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New Zealand: Sikh Temple opens up acres of land for community garden project

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From left: Raju Ramakrishna from Healthy Families Manukau with Gurnoor Kaur and Rajinder Singh Sekhon at the Takanini Sikh Temple community garden.

Takanini Sikh Temple has opened up 11 acres of land to grow fresh fruit and vegetables in Auckland.

By Nigel Moffiet
Stuff
August 7 2017

Excerpt:

The plan is to have up to 400 fruit trees such as lemons, limes, oranges, guava, and a variety of nuts and vegetables grown and maintained by temple members.

The Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura team and the Old School Reserve Teaching Gardens are working with the temple to teach food production skills as part of the project.

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August 14, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Sikh Temple opens up acres of land for community garden project

Cows and goats take residence in Tokyo high-rise to promote dairy jobs

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A goat, a cow and a pig walk into a Tokyo high-rise.

The Japan Times
Aug 10, 2017

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A goat, a cow and a pig walk into a Tokyo high-rise.

It may sound like the start of a joke, but about 60 such animals have found a new home on the 13th floor of a building near Tokyo Station in the Otemachi district.

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August 12, 2017   Comments Off on Cows and goats take residence in Tokyo high-rise to promote dairy jobs

Malaysia: Farming in the city

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Datuk Dr Mad Nasir Shamsudin is professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

In Malaysia, it is predicted that the urban population will increase to 75 per cent in three years.

By Datuk Dr Mad Nasir Shamsudin
New Straits Times
July 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Having recognised the importance of urban agriculture, the Malaysian government gave its full support towards this activity. This can be seen from the formation of the urban agriculture division under the Department of Agriculture Malaysia in 2010 to promote, among others, agricultural activities in the city to reduce the cost of living of the urban community.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has designed and developed several affordable vertical farming methods, which can be adopted by the urban poor.

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July 28, 2017   Comments Off on Malaysia: Farming in the city

Japan: Tokyo’s Pasona Group staff will tend to cows, horses and pigs on the 13th floor of its new headquarters

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Original 2016 Tokyo office has grown its own food in a vertical farm since 2005. You walk over a 1,000-square-foot rice paddy, continue through an okra field and you enter the vine-covered “tomato guest room” or the “vegetable factory” filled with hundreds of hydroponic heads of lettuce.

On the second floor, fruit trees form partition walls between meeting spaces, bean sprouts are grown under benches and herbs grow on shelving along the walls.

Nikkkei Asian Review
July 10, 2017

Excerpt:

The Pasona Group staffing agency will tend to cows, horses and pigs on the 13th floor of its new headquarters near Tokyo Station, opening the exhibition ranch to the public in an effort to cultivate interest in husbandry.

The company’s headquarters recently relocated to a building close to the northern exit of the heavily trafficked station. The 400-sq.-meter ranch will be open on weekdays and Saturdays. An accompanying cafe will host food-related educational programs for children.

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July 16, 2017   Comments Off on Japan: Tokyo’s Pasona Group staff will tend to cows, horses and pigs on the 13th floor of its new headquarters

Post-Disaster Food and Nutrition from Urban Agriculture: A Self-Sufficiency Analysis of Nerima Ward, Tokyo

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Figure 9. Disaster drill held in Nerima ward. (a) Urban farmland with a high diversity in crops; (b) Farmer and volunteers preparing soup with fresh vegetables from the farm in a portable gas stove; (c) Rice and crackers provided by the municipality as emergency food with freshly made soup containing vegetables from the farm; (d) People from the neighborhood familiarizing with each other and the farmer (photographs by the authors, November 2016).

The present study aimed to quantify the potential nutrient production of urban agricultural vegetables and the resulting nutritional self-sufficiency throughout the year for mitigating post-disaster situations.

By Giles Bruno Sioen, OrcID, Makiko Sekiyama, Toru Terada and Makoto Yokohari
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017
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Abstract:

Background: Post-earthquake studies from around the world have reported that survivors relying on emergency food for prolonged periods of time experienced several dietary related health problems. The present study aimed to quantify the potential nutrient production of urban agricultural vegetables and the resulting nutritional self-sufficiency throughout the year for mitigating post-disaster situations. Methods: We estimated the vegetable production of urban agriculture throughout the year. Two methods were developed to capture the production from professional and hobby farms: Method I utilized secondary governmental data on agricultural production from professional farms, and Method II was based on a supplementary spatial analysis to estimate the production from hobby farms. Next, the weight of produced vegetables [t] was converted into nutrients [kg].

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July 16, 2017   Comments Off on Post-Disaster Food and Nutrition from Urban Agriculture: A Self-Sufficiency Analysis of Nerima Ward, Tokyo

New Zealand: New little farm on the block situated on the fringe of inner city New Plymouth

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The Freeman family, Carl, Kati and River mucking in at their urban garden.

Over the past six months Kati and Carl Freeman have transformed their Frankleigh Park piece of dirt into a flourishing urban farm that produces spray-free fruit and vegetables.

By Christine Walsh
Taranaki Daily News
July 7, 2017

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Carl is Melbourne born and bred, his green-thumbed organic expertise was gained from working on organic vegetable farms, supplying artisan salad mixes, heirloom tomatoes and baby vegetables to some of Melbourne’s top restaurants.

“I’m really enjoying living in Taranaki. Everyone has been so supportive of our growing enterprise,” said Carl.

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July 14, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: New little farm on the block situated on the fringe of inner city New Plymouth

Philippines: Urban design integrates urban agriculture through a strategic participatory approach

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MALAKAS! 40-minute documentary film that tells the story of three barangays (villages) in Cagayan de Oro City

By Jeannette Tramhel in partnership with Manila filmmaker, Mario AV Guzman.
Published on Nov 12, 2010

MALAKAS! is a 40-minute documentary film that tells the story of how three barangays (villages) in Cagayan de Oro City in the Philippines were engaged in a community participatory process to design their own systems of organic waste management in support of local food production.

The film and the project it documents were made possible by a Graduate Research and Design ECOPOLIS Award from Canada’s International Development Research Centre. It was written, directed and produced by Jeannette Tramhel in partnership with Manila filmmaker, Mario AV Guzman. The video is available in English only.

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July 12, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Urban design integrates urban agriculture through a strategic participatory approach

Singapore: New urban farming trend: Rent a space, grow your greens

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Mr Joseph Yeo, 62, a gardener at Eng Kong Cheng Soon Community Garden, pictured at his plot. St Photo: Mark Cheong

Twenty-one of its 22 plots have been taken up under one- to 10-year leases. Each plot ranges from 700 sq m to 10,000 sq m, with a fee of between $500 and $10,000 a month.

By Lea Wee
Straits Times
July 1, 2017

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It costs $57 to rent a 2.5 sq m plot for a year. All the units have been snapped up and there is a waiting list.

Meanwhile, D’Kranji Farm Resort, which offers farm staycations, leases out part of its land to hobbyist gardeners and commercial operators who supply greens to supermarkets.

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July 8, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: New urban farming trend: Rent a space, grow your greens

Singapore turns vacant space into urban farms

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Citizen Farm head of farmers Darren Ho inspects an indoor hydroponic growing system at an urban farm in Singapore May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White

“No system will replace imports, we are here to make us more food resilient,” said Ho, adding that it was “up to the community” to decide how self-sufficient it wants to be.

By Fathin Ungk
Reuters
June 29, 2017

Excerpt:

Edible Garden City, a company with a grow-your-own-food message, has designed and built more than 50 food gardens in the tropical city for clients ranging from restaurants and hotels to schools and residences.

One of its projects is Citizen Farm, an 8,000 square meter plot that used to be a prison, converted into an urban farm “where the local community can learn and grow together”, according to the project website.

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July 5, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore turns vacant space into urban farms

On Top Of Hong Kong’s High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

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Client Gina Ma (left) stands with Rooftop Republic’s Andrew Tsui (center) and Pol Fàbrega (left) amid the rooftop garden of a French restaurant in central Hong Kong. Rob Schmitz/NPR

Rooftop Republic has helped fill more than 26,000 square feet of rooftop on 22 rooftop farms. The biggest one is on the roof of Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific, where 40 employees manage container vegetable plots on a daily basis.

By Rob Schmitz
NPR
June 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Fàbrega is not a developer. In a city full of bankers, he’s a gardener. He helps run a gardening cooperative called Rooftop Republic that aims to make the best use out of Hong Kong’s thousands of roofs.

“In Hong Kong, currently there’re around 700 hectares of farmland that are being farmed,” explains Fàbrega, “So the amount of rooftop space is almost the same as the amount we’re using today to farm – like, actual farmland.”

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June 30, 2017   Comments Off on On Top Of Hong Kong’s High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

Philippines’ Agriculture Department Now Encouraging Residents Of Urban Areas To Plant Their Own Organic Produce

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We are encouraging our residents in the urban areas to plant because when we produce our own vegetables we do not only harvest healthy vegetables, but we could also earn additional income,” Agriculture Undersecretary for Special Concerns Ranibai Dalingalen said.

The DA’s urban-agriculture program of the current administration has three components: urban gardening training skills; mushroom culture; and feeding program.

By Jasper Y. Arcalas
Business Mirror
June 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Former Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said urban agriculture may not be able to produce all what city dwellers need, but it was a way to increase awareness on agriculture and food security.

For Gerald Sioco, CEO of Quezon City-based Cedarhills Garden Center, urban gardening in the country needs more awareness campaign to entice people to venture into such activity, particularly the youth.

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Philippines: Millennials told to use ‘Farmville’ expertise in own urban gardens

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Sioco said the disinterest of the young people toward gardening nowadays could also be attributed to the loss of knowledge transfer on planting and agriculture.

By Jasper Y. Arcalas
Business Mirror
June 15, 2017

Excerpt:

The CGC chief said his company is innovating ways to encourage the millennials to venture into organic urban gardening, one of which is rolling out convenient means of gardening through the use of latest available technologies in the market.

“What we do right now is that we continuously innovate to make it a lot easier for people to venture into urban gardening, like for the millennials,” he said. “We have two technologies working on right now: one is aquaponics and the second is barrel gardening.”

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June 22, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Millennials told to use ‘Farmville’ expertise in own urban gardens

Philppines: Department of Agriculture launches Urban Agriculture Pagkain Para Sa Masa program to boost food production

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Click on image for larger file. Caption: Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretaries Ariel Cayanan, Ranibai Dilangalen, Evelyn Laviña and Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, together with Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte, Aboitiz Equity Ventures FVP for Government & External Relations David Jude Sta. Ana, and other local government officials.(Photos by Alarico Nuestro, DA-AFID)

Launch of the DA’s Urban Agriculture program in Barangay Bahay Toro, Quezon City as part of the National Government’s efforts to encourage urban residents to start growing their own food to boost food production in the country.

By Carlos Baldosa, DA-Agriculture & Fisheries Information Division
www.da.gov.ph
June 1, 2017

The Department of Agriculture (DA) launched May 31/Wednesday the Urban Agriculture-Pagkain Para sa Masa with the formal opening of a community vegetable garden in Barangay Bahay Toro in Quezon City to serve the local community with fresh produce.

With the theme “Sa Maliit na Espasyo, May Pagkain Tayo,” DA officials joined Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte in opening the Bahay Toro communal vegetable garden beside the barangay’s covered court.

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June 11, 2017   Comments Off on Philppines: Department of Agriculture launches Urban Agriculture Pagkain Para Sa Masa program to boost food production

Beijing, China: Meet the Company Building Farms in Parking Structures

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Alesca Life creates solutions that enable anyone anywhere to grow the safest, healthiest and freshest produce. Our flagship product is a completely self-contained and automated growing system housed within a ISO-standard 40-foot shipping container.

By Lizzy Schultz
Agwired
Jun 2, 2017

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Stuart Oda previously worked as an investment banker before serving as a co-founder of Alesca Life, a Beijing-based agriculture technology company that builds weather-proof, cloud-connected farms in order to enable local food production by anyone, anywhere.

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June 9, 2017   Comments Off on Beijing, China: Meet the Company Building Farms in Parking Structures

Urban farming in Singapore has moved into a new, high-tech phase

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Associate professor Lee Kim Seng (front) and the students behind the project (from left) – Mr Lim Zi Xiang, 35, Mr Kibria Shah, 31, and Ms Boo Jia Yan, 23. Photo: Dios Vincoy Jr For The Straits Times

Three urban farms stand out for their ingenuity.

By Natasha Ann Zachariah
Straits Times
June 3, 2017

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The first is by a group of engineering students who have combined two aquaponics methods to get a larger harvest with more variety.

The second is by a businessman who used to sell raw materials for pesticides. He has invented a “growing tower” that does away with chemicals.

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June 9, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farming in Singapore has moved into a new, high-tech phase