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Japan: Capturing the end of summer, city farming in Setagaya, Tokyo

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By Nada Bonaso
Tokyo, Japan
September 11, 2016

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Singapore: Revamped mall to have urban farm, swimming pool, high-tech food court

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An artist’s impression of a bird’s eye view of the new Funan, which will will boast the largest area set aside for urban agriculture in the Central Business District. Photo: CapitaLand.

Will feature a 4,000 sq ft urban farm

Today Online
Sept 7, 2016

Excerpt:

The mall will also feature a 4,000 sq ft urban farm, where the public can learn more about the origins of their food and “adopt a plot” to grow their own products. Coupled with the 12,000 sq ft food garden, Funan will have the largest area set aside for urban agriculture in the Central Business District (CBD).

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September 11, 2016   Comments Off on Singapore: Revamped mall to have urban farm, swimming pool, high-tech food court

Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming

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These are sprouted vegetable seedlings which are harvested for salad soon after they have developed a few true leaves. They are very tender and nutritious.

Growing food plants in the urban setting can be undertaken as a personal hobby to grow plants for home consumption or it can also be undertaken as an honest-to-goodness money-making project

By Zac Sarian
MB.com
September 4, 2016

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Fresh vegetables and fruits as well as processed products will be available for sale to the visitors. Other items will include grow bags, growing media, seeds, ready-to-plant seedlings, planting materials of exotic fruit trees, organic fertilizers, garden tools, and many others.

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September 10, 2016   Comments Off on Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming

Connect with nature at a farming homestay in rural Japan

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Harry, his mother, Kanako Ryall, and Keiko Ishii, pull up a daikon radish.

Harvesting your own dinner is a great way for city slickers to escape the rat race

By Julian Ryall
Post Magazine
1 Sept 2016

Excerpt:

The huge daikon radish comes out of the dark soil a lot more easily than the fledgling farmer anticipated and the momentum swiftly deposits him on his bottom. But it’s still a victory for this three-year-old city boy getting his first taste of Japan’s countryside and he grins from ear to ear as he grips his prize tightly.

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September 8, 2016   Comments Off on Connect with nature at a farming homestay in rural Japan

A Terrace Kitchen garden in Kuwait

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Last year they were able to get around 900 grams of Green Chilly in a single day from their terrace.

Indiansinkuwait
Apr 27, 2016

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The climates in Kuwait are so extreme that forget about growing plants in balconies and maintaining them, we often don’t even come to our balconies for spending few minutes together. But that doesn’t stop this couple from spending their leisure time together with a good cause. Their tryst with growing vegetables started around seven years at their balcony. The unimaginable pleasure from this later made them to convert the building terrace into an organic vegetable garden, thanks to the support of his building caretaker. Today in his building terrace, you can see variety of fully ripe vegetables, such as Brinjal, Chillies, Snake Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Beans, Capsicum, Lady’s finger, Yellow Cucumber (Vellarikkai) etc. Cabbage, Cauliflower, Onions are on the early stages.

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September 5, 2016   Comments Off on A Terrace Kitchen garden in Kuwait

Singapore: Rooftop farm has crop of new ideas

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Comcrop CEO Allan Lim at his rooftop aquaponic farm. Mr Lim is optimistic that one day, the roofs of HDB estates and multistorey carparks could house similar urban rooftop farms. Photo: Dios Vincoy Jr For The Straits Times

He has his sights set on building a full-scale farm on a 3,500 sq metre location in Woodlands, with the aim of supplying food production centres and catering companies with leafy greens.

By Cheryl Teh
Straits Times
Aug 5, 2016

Excerpt:

Crops like basil and peppermint grow abundantly from vertical racks, and are tended to by several senior citizens and volunteers.

The crops from these racks alone provide over 150kg of produce per month – enough to garnish over 20,000 plates at a restaurant for a year.

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August 9, 2016   Comments Off on Singapore: Rooftop farm has crop of new ideas

Rooftop farming on rise in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Environment Management division has been pushing to expand rooftop farming in the Valley.

By Shraddha Amatya
My Republica
August 2, 2016

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“The uncontrolled and rapid urbanization puts a lot of strain on of the Valley’s environmental, ground water, land and its capacity to manage wastes,” said Sanu Maya Maharjan, section officer at the KMC Environment Management Division said. “Using rooftops to grow vegetables could prove a viable alternative to supplement vegetables supply in the Valley.”

“The demand for taking the training on rooftop farming has been growing consistently. But we have not been allocate enough time for it,” said Maharjan.

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August 5, 2016   Comments Off on Rooftop farming on rise in Kathmandu

Korea’s first school to teach farming to retirees who come from cities

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koreoldThe first students to enroll in a school that teaches farming to retirees from urban areas pose in front of their dormitory in Yeongju, North Gyeongsang. [GONG JEONG-SIK]

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, North Gyeongsang Provincial Government and Yeongju City Government spent about 2 billion won ($1.7 million) building the school, which allows retirees to better settle into rural areas.

By Song Yee-Ho
Korea Joining Daily
July 16, 2016

Excerpt:

The students mostly learn practical agricultural skills such as how to make and manage fertilizers, cultivate farmland and use farming machines. The school also owns small parcels of land where students can practice growing different crops.

The students were also paired up with senior farmers who grow the crops they are interested in growing themselves. They visited their mentor’s farms and also went to historic places such as Buseok Temple.

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July 20, 2016   Comments Off on Korea’s first school to teach farming to retirees who come from cities

Farming your own food in Singapore with actor-singer Nat Ho

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Farmer Nat Ho. Photo: Jason Ho

Ho’s takeaway is that stuff you grow yourself tastes better.

By May Seah
Today
July 9, 2016

Excerpt:

One person who has embraced the hobby is actor-singer Nat Ho, who earned himself the nickname “Farmer Ho”, thanks to his off-the-beaten-track pastime of HDB flat gardening.

“Dawn Yeoh was the first one to give me that nickname,” said the Tanglin actor, who cultivates his own cherry tomatoes, chye sim, chilli and mint in his apartment. “It seems like such an ah pek thing to do, right? But I was telling my friends about it and some of them actually started their own gardens, too.”

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July 15, 2016   Comments Off on Farming your own food in Singapore with actor-singer Nat Ho

Vietnam’s Hoi An offers unique farming experience to eco-tourists

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watervA tourist waters vegetable beds in the Tra Que vegetable village, Hoi An City, with instructions from a local farmer. Photo: Tuoi Tre. Click on image for larger file.

Long known for its century-old ancient town and one-of-a-kind delicacies, Hoi An City in central Vietnam has been gaining popularity among green-fingered tourists with its eco-tours that guarantee full immersion in the agricultural lifestyle of rural Vietnam.

Tuoi Tre News
06/26/2016

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After a tour around Hoi An Ancient Town, a group of young tourists from the UK and Ukraine decided to hop on rented bicycles to explore the Tra Que vegetable village with their own eyes, ears, and hands.

Arriving at the village at 4:00 in the afternoon, the group paid for a homestay house situated only 300 meters from the vegetable fields to spend the night, determined to hit them at first light the next morning.

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June 29, 2016   Comments Off on Vietnam’s Hoi An offers unique farming experience to eco-tourists

Promoting farm to table lifestyle in Daveo, Philippines

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daveoDaveo. Urban gardening at Minkah’s, planted with various herbs, mints and vegetables promoting farm to table lifestyle. (Ace June Rell S. Perez)

The kitchen serves a wide array of delectable food offerings. The fresh garden salad with balsamic vinaigrette that had blue ternate and bougainvillea flowers, cajun kamote fries, chicken Tinola with gata, spareribs, Pinakbet, steamed malasugue, spicy shrimp pasta, Crostini with three cheese, tomato and basil pasta, crispy pata and fried lechon

By Ace June Rell S. Perez
Sunstar
June 19, 2019

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“Going organic makes good business and good to customers’ healthy lifestyle,” Jasmen Evasco, owner of Minkah’s Kitchen, said in an interview with Sun.Star Davao Saturday morning.

“We sourced most of the ingredients to the food we offer in the restaurant from the urban garden,” she added.

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June 25, 2016   Comments Off on Promoting farm to table lifestyle in Daveo, Philippines

Hong Kong’s rooftop farmers grow vegetables… and communities

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hkandrewAndrew Tsui, co-founder of Rooftop Republic. Photo: Vincent Assante di Cupillo.

Hong Kong, this busy city of 7 million people, as a place of poverty, want and need. Some kind of crisis seems to be developing. Statistics suggest that the city has the widest income gap, between rich and poor, of any developed country in the world.

By Roger Hill
Hong Kong Free Press
19 June 2016

Excerpt:

Each growing project has its own character. The roof of the Fringe Club is dedicated to herbs and vegetables: basil, rosemary, mint, lemon-balm, okra, cucumbers and spinach. Rooftop Republic work with local chefs and some of these crops go to local restaurants, so if you have consumed a particularly tasty meal or cocktail in Central it may be thanks to this rooftop-farm.

Other produce goes to the foodbanks in the city, and Rooftop Republic runs projects with schools which allow students to take home some of the fruits of their curricular studies in science and biology. Similarly the project runs training and workshops for local participants who can enjoy the rewards of their growing labours.

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June 25, 2016   Comments Off on Hong Kong’s rooftop farmers grow vegetables… and communities

Restoring Urban Fringe Landscapes through Urban Agriculture: The Japanese Experience

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“As for food, such was the primacy of urban agriculture, fruit and vegetables were named after the Edo suburbs known for producing them.”

Prof. Dr. Makoto Yokoharia, Marco Amatib, Jay Bolthousec & Hideharu Kuritad
The Planning Review
Volume 46, Issue 181, 2010
Special Issue: Metropolitan Peripheries
pages 51-59

Abstract:

This paper advocates the re-establishment of garden zones both in and around cities. Mixed land-use garden zones are conceptualized as spaces where urban residents can craft their own local food cultures and agro-biographies in response to the globalization of agriculture and food consumption. The case for creating garden zones is made by first outlining the legacy of post-war growth and planning policies, which attempted to clearly demarcate the line between urban and agricultural use. And, second, investigating the current demographic shifts which threaten the existence of domestic agricultural production and necessitate a new pro-urban agriculture planning paradigm. To develop this new planning paradigm, the third section looks back at the city of Edo to identify the urban agricultural heritage of what is now the modern-day megalopolis of Tokyo.

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June 22, 2016   Comments Off on Restoring Urban Fringe Landscapes through Urban Agriculture: The Japanese Experience

Steady growth in Singapore’s community gardening movement

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cosingTampines Greenvale Residents’ Committee Community Garden, a Platinum-banded garden that was also conferred a Diamond Award for achieving its third Platinum band. (Photo: NParks) Click on image for larger file.

This year’s Community in Bloom (CIB) Awards saw 436 community gardens take part, the highest number of participating gardens in its 12-year history.

Channel News Asia
June 16, 2016

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Out of the 436 participating gardens – which comprises almost half of all community gardens in Singapore – 213 were from the public housing category, 37 from private housing, 113 from educational institutions and 73 from organisations.

“I am heartened to see that the gardeners’ love for gardening has brought them closer to one another. As the Community in Bloom network expands even further, we now regularly see gardeners from one neighbourhood helping out at gardens in other neighbourhoods, forging even more ties,” said Chief Judge of the CIB Awards 2016 and President of the Singapore Gardening Society Tan Jiew Hoe.

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June 20, 2016   Comments Off on Steady growth in Singapore’s community gardening movement

Loo Urban Farm in Penang, Malaysia

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Sustainable Non-Toxic Aquaponics Green Vertical Urban Farming

From their website:

Loo Urban Farm, started by Philip Loo, with the initial aim to sustainably produce healthy food for our own consumption. It has then grown and evolved to be a social enterprise that will enable every home to sustainably produce self-sufficient, fresh and healthy food globally.

We continue to innovate, build and distribute our advance and efficient planting system. We educate and lead society as a whole to produce their fresh and healthy food at home or in a community.

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June 19, 2016   Comments Off on Loo Urban Farm in Penang, Malaysia