New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Category — Asia

Japan’s Farm Ministry To Promote Rental Of Urban Farmland

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Japan’s municipalities have designated an estimated 134 sq. km of land for urban agriculture.

By Jiji
Japan Times
Aug 20, 2017

Excerpt:

The agriculture ministry plans to establish a new system for promoting urban agriculture by making it easier to rent farmland, ministry sources have said.

Currently, people who want to rent out farmland must get permission from their local agriculture committees. Under the proposed system, municipal governments, instead of local committees, would examine the prospective borrowers’ land-use plans and approve the rental proposal if it includes agricultural experience events, the supplying of food for school meals or other activities that support local communities.

[Read more →]

August 21, 2017   No Comments

Gazans turn to their rooftops for sustenance

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

For Muhyeddin al-Kahlout, the benefits of his rooftop farm are wide-reaching. Mohamed Hajjar

In the Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, Ahmad al-Sharqawi sells vegetables grown on the roof of his house. Their origin, he has found, has become a selling point.

By Sondos Walid
The Electronic Intifada Gaza Strip
16 August 2017

Excerpt:

Dr. Ahmad Saleh, an agricultural consultant and former professor in the Faculty for Agricultural Engineering at Al-Azhar University, is working to facilitate organic rooftop farming. To this end, he has established his own rooftop farm in the Tawam neighborhood of Gaza City.

For Saleh, rooftop farming has another potential advantage other than making the most of scarce space. He used parts from old cars, plastic boxes and bottles to create colorful containers for the 60-square-meter space on his roof. The area has been divided into two sections: one is for ornamental plants, including cacti and flowers, creating a pleasant space for socializing and a hub for family, friends and neighbors.

[Read more →]

August 19, 2017   No Comments

Tokyo: Mirai Corporation uses vertical farming

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Grant Imahara visits Tokyo and meets with the group at Mirai, whose goal is to bring farm-fresh food to the middle of one of the busiest cities on the planet.

Also see Mouser’s 40 page ebook on Vertical Farming

Mouser.com
2017

Excerpt from book:

Fast-forward to the 20th Century, and the evolution of vertical farming accelerates, drawing on human need, land availability, and industrial advancements. By March 4, 1909, when Life Magazine published what is now known as the first vertical farm illustration, the concept included an open-air building with vertically stacked “vertical homesteads” that cultivated food for consumption.

[Read more →]

August 15, 2017   No Comments

New Zealand: Sikh Temple opens up acres of land for community garden project

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

From left: Raju Ramakrishna from Healthy Families Manukau with Gurnoor Kaur and Rajinder Singh Sekhon at the Takanini Sikh Temple community garden.

Takanini Sikh Temple has opened up 11 acres of land to grow fresh fruit and vegetables in Auckland.

By Nigel Moffiet
Stuff
August 7 2017

Excerpt:

The plan is to have up to 400 fruit trees such as lemons, limes, oranges, guava, and a variety of nuts and vegetables grown and maintained by temple members.

The Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura team and the Old School Reserve Teaching Gardens are working with the temple to teach food production skills as part of the project.

[Read more →]

August 14, 2017   No Comments

Cows and goats take residence in Tokyo high-rise to promote dairy jobs

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

A goat, a cow and a pig walk into a Tokyo high-rise.

The Japan Times
Aug 10, 2017

Excerpt:

A goat, a cow and a pig walk into a Tokyo high-rise.

It may sound like the start of a joke, but about 60 such animals have found a new home on the 13th floor of a building near Tokyo Station in the Otemachi district.

[Read more →]

August 12, 2017   No Comments

Malaysia: Farming in the city

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Datuk Dr Mad Nasir Shamsudin is professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

In Malaysia, it is predicted that the urban population will increase to 75 per cent in three years.

By Datuk Dr Mad Nasir Shamsudin
New Straits Times
July 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Having recognised the importance of urban agriculture, the Malaysian government gave its full support towards this activity. This can be seen from the formation of the urban agriculture division under the Department of Agriculture Malaysia in 2010 to promote, among others, agricultural activities in the city to reduce the cost of living of the urban community.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has designed and developed several affordable vertical farming methods, which can be adopted by the urban poor.

[Read more →]

July 28, 2017   Comments Off on Malaysia: Farming in the city

Japan: Tokyo’s Pasona Group staff will tend to cows, horses and pigs on the 13th floor of its new headquarters

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+


Original 2016 Tokyo office has grown its own food in a vertical farm since 2005. You walk over a 1,000-square-foot rice paddy, continue through an okra field and you enter the vine-covered “tomato guest room” or the “vegetable factory” filled with hundreds of hydroponic heads of lettuce.

On the second floor, fruit trees form partition walls between meeting spaces, bean sprouts are grown under benches and herbs grow on shelving along the walls.

Nikkkei Asian Review
July 10, 2017

Excerpt:

The Pasona Group staffing agency will tend to cows, horses and pigs on the 13th floor of its new headquarters near Tokyo Station, opening the exhibition ranch to the public in an effort to cultivate interest in husbandry.

The company’s headquarters recently relocated to a building close to the northern exit of the heavily trafficked station. The 400-sq.-meter ranch will be open on weekdays and Saturdays. An accompanying cafe will host food-related educational programs for children.

[Read more →]

July 16, 2017   Comments Off on Japan: Tokyo’s Pasona Group staff will tend to cows, horses and pigs on the 13th floor of its new headquarters

Post-Disaster Food and Nutrition from Urban Agriculture: A Self-Sufficiency Analysis of Nerima Ward, Tokyo

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Figure 9. Disaster drill held in Nerima ward. (a) Urban farmland with a high diversity in crops; (b) Farmer and volunteers preparing soup with fresh vegetables from the farm in a portable gas stove; (c) Rice and crackers provided by the municipality as emergency food with freshly made soup containing vegetables from the farm; (d) People from the neighborhood familiarizing with each other and the farmer (photographs by the authors, November 2016).

The present study aimed to quantify the potential nutrient production of urban agricultural vegetables and the resulting nutritional self-sufficiency throughout the year for mitigating post-disaster situations.

By Giles Bruno Sioen, OrcID, Makiko Sekiyama, Toru Terada and Makoto Yokohari
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Abstract:

Background: Post-earthquake studies from around the world have reported that survivors relying on emergency food for prolonged periods of time experienced several dietary related health problems. The present study aimed to quantify the potential nutrient production of urban agricultural vegetables and the resulting nutritional self-sufficiency throughout the year for mitigating post-disaster situations. Methods: We estimated the vegetable production of urban agriculture throughout the year. Two methods were developed to capture the production from professional and hobby farms: Method I utilized secondary governmental data on agricultural production from professional farms, and Method II was based on a supplementary spatial analysis to estimate the production from hobby farms. Next, the weight of produced vegetables [t] was converted into nutrients [kg].

[Read more →]

July 16, 2017   Comments Off on Post-Disaster Food and Nutrition from Urban Agriculture: A Self-Sufficiency Analysis of Nerima Ward, Tokyo

New Zealand: New little farm on the block situated on the fringe of inner city New Plymouth

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

The Freeman family, Carl, Kati and River mucking in at their urban garden.

Over the past six months Kati and Carl Freeman have transformed their Frankleigh Park piece of dirt into a flourishing urban farm that produces spray-free fruit and vegetables.

By Christine Walsh
Taranaki Daily News
July 7, 2017

Excerpt:

Carl is Melbourne born and bred, his green-thumbed organic expertise was gained from working on organic vegetable farms, supplying artisan salad mixes, heirloom tomatoes and baby vegetables to some of Melbourne’s top restaurants.

“I’m really enjoying living in Taranaki. Everyone has been so supportive of our growing enterprise,” said Carl.

[Read more →]

July 14, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: New little farm on the block situated on the fringe of inner city New Plymouth

Philippines: Urban design integrates urban agriculture through a strategic participatory approach

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

MALAKAS! 40-minute documentary film that tells the story of three barangays (villages) in Cagayan de Oro City

By Jeannette Tramhel in partnership with Manila filmmaker, Mario AV Guzman.
Published on Nov 12, 2010

MALAKAS! is a 40-minute documentary film that tells the story of how three barangays (villages) in Cagayan de Oro City in the Philippines were engaged in a community participatory process to design their own systems of organic waste management in support of local food production.

The film and the project it documents were made possible by a Graduate Research and Design ECOPOLIS Award from Canada’s International Development Research Centre. It was written, directed and produced by Jeannette Tramhel in partnership with Manila filmmaker, Mario AV Guzman. The video is available in English only.

[Read more →]

July 12, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Urban design integrates urban agriculture through a strategic participatory approach

Singapore: New urban farming trend: Rent a space, grow your greens

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Mr Joseph Yeo, 62, a gardener at Eng Kong Cheng Soon Community Garden, pictured at his plot. St Photo: Mark Cheong

Twenty-one of its 22 plots have been taken up under one- to 10-year leases. Each plot ranges from 700 sq m to 10,000 sq m, with a fee of between $500 and $10,000 a month.

By Lea Wee
Straits Times
July 1, 2017

Excerpt:

It costs $57 to rent a 2.5 sq m plot for a year. All the units have been snapped up and there is a waiting list.

Meanwhile, D’Kranji Farm Resort, which offers farm staycations, leases out part of its land to hobbyist gardeners and commercial operators who supply greens to supermarkets.

[Read more →]

July 8, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: New urban farming trend: Rent a space, grow your greens

Singapore turns vacant space into urban farms

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Citizen Farm head of farmers Darren Ho inspects an indoor hydroponic growing system at an urban farm in Singapore May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White

“No system will replace imports, we are here to make us more food resilient,” said Ho, adding that it was “up to the community” to decide how self-sufficient it wants to be.

By Fathin Ungk
Reuters
June 29, 2017

Excerpt:

Edible Garden City, a company with a grow-your-own-food message, has designed and built more than 50 food gardens in the tropical city for clients ranging from restaurants and hotels to schools and residences.

One of its projects is Citizen Farm, an 8,000 square meter plot that used to be a prison, converted into an urban farm “where the local community can learn and grow together”, according to the project website.

[Read more →]

July 5, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore turns vacant space into urban farms

On Top Of Hong Kong’s High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Client Gina Ma (left) stands with Rooftop Republic’s Andrew Tsui (center) and Pol Fàbrega (left) amid the rooftop garden of a French restaurant in central Hong Kong. Rob Schmitz/NPR

Rooftop Republic has helped fill more than 26,000 square feet of rooftop on 22 rooftop farms. The biggest one is on the roof of Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific, where 40 employees manage container vegetable plots on a daily basis.

By Rob Schmitz
NPR
June 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Fàbrega is not a developer. In a city full of bankers, he’s a gardener. He helps run a gardening cooperative called Rooftop Republic that aims to make the best use out of Hong Kong’s thousands of roofs.

“In Hong Kong, currently there’re around 700 hectares of farmland that are being farmed,” explains Fàbrega, “So the amount of rooftop space is almost the same as the amount we’re using today to farm – like, actual farmland.”

[Read more →]

June 30, 2017   Comments Off on On Top Of Hong Kong’s High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

Philippines’ Agriculture Department Now Encouraging Residents Of Urban Areas To Plant Their Own Organic Produce

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+


We are encouraging our residents in the urban areas to plant because when we produce our own vegetables we do not only harvest healthy vegetables, but we could also earn additional income,” Agriculture Undersecretary for Special Concerns Ranibai Dalingalen said.

The DA’s urban-agriculture program of the current administration has three components: urban gardening training skills; mushroom culture; and feeding program.

By Jasper Y. Arcalas
Business Mirror
June 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Former Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said urban agriculture may not be able to produce all what city dwellers need, but it was a way to increase awareness on agriculture and food security.

For Gerald Sioco, CEO of Quezon City-based Cedarhills Garden Center, urban gardening in the country needs more awareness campaign to entice people to venture into such activity, particularly the youth.

[Read more →]

June 29, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines’ Agriculture Department Now Encouraging Residents Of Urban Areas To Plant Their Own Organic Produce

Philippines: Millennials told to use ‘Farmville’ expertise in own urban gardens

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on Google+

Sioco said the disinterest of the young people toward gardening nowadays could also be attributed to the loss of knowledge transfer on planting and agriculture.

By Jasper Y. Arcalas
Business Mirror
June 15, 2017

Excerpt:

The CGC chief said his company is innovating ways to encourage the millennials to venture into organic urban gardening, one of which is rolling out convenient means of gardening through the use of latest available technologies in the market.

“What we do right now is that we continuously innovate to make it a lot easier for people to venture into urban gardening, like for the millennials,” he said. “We have two technologies working on right now: one is aquaponics and the second is barrel gardening.”

[Read more →]

June 22, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Millennials told to use ‘Farmville’ expertise in own urban gardens