful projects in south Invercargill, with participants gathering in the South Alive community garden for the attempt.

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December 17, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: ‘Pat on Back’ Guinness World Record attempted at South Alive Community Garden

Brunei: Workshop provides knowledge to start urban farm

Brunei local agricultural business intelligence company, Agrome IQ, recently conducted its Sprout IQ Workshop on growing tomato at one’s backyard.

Borneo Bulletin
Dec 5, 2017

Excerpt:

The workshop held in Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd headquarter, Gadong, included educating participants with the climate and soil requirements, step-by-step processes in growing tomato such as treating the seeds and sterilising the soil medium, preventing and curing from diseases and pests associated with tomato plants, and on how to market their produce to generate income.

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Philippines: Taguig, Manila launches newest urban farm on its Charter Day celebration

Taguig Integrated Urban Farm. And watch evening, opening celebrations here.

The city’s agriculture office chief assured their urban gardening program favors organic farming where pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, and growth hormones are not used on crops.

By Martin Sadongdong
Manila Bulletin
December 9, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

City Agriculture Office officer-in-charge Emelita Solis said the urban farm integrated various kinds of urban farming setups like gardens showcasing vertical farming to wooden rack and pole gardens.

She said the creation of the integrated farm served as one way to engage residents in urban farming practices for food production.

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December 10, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Taguig, Manila launches newest urban farm on its Charter Day celebration

Malaysia: Farming gains ground in Kuala Lumpur

City Farm marketing director Looi Choon Beng demonstrates how little space is needed for an urban garden. – By Kamal Ariffin, November 26, 2017.

“Somebody needs to do this thing now, or else we will not be ready for a possible crisis in the future.”

By Asila Jalil
Malaysian Insight
Nov 26, 2017

Excerpt:

In the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Wong Min Lik has co-founded Moutou Art Space on the rooftop of a building at Lorong Panggong.

The 35-year-old Wong said the rooftop was empty space before they took over in December last year. Today, it has a bar and a garden which brimming with fresh vegetables and herbs such as lemongrass, ginger, mint, lemon, passionfruit, and bitter gourd.

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December 3, 2017   Comments Off on Malaysia: Farming gains ground in Kuala Lumpur

Singapore: ‘Closed loop’ urban farm in Queenstown tackles food waste with insects

Located in Queenstown, Citizen Farm grows vegetables, edible flowers, mushrooms, as well as jade perch fish. (Photo: Wendy Wong)

The farm currently produces around 150kg of vegetables and fish a month, and goes through the same weight of food waste a day for its insect farm, which currently houses about 10kg of the black soldier fly’s pupae.

By Wendy Wong
Channel News Asia
Nov 26, 2017

Excerpt:

As the Government ramps up efforts to reduce food waste and raise awareness of the problem, one urban farm in Singapore has been trying to lighten this load with the help of an insect.

Set up earlier this year, Citizen Farm in Queenstown has been using the black soldier fly to help grow its vegetables, as food for its fish and to help tackle food waste – the first in Singapore to incorporate these insects as part of farming practice.

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Indoor farming expert says Korea, Japan need to up investment

Toyoki Kozai, professor emeritus of Chiba University and president of the Japan Plant Factory Association, speaks to the press at an indoor farming facility in Chiba University in Chiba, Japan. (Son Ji-hyoung / The Korea Herald)

An example is the $1 billion investment into factory farms by Sanabio, a joint venture between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese optoelectronics giant Sanan Group.

By Son Ji-hyoung
Korea Herald
Nov 26, 2017

Excerpt:

In the wake of cost-saving light-emitting diode technologies, now is the best time to invest in indoor farming, according to Kozai.

Currently, products grown in indoor vertical farms are 20 to 30 percent more expensive than those of conventional farms.

JPFA, a Chiba University-affiliated vegetable factory operated across 10,000 square meters, uses solar light to grow tomatoes and strawberries, and artificial light for lettuce production.

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December 2, 2017   Comments Off on Indoor farming expert says Korea, Japan need to up investment

Hong Kong urban farmers find bliss in rooftop gardens

Pol Fàbrega is the co-founder of sustainable living group Rooftop Republic. Photo: Edmond So

Sustainable living proponents praise benefits but lament regulatory hurdles

By Yujing Liu
South China Morning Post
Nov 25, 2017

Excerpt:

Some 60 rooftop farms and 1,400 farmers have emerged locally over the past decade, and a handful of farms are added each year, according to Mathew Pryor, an associate professor and head of the landscape architecture ­division at the University of Hong Kong.

More than 7.38 million people now live in just 2,754 square km in the city, and only 24 per cent of the land is developable urban area. Hong Kong is likely to stay the world’s most densely populated city in 2025, according to a Bloomberg study.

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December 1, 2017   Comments Off on Hong Kong urban farmers find bliss in rooftop gardens

Korea: Growing Food on a Green Roof, Part of the Solution for Climate Change

Video shows green roof solution in Korea.

Rooftop Gardeners make Kimchi

Chosun.com
2017.11.21

Rough Google Translation:

The lecture room of Seoul National University, Professor Han Moo-young, graduate students, residents of Gwanak-gu, and foreign students from the School of Construction and Environmental Engineering gathered in this school. Those with pink rubber gloves on both hands sliced ??the radishes on one side and trimmed them on the other side. It was the day to make kimchi which will be delivered to neighbours.

“Just grab a bunch of spices and rub them on the cabbage.” Gwanak-gu residents Kim Hye-Ja (48) told me. This is how to spice the marinated Chinese cabbage. The master from Indonesia followed his this red sauce. Gita said, “I learned what kimchi is in my class. The Kimchi was made on the same day it was delivered to local residents in apartment complexes in Gwanak-gu by the local service organization, Yeong-Ok, CEO of Gwanak city agricultural network.

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November 27, 2017   Comments Off on Korea: Growing Food on a Green Roof, Part of the Solution for Climate Change