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Indonesia: Hydroponics Farming At Home

Indonesian hydroponics trainer Jackie Ambadar with students of Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre last Saturday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

“The whole idea is to get them to be self-sustaining and perhaps earn a bit of income on the side,” Ms Khan said.

By Manasa Kalouniviti
Fiji Times
March 06, 2018

Excerpt:

“I started in hydroponics five years ago in Indonesia when I learned that this was a very healthy way of planting vegetables because no pesticides are used.

“We started designing urban farming programs in Indonesia and now I’m very happy that a lot of people back home, who live in big houses, are doing their own farming at home because health is our number one concern right now,” she said.

Ms Ambadar said they started by teaching the students at the centre to use old and recycled materials such as empty plastic bottles, buckets and discarded plastic pipes in developing their hydroponics farms.

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March 12, 2018   Comments Off on Indonesia: Hydroponics Farming At Home

Japan firm seeks to spawn salmon farm revolution

Tetsuro Sogo hopes Japan can one day overtake Norway as the biggest producer of salmon. (Photo: AFP/Farzaneh Khademian)

Hoping that one day this will allow cost-effective inland farming of salmon, and enable Japanese to buy the homegrown fish for their sushi.

Channel News Asia
Feb 28, 2018

Excerpt:

After a test run last year, which produced one tonne of salmon that was sold to a major supermarket in Tokyo, Sogo plans to have a larger pilot facility up and running by July in Chiba, near Tokyo, producing 30 tonnes a year.

By 2020, the firm is aiming for a commercial plant capable of producing 1,500 tonnes of sushi-ready salmon.

Sogo is far from the only salmon farmer in Japan: in 2015, the central city of Imizu started farming “sakura-masu” or “cherry blossom salmon”, named for their delicate colour.

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March 9, 2018   Comments Off on Japan firm seeks to spawn salmon farm revolution

Philippines: City launches urban gardening project

Cagayan: The City Government launched the fourth phase of the Urban Container Household Gardening (UCHG), an inter-agency effort aimed at adopting organic farming methods in urban areas.

By Pamela Jay Orias
Sunstar
Feb 28, 2018

Excerpt:

The relaunched project now targets some 400 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of barangays 1 to 40, Camaman-an, Consolacion, Macabalan, and Nazareth.

The program urges residents to plant vegetables in their backyard. The city has allocated P400,000 for the project.

This time, the city has tapped the Technical Education and Skills Authority (Tesda), Department of Education (DepEd), and the Ayala Foundation, among others to help train the beneficiaries on household waste segregation, and how these can be actually used for their gardening.

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March 7, 2018   Comments Off on Philippines: City launches urban gardening project

Malaysia: FOLO community farm makes compost and transforms food waste into food for over 100 families.


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In Malaysia, many farmers are forced to survive on low wages, job insecurity and unsafe working environments. Meanwhile, low-income communities struggle to find affordable, fresh vegetables – and trust in supermarkets to provide quality produce is low.

Excerpt from Folo’s website:

Every day, 25,000 to 30,000 tons of waste is generated in Malaysia. Over 90% of it is not recycled. Of that, 45-60% is organic waste.

That means that an average of around 15,000 tons of organic waste go wastefully (and harmfully) to landfills every day. That’s the weight of 15,000 cars, or 7,500 elephants, per day!

That’s just the official stuff. Near our farm, illegal dumping continues every day. Painfully, we watch truck after truck of waste drive past us looking to unload at the next quiet valley, many of which hold the scarce biodiversity remaining in our city.

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March 3, 2018   Comments Off on Malaysia: FOLO community farm makes compost and transforms food waste into food for over 100 families.

Japan: Goats, pigs and veggies crop up in urban Tokyo

Children feeding goats at the Otemachi Bokujyo, a farm located on the 13th floor of a gleaming skyscraper in the heart of Tokyo’s Otemachi business district.PHOTO: PASONA GROUP

Japanese high-rises are more than just offices and shops – some have mini-farms too, even as the number of rural agriculture workers falls

By Walter Sim
Straits Times
Feb 24, 2018

Excerpt:

Across Japan, city dwellers have been developing quite the green thumb. Urban “citizen farms”, as they are called, grew in size by 36 per cent over 10 years, from totalling 641ha in 2005 to 877ha in 2015, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).

While much of this land has traditionally been greenhouses or fields located in city suburbs, there has been a push towards integrating the old-school farming concept into the urban landscape – both for commercial and community engagement purposes – by companies across industries from real estate to transport.

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March 2, 2018   Comments Off on Japan: Goats, pigs and veggies crop up in urban Tokyo

Philippines: Urban backyard farming pushed in Quezon City by Vice Mayor Belmonte

Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte (2nd from right) leads the harvesting of hydrophonically-grown mustard and lettuce plants at the Aguinaldo Elementary School (AES) in Quezon City, 2011.

“Anyone who wants to set up their own urban farm in their backyard, just come and coordinate with us. We will give them seeds,” the vice mayor said

By Alladin S. Diega
Business Mirror
February 19, 2018

AN official of the local government of Quezon City is calling for its residents to seriously embrace backyard farming, as there are enough material support for this undertaking available.

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is inviting city residents to support the urban farming program of the city government by setting up their own backyard farms or gardens.

Belmonte said her office will provide start-up kits, such as farming tools, seedlings and fertilizers to anyone interested, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

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February 25, 2018   Comments Off on Philippines: Urban backyard farming pushed in Quezon City by Vice Mayor Belmonte

Pearl farming in Hong Kong: enthusiasts restock oyster beds in city waters to revive a 1,000-year-old industry

David Wong (left) and Yan Wa-tat on their oyster raft. Picture: David Wong

Fledgling marine industry seeking to profit from scientific methods and cutting-edge identification technology

By Sarah Lazarus
South China Morning Post
15 Feb 2018

Excerpt:

David Wong Chun-kit carefully pushes his knife into an oyster, between the two sides of its shell. He wiggles the blade back and forth to sever the muscle that holds it closed, and then gently prises the shell open. Inside, nestled within the oyster’s slimy folds, is a pearl – lustrous, perfectly spherical and gleaming creamy white in the morning sun.

Wong estimates the pearl to be 7.5mm in diameter. “It’s commercial grade,” he says. “Good for necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.”

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February 22, 2018   Comments Off on Pearl farming in Hong Kong: enthusiasts restock oyster beds in city waters to revive a 1,000-year-old industry

Malaysia: Getting citizens interested in farming

This community activity will increase interest of urban residents to farm through Urban Recreational Farming. This activity helps reduce the daily expenses from the collection of crops and introduces more effective resource management.

Daily Express
Sabah
February 11, 2018

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City Hall is introducing My Farmville to promote urban recreational farming as a community activity.
The project held at Kingfisher is the first attempt by City Hall to involve the community as a whole and is aimed at introducing efficient use of resources through organic compost and to help lessen the cost of living.

State Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs Datuk Jainab Ahmad who officiated the project at the City Hall Learning Centre in Kingfisher on Saturday supported the programme as it involved the community.

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February 17, 2018   Comments Off on Malaysia: Getting citizens interested in farming

Singapore: Eight companies clinch 10 plots of land for vegetable farming

A map from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) shows the first batch of land parcels offered by the AVA through a fixed-price tender method.

“One of the challenges in urban farming has always been land cost, especially in Singapore… It’s very difficult to grow vegetables when land prices are that high,” he said.

Today
Feb 10, 2018

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One of the awardees, Vertivegies, intends to build nine six-storey modular structures, each measuring about 30m by 30m and resembling apartment buildings. Its founder and managing director Veera Sekaran, 55, said that vegetables would be grown on the top five stories, with the lowest storey housing pumps and control systems.

Mr Veera, who also founded an urban and vertical-greenery firm called Greenology, added that the new project would be his first large-scale commercial farming venture. Last year, he farmed vegetables using containers and discovered that each 40-foot container was able to yield about 5,000 heads of lettuce every three to four weeks.

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February 17, 2018   Comments Off on Singapore: Eight companies clinch 10 plots of land for vegetable farming

Resilience with Mixed Agricultural and Urban Land Uses in Tokyo, Japan

In the present case study, UA practices were found to have a profound impact on the self-sufficiency of communities in each grid cell.

By Giles Bruno Sioen, OrcID, Toru Terada, Makiko Sekiyama, and Makoto Yokohari
Sustainability
Vol 10, Issue 2

Abstract:

Urban agriculture can enhance the resilience of neighborhoods by providing fresh food in times of natural disasters; however, there is little empirical evidence to support this. Therefore, this study proposes a methodology to identify patterns of agricultural production in urban areas by quantifying self-sufficiency rates in vegetable weight and key nutrients. A spatial grid cell analysis using a geographic information system (GIS) identifies the current and potential self-sufficiency of each land use pattern in Tokyo.

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February 14, 2018   Comments Off on Resilience with Mixed Agricultural and Urban Land Uses in Tokyo, Japan

Hong Kong: Kitchen gardening know-how in palm of your hand

New mobile phone technologies mean even grow-your-own-food enthusiasts stuck indoors can show off their green-fingered talents

By Peta Tomlinson
South China Morning Post
Feb 5, 2018

Excerpt:

Agriculture is a cultural tradition in Hong Kong, currently enjoying a revival among the many urban farmers who are greening the city’s rooftops to grow their own produce and live more sustainably.

Already on sale, and shipping to Hong Kong, is the Plantui 6 smart garden, a Finnish innovation. Just add water and plant capsules (no soil) and the built-in computer takes care of the rest.

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February 10, 2018   Comments Off on Hong Kong: Kitchen gardening know-how in palm of your hand

Singapore: Tools and tips on growing a garden plot

Passion fruit (above) growing on a handmade trellis and a banana plant in bloom at retiree Emily Fong’s plot in HortPark, which she has been leasing for more than a year. As she visits her plot only once a week, Mrs Fong has invested in a battery-operated irrigation system and set the timer to water her crops for one minute every 12 hours. Photo: Emily Fong

And edible gardens are all the rage: Out of 1,300 community garden groups islandwide last year, 80 per cent grew edibles, said the National Parks Board (NParks).

Raffaella Nathan Charles
Straits Times
Feb 3, 2018

Excerpt:

Mrs Emily Fong, a retiree in her 60s, leases a plot at HortPark.

“The best part isn’t the harvest – it’s meeting new friends and sharing tips with these like-minded folk,” she told The Straits Times.

She grows passion fruit, bananas, watercress, pandan, chilli and an oyster plant. After 11/2 years of owning the plot, Mrs Fong has picked up many tips and tricks.

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February 9, 2018   Comments Off on Singapore: Tools and tips on growing a garden plot

Malaysia: Living In The City, Have You Ever Dreamed Of Growing Your Own Food?

“I highly encourage Malaysians to start jumping on the green bandwagon, talk and meet up with people who have ventured in urban farming and aquaponics,”

Written by Hana Maher
Malaysian Digest
Feb 2, 2018

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Nafisah Ahmad relayed that gardening is more of a way of life rather than a hobby, especially for those who grew up outside the city.

“Urban gardening is not a new trend as those who reside and grew up outside the city have always grown their own vegetables and fruits,” she opined.

“Because I grew up seeing my parents planting their own vegetables and plants, I picked up the habit and followed their footsteps when I moved to Kuala Lumpur in the 1970s.”

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February 9, 2018   Comments Off on Malaysia: Living In The City, Have You Ever Dreamed Of Growing Your Own Food?

New Zealand: Can vegetable gardening help at-risk youth?

Bailey Perryman and Fiona Stewart from urban farm enterprise Cultivate Christchurch. Bailey uses the broad fork to prep for seedlings; Fiona is about to dig out the cow horns used to prepare the biodynamic soil amendment BD500.

Cultivate Christchurch, she explains, provides somewhere young people in need of extra support to be in employment can come and learn about working the land and working with others.

By Mary Lovell-Smith
NZ Gardener
January 30 2018

Excerpt:

It is only Jackson’s third day on the farm and the 23-year-old is bursting with enthusiasm. “It’s amazing, I love it here,” he says. “I’ve worked in cafés and done a carpentry course, but I’ve been out of work for a while due to medical reasons. I was apprehensive before I began, but once I arrived here, I just love the place. You can pick your jobs. You get tired, you have a break.”

He says he has done “a bit of gardening in the past” but doesn’t know a lot about plants. “I want to learn to build planter boxers. On my third day I built a trellis. I want to learn new skills to take on with me.”

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February 3, 2018   Comments Off on New Zealand: Can vegetable gardening help at-risk youth?

Singapore: This traveling farm wants to teach you how to grow your own edible greens

Photo: Urban Farm & Barn/Facebook

The Travelling Farm (TTF) runs gardening workshops and programmes in a specially retrofitted container with the objective of inspiring and promoting interest in gardening to the masses.

By Coconuts Singapore
Jan. 17, 2018

Excerpt:

As urban farming gains traction in cosmopolitan Singapore, people are increasingly interested in growing their own edible gardens. But not all of us are born with a green thumb — and that’s where The Traveling Farm steps in.

A roving initiative by urban farming consultancy Pocket Greens, the pop-up space will rotate between three different locations — Bougainvillea Park (where it sits now), Raffles Place Park, and Dhoby Ghaut Green — for three months each from now till Dec 5, 2020, so you’ve got plenty of time to make your way over.

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January 24, 2018   Comments Off on Singapore: This traveling farm wants to teach you how to grow your own edible greens