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Hong Kong: Very MK Rooftop Farm – now closed

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Only 2.3% of Hong Kong’s vegetables are locally produced, this number is expected to decrease with the development plans.

By Rachel Young, Fulbright Research Scholar, Hong Kong
HK Rooftop Farming Project
Published on May 31, 2016

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Very MK Rooftop Farm was founded on April 2014 on the 6th floor rooftop of an apartment building in Mong Kok. The rooftop farm is organized by a group of “students, designers, teachers, business consultants, cafe workers, young professionals, social activists, urban planners, writers, musician and journalists” from different parts of Hong HK Farm’s original location was on the rooftop of the apartment complex in the middle.

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June 8, 2018   No Comments

Growing Popularity of Allotment Gardens in Urban Japan

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Idle land on the outskirts of large cities is being rented from farmers by local governments or agricultural associations to be subdivided for individuals who pay a fee to farm on it.

Nippon. com
June 1, 2018

Excerpt:

A study conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries found that, as of March 31, 2017, there were allotment gardens, or shimin nen (literally “citizen farms”), in 4,223 locations nationwide, occupying an area of 1,371 hectares and divided into around 188,000 different plots of land. These allotment gardens, which are usually on the outskirts of large cities, are around 2.5 times more than numerous than 20 years ago, and the number of individual plots has more than doubled during that time.

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Farming Under the Sea for Japan’s Rare Delicacy

Mozuku is a rare underwater delicacy found off the mainland coast.

Great Big Story
Published
May 21, 2018

Seventy miles off the coast of mainland Japan is the small island of Okinawa, home to some of the most unique seaweed in the world. Mozuku is a rare underwater delicacy found off the mainland coast. Each fall, farmer Tadashi Oshiro uses a special technique to sustainably harvest the seaweed. His one-of-a-kind farming methods were passed down to him by his father, using a process that allows the mozuku to grow without creating additional waste.

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Japan: Urban farmer Jon Walsh finds fertile ground in Tokyo

Jon Walsh stands in a community garden. Photo: Steve Morin

Landing the Grand Hyatt Tokyo organic garden project was a huge milestone.

By Joan Bailey
Japan Today
May 21, 2018

Excerpt:

Tokyo: Seven years ago, Jon Walsh watched as earthquakes shook his home country of New Zealand and his current home in Japan. Like many, his mind turned to disaster-preparedness; however, his train of thought took a different track: food security. He planted a garden and found the 6 x 1-meter space produced more than his family could eat. Inspired, Jon decided to add urban farming workshops and garden creation to the existing menu of services offered by Business Grow, his company that specializes in writing, editing and marketing services. Japan Today talked with Jon to learn more about urban farming and what his vision is for the future of it in Tokyo and beyond.

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Hong Kong: AgriTech: These MBAs Just Launched A Game-Changing Urban Farming Startup

The Farmacy HK team were formed out of the University of Hong Kong’s Business Lab.

A team of MBA grads from the University of Hong Kong are making farming accessible in the heart of the city

By Marco De Novellis
Because Business
24 Apr 2018

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A team of five recent MBA graduates from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have just launched Farmacy HK, a smart city, urban farming concept based on cutting-edge hydroponic technology.

The first concept city farm opened in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay in February this year. Over 100 species of organic food products—rare herbs and edible flowers—are grown in a controlled environment without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions dissolved in water instead.

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Malaysia aims to double its urban farming communities to 20,000 by 2020

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

“It can be done when people take advantage of small plots of land at their homes.”

By Seri Nor Nadiah Koris And Hidayatul Akmal Ahmad
New Straits Times
April 22, 2018

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Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said to date there are around 11,000 urban farming communities around the country.

“Urban farming is a government initiative programme to ensure a complete food supply chain and beef up food security in the country,” he said after launching the ‘Program Sentuhan Kasih Tani-Pertanian Bandar 2.0.’

He said the urban farming concept would give good impact to everyone as they get to have continuous supplies for their own basic needs such as chilies, lemon, lemongrass and others.

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Philippines: Davao City agri to refurbish rooftop garden

DAVAO. In a bid to make it into an ideal agri-tourism destination, the City Agriculture’s Office is set to refurbish the rooftop garden at the City Hall Annex Building along Pichon St. (SunStar file photo)

“We cannot just tell everybody to have an organic urban garden at home when we don’t have it here. That’s why we have this model garden to show them that it’s doable even with limited space,” he added.

By Jennie P. Arado
SunStar
Apr 13, 2018

Excerpt:

The 250-square meter (sqm) roof deck garden, located on the roof deck of the City Agriculture’s Office building along Pichon St., was first launched December of 2016. During the launching, invited guests saw the different organic vegetables, herbs, and spices grown in the garden.

During an interview with CAO head Leo Brian Leuterio, they target the refurbished rooftop garden to look like a homestead. Within the 250-sqm total area of the rooftop garden, they are going to allot a 50-sqm space intended for a specialized homestead, which Leuterio said will hopefully create the impression to the visitors that urban gardening is doable and that space is not a limitation to do gardening.

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Singapore stakes claim on first organic standard for produce grown by urban and indoor farming

With increasing demand for authentic organic primary produce, SS 632: 2017 was developed to aid industry players in the sector as well as consumers.

“I am proud to say that this is possibly the first national standard in the world for organic produce in the urban and peri-urban environments.”

By Lester Wan
Food Navigator Asia
12-Apr-2018

Excerpt:

According to the SSC, SS 632: 2017 was tailored to local Singaporean conditions yet encompasses the principles of organic agriculture: health, ecology, fairness and care.

It pertains to traditional organic farming, peri-urban and urban organic farming, as well as the distribution and trade of organic produce.

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Thailand: Bangkok’s First Urban Farm Restaurant

Haoma is Bangkok’s first modern urban farm based fine dining restaurant. We grow what we cook, we cook what we love.

The kitchen is helmed by Chef DK, Executive chef, and owner assisted by Chef Tarun Bhatia, the current San Pelligrino Young Chef of Asia.

Chef Deepanker can be found here every day, working the soil, planting, weeding and harvesting the finest herbs and vegetables so that his guests can enjoy the freshest ingredients possible.

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Hong Kong’s Rooftop Republic

View from rooftop garden. Photos by Melissa Luk.

On a sunny March afternoon I went up with Pol of Rooftop Republic to tour the very high rooftop farm they had set up on the BEA Tower in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. In this floating oasis we had a chat about how it started and how it’s going.

By Melissa Luk
City Farmer correspondant
April 14, 2018

How did Rooftop Republic begin?

Rooftop Republic was born with the mission to integrate urban farming into our city lifestyle and make it easily accessible to city people. Although we have seen an increase in the number of organic farms in the New Territories (most “rural” part of Hong Kong) over the last years, we realized we needed to bring the urban farming movement to the heart of the city and integrate it with our day to day lives not just something we do once in a while. Whether it’s in the places where we live, where we work, where we go to school or where we socialize, we aspire to put an urban farm on every available roof so that people can reconnect with their own food and their community.

When did this garden start? What was the process like?

We set up this garden in November 2017. We had been planning it for several months. We had to do some minor renovation work for the surface where the planters are now. Before it used to be artificial lawn so we took it out and put new tiles.

After that we set up all the planters, built the irrigation system, did some testing and then put the soil and plants in. This part took around two weeks.

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Japan: In Kanagawa, homeless grow crops and confidence

Kiyoko Ojima, who helps homeless and other needy people by giving them opportunities to work in agriculture, is seen at her field in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, on March 19. Satoko Kawasaki.

“I wanted to help those who are starving by growing crops,” she said of her passion for agriculture that has led her to run a vegetable field. “There are many people in Japan, too, who struggle to put food on the table.”

By Magdalena Osumi
Japan Times
Apr 9, 2018

Excerpt:

Ojima, 39, engages homeless and other people on social assistance in work in the field, in the city of Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture. “Our main goal is to help these people regain confidence … so they can eventually get back on their feet,” she said in a recent interview with The Japan Times.

Every April about 10 people, men and women ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s, come to Ojima’s 10,000-square-meter field to sow seeds, cut weeds, water plants and harvest crops.

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Malaysia: Edible Park, is not about ornamental plants and flowers

The five-acre Edible Park is an edible landscape designed to build community around the important subject of food and how to incorporate it in sustainable living. Picture courtesy of Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MIM)

The Edible Park is a lush garden with local fruit trees, vegetable and herbal plants, while its Heritage Forest showcases the region’s flora.

By Ben Tan
Malay Mail
March 31, 2018

Excerpt:

JOHOR BARU, March 31. Tucked away in the heart of Medini City in Iskandar Puteri, Johor lies a two-hectare garden that attracts a growing fan base.

Despite its urban location, the garden called Edible Park, is not about ornamental plants and flowers.

Instead, gardeners plant vegetables, fruit and herbs to promote better eating choices.

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How flies and maggots are being bred to eat your food waste and keep Singapore clean

Dead larvae are broken down into feed for chickens and fish. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

The compost the farm uses to grow its vegetables is generated with the help of the black soldier fly larvae.

By Jack Board
Channel Asia News
Mar 24, 2018

Excerpt:

Away from the laboratories buzzing with hundreds of “romantic” flies and their crawling offspring, the experiment is being rolled out for real at Citizen Farm in Queenstown.

The expansive 7,000 square metre green space is surrounded by Singapore’s high rises on land formerly occupied by a prison, Jalan Penjara, and is an area that has been transformed from a dilapidated space to a functioning urban farm.

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Rooftop farming takes off on Hong Kong’s skyscrapers

Click image to see larger file. Farmers work at a rooftop vegetable garden of an industrial building in Hong Kong. (AP)

Rooftop Republic has set up on average one farm a month since its founding and now manages 36 covering more than 30,000 square feet (about 2,800 square meters), including one in mainland China

Associated Press, Hong Kong
Hindustani Times
Mar 27, 2018
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Excerpt:

The Bank of America farm was a milestone because it was the first in the city’s financial district. The company has since set up two more in the area and is looking at a few more sites, Hong said. Vegetables from the tower are donated to a food bank for uses in lunch boxes distributed to the needy. Some of its other farms are at hotels or restaurants, which use the herbs, eggplants and melons for dishes on their menus.

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Plan To Promote Kitchen Gardening Culture In Punjab

A 2012 video showing an earlier program by the Government of Punjab.

Punjab agriculture department has sold 50,000 summer vegetable seed kits on subsidized rates across the province.

By Mohammad Ali
Urdu Point
Mar 28, 2018

Excerpt:

SIALKOT, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 12th Mar, 2018. Punjab agriculture department has sold 50,000 summer vegetable seed kits on subsidized rates across the province. The sources in agriculture department told APP on Monday, the government was very keen to promote kitchen gardening to enable people to get fresh home grown vegetables.

The step has been taken for the promotion of kitchen gardening culture and to create awareness about the importance and utility of home grown fresh vegetables across the province. Kitchen gardening has gained popularity among people especially the women folk in different districts including Sialkot.

The kitchen gardening is actively attaching highest importance in the wake of upsurge in prices, malnutrition, poverty alleviation and consumption of fresh and home grown vegetables.

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