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Urban Farming Forum Held in Mumbai

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Enthusiasts at the Urban Leaves, Don Bosco farm, Mating.

A panel discussion chaired by Jayant Kumar Banthia, former State Chief Secretary and chancellor, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), presented several ideas to incorporate urban farming into the city’s plans

By Diipti Jhangiani
The Hindu
Oct 9, 2016

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During the launch, Dr. Parasnis presented the carbon baseline survey of Navi Mumbai. She also shared vital statistics on the high pesticide and heavy metal content in commercially-grown fruits and vegetables. She shared the results of a survey by the University of Baroda, showing how commercially-grown fruits and vegetables contain pesticides like Aldrin, Chlordane, Dichlorvos much beyond the when permissible levels were 0.1 mg/kg.

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October 14, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Farming Forum Held in Mumbai

Update October 2016 – Resource Centre for Urban Agriculture & Forestry

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Update on RUAF projects:

• Encouraging pioneering business initiatives
• Value chain development for a local market in Gaza
• City region food systems and food waste reduction
• Accelerating sustainable WASH
• City region food systems training
• Assessing city region food systems and monitoring the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact implementation
• CityFoodTools fieldwork in 7 city-regions around the world

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October 12, 2016   Comments Off on Update October 2016 – Resource Centre for Urban Agriculture & Forestry

“Garden in the Sidewalk” Program begins in the Philippines

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To generate extra income, the excess of what the informal settlers’ families could consume will be linked up with socially-committed stores like Rustan’s to help market the vegetables.

By Ace June Rell S. Perez
Sun Star Davao
Oct 2, 2016

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“My attention was caught when I saw a squatter’s shanty standing on a vacant space in the sidewalk in Mandaluyong where beside it was a small garden planted with pechay, ampalaya and luyang dilaw, among other things,” he said, adding that this prompted him to meet with the officials of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), formerly the Bureau of Agricultural Extension (BAEx) and instructed them to conduct a survey of “how much vacant spaces are there in the different parts of the big cities.”

Piñol told the ATI and BPI that their technicians can teach these informal settlers, through a simple training on how to plant vegetables “in every available space, with the permission of the city governments.”

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October 9, 2016   Comments Off on “Garden in the Sidewalk” Program begins in the Philippines

Singapore’s Bjorn Low: Urban farming gave life goal to co-founder of Edible Garden City

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Mr Bjorn Low grows vegetables and herbs for restaurants to use in their Dishes. St Photo: Alphonsus Chern

Edible Garden City co-founder Bjorn Low was inspired to lead a simple life after working on organic farms in Europe

By Venessa Lee
StraitsTimes
Oct 3, 2016

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Mr Low and his team have built similar gardens on the rooftops of buildings such as Wheelock Place and Raffles City, as well as in schools such as Pathlight, which teaches high-functioning autistic children, and Montfort Secondary.

From its early days with five staff, Edible Garden City has 12 today. And last year, it generated $700,000 in revenue, with a net profit of $100,000.

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October 7, 2016   Comments Off on Singapore’s Bjorn Low: Urban farming gave life goal to co-founder of Edible Garden City

Bangkok’s Resort Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

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Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort Rooftop Hydroponic Farm. Click on image for larger file.

Resort partnered with Bangsai Agricultural Centre to offer its guests a locally grown, certified organic, freshly harvested selection of Western and Asian herbs, vegetables and salads in the hotel’s 2,800 square-meter rooftop Hydroponic Farm.

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Hydroponic Farming Design: Makavan Horsuwan and Chauphan Horsuwan, Bangsai Agricultural Centre
(Must see. Mike)

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Perched on the third floor overlooking the Chao Phraya River, the hydroponic rooftop farm partnership was sealed out of the passion both the Anantara Riverside and the Bangsai Agriculture Centre have in common, the commitment to providing fresh, healthy and non-toxic products to today’s demanding lifestyle as well as to educate and improve the local community’s competency and knowledge on the benefits of locally produced vegetables.

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September 28, 2016   Comments Off on Bangkok’s Resort Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Japan: Capturing the end of summer, city farming in Setagaya, Tokyo

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Photo Essay

By Nada Bonaso
Tokyo, Japan
September 11, 2016

See more photos here.

September 17, 2016   Comments Off on Japan: Capturing the end of summer, city farming in Setagaya, Tokyo

Singapore: Revamped mall to have urban farm, swimming pool, high-tech food court

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An artist’s impression of a bird’s eye view of the new Funan, which will will boast the largest area set aside for urban agriculture in the Central Business District. Photo: CapitaLand.

Will feature a 4,000 sq ft urban farm

Today Online
Sept 7, 2016

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The mall will also feature a 4,000 sq ft urban farm, where the public can learn more about the origins of their food and “adopt a plot” to grow their own products. Coupled with the 12,000 sq ft food garden, Funan will have the largest area set aside for urban agriculture in the Central Business District (CBD).

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September 11, 2016   Comments Off on Singapore: Revamped mall to have urban farm, swimming pool, high-tech food court

Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming

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These are sprouted vegetable seedlings which are harvested for salad soon after they have developed a few true leaves. They are very tender and nutritious.

Growing food plants in the urban setting can be undertaken as a personal hobby to grow plants for home consumption or it can also be undertaken as an honest-to-goodness money-making project

By Zac Sarian
MB.com
September 4, 2016

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Fresh vegetables and fruits as well as processed products will be available for sale to the visitors. Other items will include grow bags, growing media, seeds, ready-to-plant seedlings, planting materials of exotic fruit trees, organic fertilizers, garden tools, and many others.

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September 10, 2016   Comments Off on Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming

Connect with nature at a farming homestay in rural Japan

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Harry, his mother, Kanako Ryall, and Keiko Ishii, pull up a daikon radish.

Harvesting your own dinner is a great way for city slickers to escape the rat race

By Julian Ryall
Post Magazine
1 Sept 2016

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The huge daikon radish comes out of the dark soil a lot more easily than the fledgling farmer anticipated and the momentum swiftly deposits him on his bottom. But it’s still a victory for this three-year-old city boy getting his first taste of Japan’s countryside and he grins from ear to ear as he grips his prize tightly.

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September 8, 2016   Comments Off on Connect with nature at a farming homestay in rural Japan

A Terrace Kitchen garden in Kuwait

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Last year they were able to get around 900 grams of Green Chilly in a single day from their terrace.

Indiansinkuwait
Apr 27, 2016

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The climates in Kuwait are so extreme that forget about growing plants in balconies and maintaining them, we often don’t even come to our balconies for spending few minutes together. But that doesn’t stop this couple from spending their leisure time together with a good cause. Their tryst with growing vegetables started around seven years at their balcony. The unimaginable pleasure from this later made them to convert the building terrace into an organic vegetable garden, thanks to the support of his building caretaker. Today in his building terrace, you can see variety of fully ripe vegetables, such as Brinjal, Chillies, Snake Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Beans, Capsicum, Lady’s finger, Yellow Cucumber (Vellarikkai) etc. Cabbage, Cauliflower, Onions are on the early stages.

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September 5, 2016   Comments Off on A Terrace Kitchen garden in Kuwait

Singapore: Rooftop farm has crop of new ideas

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Comcrop CEO Allan Lim at his rooftop aquaponic farm. Mr Lim is optimistic that one day, the roofs of HDB estates and multistorey carparks could house similar urban rooftop farms. Photo: Dios Vincoy Jr For The Straits Times

He has his sights set on building a full-scale farm on a 3,500 sq metre location in Woodlands, with the aim of supplying food production centres and catering companies with leafy greens.

By Cheryl Teh
Straits Times
Aug 5, 2016

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Crops like basil and peppermint grow abundantly from vertical racks, and are tended to by several senior citizens and volunteers.

The crops from these racks alone provide over 150kg of produce per month – enough to garnish over 20,000 plates at a restaurant for a year.

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August 9, 2016   Comments Off on Singapore: Rooftop farm has crop of new ideas

Rooftop farming on rise in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Environment Management division has been pushing to expand rooftop farming in the Valley.

By Shraddha Amatya
My Republica
August 2, 2016

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“The uncontrolled and rapid urbanization puts a lot of strain on of the Valley’s environmental, ground water, land and its capacity to manage wastes,” said Sanu Maya Maharjan, section officer at the KMC Environment Management Division said. “Using rooftops to grow vegetables could prove a viable alternative to supplement vegetables supply in the Valley.”

“The demand for taking the training on rooftop farming has been growing consistently. But we have not been allocate enough time for it,” said Maharjan.

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August 5, 2016   Comments Off on Rooftop farming on rise in Kathmandu

Korea’s first school to teach farming to retirees who come from cities

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koreoldThe first students to enroll in a school that teaches farming to retirees from urban areas pose in front of their dormitory in Yeongju, North Gyeongsang. [GONG JEONG-SIK]

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, North Gyeongsang Provincial Government and Yeongju City Government spent about 2 billion won ($1.7 million) building the school, which allows retirees to better settle into rural areas.

By Song Yee-Ho
Korea Joining Daily
July 16, 2016

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The students mostly learn practical agricultural skills such as how to make and manage fertilizers, cultivate farmland and use farming machines. The school also owns small parcels of land where students can practice growing different crops.

The students were also paired up with senior farmers who grow the crops they are interested in growing themselves. They visited their mentor’s farms and also went to historic places such as Buseok Temple.

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July 20, 2016   Comments Off on Korea’s first school to teach farming to retirees who come from cities

Farming your own food in Singapore with actor-singer Nat Ho

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Farmer Nat Ho. Photo: Jason Ho

Ho’s takeaway is that stuff you grow yourself tastes better.

By May Seah
Today
July 9, 2016

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One person who has embraced the hobby is actor-singer Nat Ho, who earned himself the nickname “Farmer Ho”, thanks to his off-the-beaten-track pastime of HDB flat gardening.

“Dawn Yeoh was the first one to give me that nickname,” said the Tanglin actor, who cultivates his own cherry tomatoes, chye sim, chilli and mint in his apartment. “It seems like such an ah pek thing to do, right? But I was telling my friends about it and some of them actually started their own gardens, too.”

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July 15, 2016   Comments Off on Farming your own food in Singapore with actor-singer Nat Ho

Vietnam’s Hoi An offers unique farming experience to eco-tourists

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watervA tourist waters vegetable beds in the Tra Que vegetable village, Hoi An City, with instructions from a local farmer. Photo: Tuoi Tre. Click on image for larger file.

Long known for its century-old ancient town and one-of-a-kind delicacies, Hoi An City in central Vietnam has been gaining popularity among green-fingered tourists with its eco-tours that guarantee full immersion in the agricultural lifestyle of rural Vietnam.

Tuoi Tre News
06/26/2016

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After a tour around Hoi An Ancient Town, a group of young tourists from the UK and Ukraine decided to hop on rented bicycles to explore the Tra Que vegetable village with their own eyes, ears, and hands.

Arriving at the village at 4:00 in the afternoon, the group paid for a homestay house situated only 300 meters from the vegetable fields to spend the night, determined to hit them at first light the next morning.

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June 29, 2016   Comments Off on Vietnam’s Hoi An offers unique farming experience to eco-tourists