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Seoul getting its first-ever vertical farm

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“The vertical farm will be built three stories high. We are planning to use the first floor as a training site and the second and third stories for cultivating leafy vegetables and other plants,”

The Hankyoreh
Apr 14, 2015

Excerpt:

Seoul is about to see its first vertical farm, which is an eco-friendly agricultural production system inside inner-city high-rises, in which environmental conditions such as light, temperature, humidity, and CO2 density are all automatically controlled to enable plants to be cultivated regardless of the season. What is particularly interesting is that this vertical farm will be set up in a building in a redeveloped apartment complex in Seoul that is being donated as contributed acceptance to Seoul Metropolitan Government.

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April 26, 2015   No Comments

Taipei to build farm park within concrete urban buildings

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The farm base will allow citizens to grow greens amid a concrete jungle and experience the fun of farming

By Yu Kai-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu
Focus Taiwan
2015/04/13

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Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Taipei citizens may no longer need to travel to the countryside to get a feel for the fun of farming and grow their own food, thanks to a planned farm park the city government will start working on this July.

The Heart of Neihu Science Park project, to be located at the site vacated by the Flora Wholesale Market in Neihu in March 2014, will be the capital’s first farm and wetland park once completed at the end of 2016, the city’s Public Works Department said in a statement released Monday.

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April 25, 2015   No Comments

Korean Agriculture Ministry assigned April 2015 as the Month of Urban Agriculture


Video of Seoul Urban Agriculture Expo 2013.

Many different cities will host various events in April to stimulate the urban agriculture movement

By Jieun Kim
Intern
FAO, AGPML

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) of Korea assigned April as the Month of Urban Agriculture and April 11th as the Urban Agriculture Day. Under the slogan of “citizen agriculture, mutual benefits between urban agriculture and rural agriculture,” MAFRA launched the Urban Agriculture National Network on April 11, 2015. The event hosted about 1,200 people: family farmers of Seoul, officials from MAFRA, the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, Rural Development Administration, Korea Forest Service, and related personnel from agricultural communities.

MAFRA also signed a MOU contract that promises on collaboration, cooperation, and interdependency between urban and rural agriculture with agricultural organizations and farmer communities.

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April 24, 2015   No Comments

A growing fascination in Siam Square, Bangkok

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Smack in the heart of Bangkok is Siam Square One with its unique rooftop garden and farm called ‘Siam Green Sky’. Graphics courtesy of Siam Green Sky.

“Rice on the roof is a novel way to farm in an overcrowded city like Bangkok,” she explained.

By Supoj Wancharoen And Sukhumaporn Laiyok
Bangkok Post
11 Apr 2015

Excerpt:

The ratio of green space per resident in Thailand’s capital is less than in neighbouring countries, said Chulalongkorn University Property director Boonsong Srisawangnate.

Assoc Prof Permyot Kosolbhand,vice president of Chulalongkorn University, said education is one of the key elements for launching the garden. He said Siam Green Sky in fact is intended as an urban agricultural learning centre.

The centre is an outdoor classroom for people interested in how food gets from the ground to the dining table, he said, adding it will be an access point into the heart of the community where green-minded people socialise.

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April 23, 2015   No Comments

By 2018 Seoul city government to activate 1,800 urban farms

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The Seoul city government is injecting about 46 million U.S. dollars to transform unused spaces at schools, parks and even apartment rooftops to activate urban farming.

By Connie Kim
Arirang News
Apr 18, 2015

Excerpt:

It’s a priceless opportunity.
The only catch is most of these farms are located on the outskirts of the city, making them harder to frequent.

But that will soon change. The Seoul city government is injecting about 46 million U.S. dollars to transform unused spaces at schools, parks and even apartment rooftops to activate urban farming.
By 2018 it plans to establish 18-hundred vegetable gardens within a ten-minute walking distance from all homes in the capital.

A special farm zone will also be set up to train Seoulites to become professionals in urban agriculture.

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April 18, 2015   No Comments

Diverse perceptions of the future of agriculture on the Hanoi, Vietnam periphery

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The main results show that farmers and agricultural department officials are more optimistic about the future of urban agriculture than non-farm residents.

By To Thi Thu Ha (FAVRI1), Paule Moustier (CIRAD2), Nguyen Thi Tan Loc (FAVRI).
In: Jean-Louis Chaléard (ed). Métropoles aux Suds, le défi des périphéries? Paris : Karthala, pp. 261-272, 2014.

Abstract:

The objective of the paper is to appraise how peri-urban agriculture and its future are perceived by a variety of residents of Hanoi, including city planners, farmers and non-farmers. It is based on surveys conducted in 2009 involving 47 agricultural households, 14 heads of cooperatives, 83 non-agricultural households, and 13 public officials in charge of agriculture in districts and communes.

The questions related to the relationship between farmers and non-farmers and their perceptions regarding the advantages and disadvantages of agriculture, preferences for different urban landscapes based on pictures showed to them (parks, vegetable gardens, buildings), the perceived future of agriculture and perceived processes of urban planning. The main results show that farmers and agricultural department officials are more optimistic about the future of urban agriculture than non-farm residents.

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Malaysia’s Damansara Jaya residents’ venture into vertical farming drums

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Rolling up their sleeves: (From left) National Unity Department director Ho Khek Hua, DJROA deputy president Ronald Ng Chee Kong, Department of Agriculture, urban agriculture division director Yunus Ismail and Yew examining the vertical farming barrel.

Yew said the overall cost for the DJROA setup was about RM2,000 for six vertical farming drums and the soil while Mardi provided the seedlings.

By Hannah Jonas
The Star
Mar 24, 2015

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“As it uses hydroponic or fertigation technology, there is no need for tilling the ground or watering the vegetables.

“Thus, it eliminates the tedious work required in traditional farming,” said Soong.

“This technology only uses a 1hp water pump to recirculate the water coming out of the hydroponic or fertigation process.

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In pinched Soviet times ‘dacha gardens’ grew some 90 percent of Russia’s vegetables

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German Shingel fills a tub for watering the garden under the watchful eye of his father, Yevgeniy. To outwit Russia’s short growing season, many dacha owners set flats of seedlings on their urban windowsills in March. Photograph by Jonas Bendiksen.

One out of three Russians owns a dacha. In the Moscow region, where there are some one million dachas. Boris’s dacha, like most in Valday, is a garden plot with a cabin. Such plots, originally six sotkas (.15 acre), date back to Soviet-era land distribution programs that allowed Russians to endure postwar food shortages made worse by the disaster of centrally planned agriculture.

By Cathy Newman
Photograph by Jonas Bendiksen
National Geographic
July 2012
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

The soil is sacred, almost mystical to Russians, a legacy of pagan beliefs and peasant tradition. “The religion of the soil,” philosopher Nikolay Berdyayev called it. A dacha provides the opportunity to dig in that soil and be close to nature. “By the end of the day I am tired and stressed,” a Valday woman tells me. “I go to the garden, touch the ground, and bad things go away.”

In July the soil yields cucumbers and feathery dill, also squash, peas, and green onions. July is for berries: black, red, and white currants; blueberries; blackberries; raspberries; gooseberries; and delicately perfumed wild strawberries, which, even more than the resinous astringency of pine, is the smell of summer. August brings mushrooms (a light rain is known as a “mushroom rain”): the prized beliy, or white mushroom, and boletes that grow near birch trees and can be dried. Also potatoes—always potatoes. A Valday garden is unthinkable without them, although they cost less to buy than grow.

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Rooftop Urban Agriculture Centre Opens on a Shopping Mall in Bangkok

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Siam Green Sky.

Chulalongkorn University has invested about 5.6 million baht to turn the 1 rai rooftop space of the seven-storey Siam Square One shopping mall into an urban agriculture learning centre.

By Karnjana Karnjanatawe
Bangkok Post
Mar 26, 2015

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“We will expand the green project to cover a total of 28 rai of space in and outside buildings belonging to the university in the future,” he said. Siam Green Sky is segmented into three zones. First is an innovative area consisting of a solar cell system for farming, a demonstration room showing how to produce fertiliser from organic waste and gardening plots for growing herbal, decorative plants and rice.

The second zone shows plants from many countries while the last zone is an easy-care garden for those who do not have much time, but want to plant vegetables.

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Hong Kong’s first agricultural park calls for people ‘serious about farming’

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Agricultural park will seek to increase amount of home-grown produce

By Fanny W. Y. Fung and Olga Won
South China Morning Post
Mar 4, 2015

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Up to 80 tenants serious about farming will be selected to join Hong Kong’s first agricultural park under a new policy to revive home-grown produce in the city.

The proposal to use 70 to 80 hectares of private farmland for the park will provide farmers with land, infrastructure and scientific know-how to improve productivity. Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said that support services could also be extended to the 2,400 existing farms in the city.

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Weekend farming in Bengaluru, India

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According to Section 79A of Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961, you can purchase land for agricultural purposes only if (a) you are an agricultural worker by profession.

By Divya Shekhar
Economic Times of India
Feb 27, 2015

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Bengaluru: S Laxminarayan, 39, is a software engineer whose penchant for nature and urban farming goes beyond the terrace, kitchen or backyard gardening. Along with 10 friends, he has purchased around 10 acres of land near Malavalli, some 90 km from the city, where he farms every weekend, along with family. Laxminarayan and his gang represent a new breed of professionals in Bengaluru who turn farmers on weekends, working their way out of numerous legal tangles to practise community farming.

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Karachi, Pakistan planner promotes urban agriculture

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The once lush green spaces of areas such as Malir are being defiled as unplanned urban sprawl encroaches upon their domain. Photo: Muhammad Javaid/Express

Karachi’s green spaces are dwindling at an alarming rate. With zoning violations a common practice, parks are being converted into built land. Even trees and plantations acting as green belts on road medians are giving way to advertising panels.

By Farhan Anwar
The Express Tribune
March 1, 201

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Karachi’s green spaces are dwindling at an alarming rate. With zoning violations a common practice, parks are being converted into built land. Even trees and plantations acting as green belts on road medians are giving way to advertising panels.

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Nine-city assessment of Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) in Africa and Asia.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Kampala, Uganda
Dakar, Senegal
Ibadan, Nigeria
Tamale, Ghana,
Chennai, India
Kathmandu, Nepal
Dhaka, Bangladesh

START
Enhancing scientific capacity to inspire informed action on global environmental change

Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) faces significant pressures from rapid urban expansion and related stresses. START and UNEP recently partnered with several organizations to undertake a nine-city assessment of UPA in Africa and Asia. The assessments examined key environmental and governance dimensions of UPA to advance understanding of how increasing urban pressures on land and water resources, and intensifying climate risks, are undermining the resilience of UPA in the face of rapid urban development.

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February 22, 2015   Comments Off on Nine-city assessment of Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) in Africa and Asia.

‘City Seeds’ documentary – Urban Farming in Nepal and Uganda

City Seeds from Kyle Robinson on Vimeo.

Excellent 25 minute documentary!

Film by Kyle Robinson
Sustainable Seas Trust
2013-2014
Funding from START, European Commission, UN Environment Program, US Agency for International Development
(Must see! Mike)

A film about urban and peri-urban agriculture in cities across the world.

This film investigates the use of urban and peri-urban agriculture in developing cities in Africa and Asia, such as Kathmandu in Nepal, and Kampala in Uganda. The film assesses its value to a country’s economy and combating environmental threats such as climate change, as well as addressing the challenges involved in nurturing and sustaining effective urban and peri-urban agriculture.

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Hong Kong’s goat keepers ready to help the city ring in the year of the goat

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Allan Shek has more than 100 goats on his farm near Mai Po, which opened to the public last week. Photo by Edward Wong, Nora Tam.

The farm is collaborating with a mall in Tsing Yi to give shoppers the chance to get close to the goats at his organic farm.

By Elaine Yau
South China Morning Post
Feb 16, 2015

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The year of the goat promises to usher in a busy time for Hong Kong’s goat keepers. Allan Shek Kwok-keung is counting on it. Last week, the Yuen Long native opened his Little Goat Lemon Garden to the public, and he hopes to receive a stream of visitors as the Lunar New Year brings greater interest in the animal.

Occupying a 40,000 sq ft site near Mai Po, the leisure centre includes a big fish pond, the citrus trees that it is named after and, of course, a herd of goats.

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