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China: Shanghai’s Edible Rooftops


Sky Farm in Shanghai uses rooftop agriculture to help urban residents experience nature up close. By Daniel Holmes and Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone.

With approximately 10 billion square meters of exposed roof space across Chinese cities as of September 2011, according to the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the concept has plenty of capacity to grow.

By Liang Chenyu
The Sixth Tone
Oct 24, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Atop Red Star Macalline Group’s headquarters sits a rooftop farm called Yiyun, which translates as “leaning on the clouds.” Chilies, white gourd, eggplant, chives, and other vegetables flourish across the 4,600-square-meter garden cultivated by the company, which is China’s largest national furniture retailer. The harvested produce is used in the staff cafeteria, and the farm also provides thermal insulation for the building’s top floor, which houses expensive rosewood furniture.

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Singapore: Avid gardeners find innovative ways to cultivate plots

Volunteer gardeners (above) from Cosy Garden in Bukit Batok use wilted goods to produce enzyme solutions for their plants, which include the Carissa Carandas, whose fruit is used for pickling. St Photos: Jonathan Choo

The garden uses five types of enzyme solutions made of ingredients such as banana shoots, over-ripe papayas and bananas, egg shells, milk and lemongrass.

By Ankita Varma
Straits Times
Oct 14, 2017

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For the past two years, they have been making these special solutions and using them on the plants.

Do they work?

The garden certainly looks great. Called Cosy Garden, it is a delightful space for the neighbourhood. The garden comprises three separate plots of land with sculptures, landscaping, flowers, herbs and a butterfly enclosure.

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October 20, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: Avid gardeners find innovative ways to cultivate plots

Philippines: Solon Calls For Passage Of Urban Agriculture Act

AGRI Partylist Rep. Orestes Salon made the call on Tuesday after the House Committee on Food Security consolidated four measures seeking to promote the use of urban agriculture in all urban areas in the Philippines. (Photo: Rep. Orestes T. Salon/Facebook)

“The urgency of addressing our nation’s food security should guide us in our actions,” Salon said.

By Philippine News Agency
October 10, 2017

Excerpt:

Salon said the proposed law could help improve the country’s food supply and could positively impact employment and income generation for urban settlers.

Under the bill, an Office of Urban Agriculture shall be established by the Department of Agriculture.

The said office shall be mandated to study and make recommendations regarding the impact of urban agriculture and vertical farming in metropolitan communities, and develop a research agenda on urban agriculture.

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October 12, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Solon Calls For Passage Of Urban Agriculture Act

New Zealand: Fighting to save an urban food forest in the heart of Auckland

Trevor Crosby is fighting to save a food forest in the heart of Auckland. Photo by Sally Tagged [See great video on website.]

Sanctuary Gardens Mahi Whenua, in the heart of Auckland, is a food forest and community garden where more than 60 local families are growing fresh food.

By Nicky Pellegrino
Stuff
October 2 2017

Excerpt:

“All we can say at the moment is that the future is uncertain,” says retired entomologist Trevor Crosby, who is determined to do what he can to save what he describes as, “a hidden biodiversity jewel of Auckland.”

Trevor isn’t against development but argues that cities also need open spaces where nature can thrive. Sanctuary Gardens is currently home to more than 400 species of plants and trees, some relatively rare.

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October 9, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Fighting to save an urban food forest in the heart of Auckland

Indonesia: City of Jakarta has 600 hectares of farmland

An urban farming area along the riverside in Jl. Raden Saleh II in Cikini, Central Jakarta. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

“In a city like Jakarta, urban farming is ideal for residents who want to farm in a limited space.”

The Jakarta Post
Sept 27, 2017

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“Not everyone knows that the total area of rice fields in Jakarta is 600 hectares, which is owned by the private sector. The land is spread across East, West and North Jakarta,” the head of food security division of the Jakarta Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Security Agency, Mujiati, said on Tuesday.

To encourage farming among residents in the capital, Mujiati said her agency launched an urban farming program in 2016. The program aims to encourage residents to utilize open spaces at home for farming.

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Hong Kong’s agricultural revolution: the rise in farming for fun

Janice Tse, with her daughter Wing Wing at the Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm, where they go most weekends. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Recreational farming has taken off in the city’s less built-up areas, providing jaded urbanites with a family-friendly weekend escape

By Sidney Leng
South China Morning Post
July 30, 2017

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Since April, it has become a weekend ritual for Tse’s family to spend an afternoon at an organic farm in Yuen Long, where they have rented a piece of land – eight feet long, four feet wide – to grow organic vegetables and fruit for one year.

“I am a working mum. It’s quite relaxing to come here,” said Tse, who works in the banking industry in Causeway Bay on weekdays. “My daughter likes running around. This is a good place. She can run, run, run. She can experience more than city life.”

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Canada: Hong Kong Drama Filmed in City Farmer’s Compost Garden


Actors filming at the compost garden. Click image to see larger file.

“Janice is working as a staff in a Compost Garden in Vancouver, promoting the idea that mankind can live in balance with the land.”

[City Farmer was thrilled to have a major TV production visit and shoot in our Compost Demonstration Garden in Vancouver, BC, Canada on September 21, 2017. The actors and large crew enjoyed a perfect Fall sunny day shooting from 7am to 7pm.
From the synopsis: “In 2015, Janice is working as a staff in a Compost Garden in Vancouver, promoting the idea that mankind can live in balance with the land, the animals and the environment, and connect to the Earth in a way that helps enable the well-being of all life-forms into the indefinite future.” Michael Levenston ]

Excerpt from: Roger Kwok, Tavia Yeung Star in “At the Threshold of an Era Again

By Huynh
JayneStars.com
June 16, 2017

Struggling to increase viewership ratings in recent years, TVB is looking back at old classics to rekindle nostalgia and public interest. Most recently, TVB announced that they will begin filming a new age At the Threshold of an Era, which they will title as At the Threshold of an Era Again . The original series aired 18 years ago, consisting of 106 total episodes and big stars.

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September 30, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Hong Kong Drama Filmed in City Farmer’s Compost Garden

Malaysia: Starting a farming community in the city one plot at a time

Patie Tan and her daughter Nicole Yap at The Pharm Hut. — Pictures by K.E. Ooi

Tan stumbled upon urban farming when she first started eating healthily and grew her first local herb, pegaga, which is also known as Indian Pennywort last year.

By Opalyn Mok
Malay Online
Sept 22, 2017

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Growing your own vegetables used to be quite common some 40 years ago with every other family growing their own chillies, pandan and even bunga kantan but that vanished when people moved to smaller homes with stamp-size gardens or apartments with non-existent gardens.

Today though some of these apartment dwellers are finding it is possible to cultivate balcony gardens.

Patie Tan started growing her own vegetable and herbs on the balcony of her apartment last year but found it was not enough. That’s when she started looking for larger spaces.

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September 28, 2017   Comments Off on Malaysia: Starting a farming community in the city one plot at a time

Singapore: More sign up for lessons to grow own food in urban setting

Ms Mabel Wee with her children, three-year-old Max and six-year-old Meranda Chee, at her community garden plot in Haig Road. Photo: Don Wong For The Straits Times

Urban farming workshops are sprouting in Singapore to teach enthusiasts proper techniques

By Lea Wee
Straits Times
Sept 22, 2017

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Mr Cheng is one of many people here who have signed up for urban farming courses to learn how to grow their own food.

Besides running courses on various urban farming topics, including aquaponics, hydroponics and mushroom growing, Citizen Farm will also be running an agriculture course here later this year.

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September 27, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: More sign up for lessons to grow own food in urban setting

Hong Kong’s quest for the Tesla of food

Some hydroponic systems are small enough to be set up on a balcony or rooftop. Photo: City Hydroponics

He says there are about 50 rooftop farms in the city, totalling 1.5 hectares of land. He estimates that 595 hectares of rooftop space could be converted to farms – that’s just under half the size of Hong Kong International Airport.

By Marianne Bray
South China Morning Post
Sept 14, 2017

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If everyone consumed the way Hongkongers do, the WWF estimates, we would need 3.9 earths. According to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, 84 per cent of farmland in Hong Kong lies uncultivated, and a panel of restaurant managers at the summit said sourcing high-quality local food was a big challenge.

It is a far cry from 60 years ago when the city had a 60 per cent self-sufficiency rate, says Dr Daisy Tam Dic-sze, associate professor at Baptist University (HKBU).

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Japan to keep urban farmland green with new incentives

New tax and leasing incentives will help keep “productive greenspace” under cultivation.

Flexible leasing system will help connect businesses, nonprofits with available land

Nikkei Asian Review
Sept 6, 2017

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TOKYO — Japan is planning tax incentives and changes to the way land is leased to keep urban farmland from being turned into housing as a current program nears expiration and more farmers retire without apparent successors.

Starting in 1992, Japan designated roughly 13,000 hectares of urban land nationwide, and around 3,200 hectares in Tokyo, as “productive green space,” offering 30 years of tax incentives to those who would use the land for agricultural purposes. In 2022, those incentives will expire for roughly 80% of the land in the program.

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Singapore: ‘Floating Ponds’ that could see farms in parks, rooftops

This particular Floating Pond as an intensified way of doing farming

By Wendy Wong
Channel News Asia
Sept 4, 2017

Excerpt:

A three-storey prototype was developed in partnership with Singapore fish farm Apollo Aquaculture Group. Since its implementation last year, the fish farm has seen its yields increase by more than three times.

“This is something we’re not (just) talking about, we’re really demonstrating it. And I think this puts us at an advantage.”,” said Apollo deputy CEO Lucky Phua.

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Philippines: DIY farming for urbanites in Cebu City

CEBU City is not an ideal place for agriculture. Agricultural lands are limited to the mountain barangays, a lot of which have steep slopes that are hard to farm on. Then there are the other challenges: the financial aspect, lack of water and the failure to innovate.

By Jujemay G. Awit
SunStar Philippines
Aug 30, 2017

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Aside from the newspaper technology, the nursery shows how urban farming can be undertaken using the vertical gardening method, where one could stack two or more five-gallon water bottles with the top capped off. Soil is placed inside the large water bottle, which one will then slash to make a flap where one could plant the seed or seedling.

There is also the hanging garden. Urban residents could hang their potted plants to conserve space. They could also use old rubber tires as a small garden plot, just enough for their daily vegetable consumption.

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India: Hyderabad Government campaign intends to encourage the citizens in twin cities to adopt Urban Farming

“The potential capacity to produce more than 50 lakh kg vegetables and fruits by the households in twin cities and in the suburban areas should be garnered by adopting urban farming,” he averred

By VRC Phaniharan
The Hans India
Aug 19,2017

Excerpt:

The Telangana Horticulture Department is all set to launch a unique campaign to increase the green cover as well as provide organic vegetables daily to the city residents.

Dubbed as ‘Own and Produce Your Oxygen’, the mass awareness campaign intends to encourage the citizens in twin cities to adopt Urban Farming.

Explaining the twin benefits from the programme, Horticulture Department Commissioner L Venkatrami Reddy said the city has been witnessing increase in pollution affecting the health of people.

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August 25, 2017   Comments Off on India: Hyderabad Government campaign intends to encourage the citizens in twin cities to adopt Urban Farming

Japan’s Farm Ministry To Promote Rental Of Urban Farmland

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

By Jiji
Japan Times
Aug 20, 2017

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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.

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