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The Urban, Rooftop and Vertical Farming Association of Malaysia

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Kong showing how food waste is used as a natural fertiliser to grow vegetables in drums.

The Agriculture Department, Kong said, had taught him the know-how and supported by providing vegetable seedlings.

By Elan Perumal
The Star
Jan 30, 2016

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Kong, who first introduced the idea to his neighbours in Bandar Sunway Semenyih in February last year, said the iniative drew some 20 families who successfully planted crops such as sweet corn, brinjal, ladies’ fingers, chilli and leafy vegetables.

He said the residents grew the crops in their own compounds and shared the produce with their neighbours and they barter-traded the produce among themselves.

“It created much excitement as the residents were not only able to eat fresh vegetables from their own gardens, but it gave them the opportunity to build new friendships,” he said.

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February 2, 2016   No Comments

Hong Kong’s Wild Root Organic Farm Teaches Urban Farming

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We supply seedlings and provide professional horticultural consulting, management and maintenance services for Hong Kong urban rooftop farms.

By Fai Hui

Excerpts from website and articles:

From website: We are a small organic farm located in Sheung Shui, near the Hong Kong Golf Club and next to the Agriculture Fisheries Conservation Department (AFCD) Tai Lung Experimental Organic Farm.

From: Hydroponics is a loophole for real estate developers. In most cases, building the structures for hydroponic facilities here entails clearing all trees and vegetation from the land and pouring concrete over fertile agricultural soil. This completely destroys its ecological and agricultural value. Land with low agricultural and ecological value is significantly easier to re-zone. Once re-zoned the value of the land increases by orders of magnitude. Hydroponics creates a loophole through which businessmen can destroy agricultural land on the pretext of undertaking agricultural activities.

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January 30, 2016   No Comments

Good Earth Collective, an New Zealand initiative which delivers home grown vegetables to needy families

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Yelena Bebich is happy to be sharing her garden’s vegetables with people in need. Photo by Emily Ford.

“It’s just very handy and fantastic for families to get good food. It’s healthy food straight from the garden,” Walker says.

By Emily Ford
Stuff.Co.nz
January 25 2016

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Run by Bebich and her sister, Tereza Bebich, the pair deliver vegetable boxes every week to families and charitable organisations.

It relies on fresh fruit and vegetables from Bebich’s garden, as well as regular donations from 10 growers – friends who put their hands up to help when she had extra seedlings.

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January 28, 2016   No Comments

Jakarta, Indonesia makes room for urban farming

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Waste not want not: A man looks at corn plants that were planted inside his low-cost Cipining Besar Selatan apartment complex in Jakarta on Monday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

In the past few years urban farming has become a hot topic among the middle class in Jakarta, especially those wanting to watch the growing process of their food

By Indra Budiari
The Jakarta Post
January 27 2016

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Each block has one farming group, each of which received around 100 square meters to farm. With assistance from the Jakarta Housing and Government Building Agency, Bank Indonesia and agricultural magazine Trubus, the group learned about soil and crop types and how to plant crops.

“Last time my farm group harvested various plants including three kilograms of kale and 2.9 kilograms of lettuce,” Tukeni said, adding that most of the yield was consumed by residents and some was sold to the Housing and Government Building Agency officers.

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January 28, 2016   No Comments

Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India Promote Urban Agriculture

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View of Dal Lake, Srinagar city and Kashmir valley.

Keeping the scope of urban agriculture in view Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-Jammu) is creating awareness on urban agriculture among the urban and peri-urban people of the province.

Dr.Banarsi Lal
Daily Excelsior
Jan 22, 2016

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Agriculture is the mainstay of Jammu and Kashmir’s economy. About 80 per cent of J&K population depends on agriculture. The total geographical area of this state is 2, 22, 236 sq. km and the population is 1, 25, 48,926 (Census 2011). Over the years, the farmers of the state have adopted new agricultural technologies but still the state is having low productivity of almost all the crops. Like other states of the country, people from rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir are migrating towards the urban areas.

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January 26, 2016   No Comments

Urban farming has taken root in Singapore

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The collective’s core team comprises (from left) Suzanna Kusuma, Tan Hang Chong, Ng Huiying and Pui Cuifen. It has more than 700 likes on Facebook.ST PHOTOS: NEO XIAOBIN.

The group has also started an online map of community gardens which members can update to show where their gardens are and what events they are planning.

By Lester Hio
Straits Times
Jan 21, 2016

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Their vision is to take community gardening a step further by building connections with the various such gardens and to start a “cross-fertilisation” of ideas, experiences and crops from one garden to another.

Mr Tan said: “We want to build a larger community out of all these gardens across Singapore.”

The group organises visits to the various community gardens across the island, sets up booths at farmers’ markets and holds pot-luck dinners at which crops harvested from home gardens are cooked and shared.

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January 25, 2016   No Comments

Vietnam’s Da Nang farmers benefit from growing flowers on ‘golden’ urban land

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Farmers have borrowed unused land on Luong Nhu Hoc Street, a prime spot located in Hai Chau District in the central city of Da Nang, to grow flowers, with the backdrop being luxurious edifices. Tuoi Tre.

Dozens of farmers in the central city of Da Nang have been able to earn good incomes from growing flowers on unused land pieces at ‘golden’ locations while beautifying the hub at the same time.

Tuoi Tre News
Updated : 01/20/2016

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As the “golden” land plots are situated next to arteries, T-junctions or crossroads, these growers do not need to rent stalls in Tet flower markets to display their produce for the year’s biggest festive occasion.

Nguyen Van Tri, who has been engaged in the farming model for more than six years now, is happy that his 2,000 pots of daisies, housed in a 600-square-meter land piece at the April 30-Nguyen Huu Tho T-junction, are thriving well.

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January 25, 2016   No Comments

Otago, New Zealand community garden harvest feeds families

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otegBrian Seymour manages the 1.2 hectare garden which is run by the Salvation Army on behalf of Combined Churches.

600 families benefited from food grown at the garden

By Jo Mckenzie-Mclean
Southland’s Times
Last updated 14:39, January 20 2016

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Seymour said fresh vegetables were boxed with a selection of at least 10 vegetables and distributed to families who had been given a coupon from doctors, Work and Income, churches, and mental health and budget advisory services.

“That grows. I think last year we ended up with 20 different varieties. There are spuds, lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, zucchini, carrots, onions, shallots, tomatoes…”

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January 24, 2016   No Comments

Financial Times: Hong Kong’s urban farms

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Video Story

By Ben Bland
Financial Times Video
Jan 14, 2016

Hong Kong imports almost all of its food. Ben Bland meets the urban farmers finding sustainable ways to produce fruit and vegetables in the city.

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Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) fish farmers raking in koi profits

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Japanese koi fish. — Illustrative Image danviet.vn.

Farmers in Binh Chanh District, HCM City, are farming ornamental Japanese koi fish and Japanese carp following an incentive programme launched by the city recently.

Viet Nam News
Jan 9, 2016

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The programme, which was implemented by the city’s agricultural extension centre, encourages local farmers to raise the two breeds of fish. It has helped three farming households in choosing fish breeds, food and farming techniques.

Due to its suitable water and soil quality, Binh Chanh District is being developed into a specialised resource area for farming these two ornamental fish species.

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January 12, 2016   Comments Off on Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) fish farmers raking in koi profits

Jack Ng’s award-winning invention – a rotating vertical farming tower – and his vision for Singapore’s agriculture sector

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Mr Jack Ng’s 9m-tall system with tiers of planting troughs clinched the biennial Index: Award in Denmark in August. Photo: Alicia Chan.

Building vertical ‘houses’ for plants

By Wong Siew Ying
The Straits Times
Dec. 16, 2015

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Q: What does your business do?

A: Our 3.65ha farm here in Lim Chu Kang is a research and production facility. We approach research in two ways: as a solutions provider through our vertical farming system, and by conducting research on the crops.

We constantly look at our processes and the input materials for the plants because the nutrients that the plants take in will have an impact on their taste.

We also provide our vertical farming towers and know-how to overseas clients, such as a farm in Hainan, China, which acquired 192 towers from us.

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December 23, 2015   Comments Off on Jack Ng’s award-winning invention – a rotating vertical farming tower – and his vision for Singapore’s agriculture sector

A rural training programme in Dunedin, New Zealand, aims at helping city youngsters get jobs on farms

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Harvesting radishes from a Taieri market garden for their graduation dinner last week are (from left) Farmhand programme manager Annika Korsten, Travis Cardno, University of Otago ecologist Jay Iwasaki and Micheal Hooper.

A farm training course for young urban people from Dunedin city has produced another five graduates who are now keenly pursuing careers in farming and horticulture.

By Rob Tipa
NZ Farmer
Dec 14, 2015

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“The course is evolving all the time with a variety of experiences for students,” Korsten said. “We’ve only been here for four months now. We want to use it as an outdoor classroom and a controlled environment which is an ideal space for hands-on learning.”

When they first started, the soil was puggy so students built raised beds and wood-chipped pathways then planted out green manure crops of mustard, oats and lupins to add organic matter to the soil.

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December 21, 2015   Comments Off on A rural training programme in Dunedin, New Zealand, aims at helping city youngsters get jobs on farms

RUAF Update Number. 26

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RUAF – Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

RUAF
December 16, 2015

Ongoing activities:

• City of Windhoek promotes urban agriculture
• City region food system assessment started in 7 cities
• Workshop on safe and productive use of wastes for urban and peri-urban agriculture in Kenya
• Value chain development and policy review for local agriculture in Gaza
• Developing a city strategic agenda for the Tamale Metropolis
• Third project meeting URBAN GREEN TRAIN in Rotterdam

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Seoul Expert Visits Taipei, Shares Experience in Urban Agriculture

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Taipei, following a year-long promotion, has seen the public adopt a total of 19 plots. It also established 270 vegetable gardens at schools and on the rooftops of public buildings.

Dept of Information Technology
Taipei City Government
2015/12/9

With Taipei’s proactive implementation of its Farm City policies, the city government is also looking abroad to draw foreign experience by inviting urban agriculture specialist Lee Kang-oh from Seoul to share his expertise on how to reinvent Taipei as a green capital.

Lee, having worked for Seoul Green Trust Foundation, is currently the president of Seoul Gran Park. He will be visiting a number of Taipei’s most iconic community gardens, school plant plots, and farmers markets, as well as exchanging opinions with city officials, NGOs, and local experts during his sojourn in the capital. He believes that farming is a key element in the pursuit of a sustainable city.

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December 14, 2015   Comments Off on Seoul Expert Visits Taipei, Shares Experience in Urban Agriculture

Exhibition spotlights urban farming in Seoul, Korea

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Seoul’s urban farming activities are highlighted at an exhibition held at the International University campus in Paris. / Korea Times Photo by Kim Se-jeong

The exhibition in Paris also worked as the opening event of a Seoul urban farm to be set up in the Palace of Versailles next spring.

By Kim Se-jeong
Korea Times
Deb 8, 2015

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The exhibition, titled “Urban Agriculture Initiatives Toward Cities,” at the International University campus in Paris featured three urban farms in Seoul located in the districts of Seocho, Gangdong and Dobong.

Beside Seoul, six other cities were also selected ? Paris, Montreal, Johannesburg, Lima in Peru, Strasbourg in France and Yaounde in Cameroon.

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December 13, 2015   Comments Off on Exhibition spotlights urban farming in Seoul, Korea