Category — Book
New book: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business
By Julia Shanks
New Society Publishers
Sept 1, 2016
You decided to become a farmer because you love being outside, working the land and making a difference in the way we eat and farm.
And when you decided to become a farmer, you also became an entrepreneur and business person. In order to be ecologically and financially sustainable, you must understand the basics of accounting and bookkeeping, and learn how to manage a growing business.
September 16, 2016 No Comments
Sole Food, a five-acre farm in the city’s grittiest neighbourhood that employs people who have been abandoned by society
By Randy Shore
September 14, 2016
Q: You use the word incongruent to describe the Sole Food farm site on the Downtown Eastside. How has the feeling in the neighbourhood evolved?
A: When people close their eyes and think of a farm they see a pastoral scene with fences and a barn, rows of food and cows grazing. In our case, that visual is very different. Our farms float in a sea of roadways and tall buildings and along the alleys in some hard parts of Vancouver.
September 15, 2016 No Comments
Case studies are included from several European countries, including Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Turkey and the UK, as well as Australia, Canada, Cameroon, Ethiopia and the United States (New York and Los Angeles).
Edited by Rob Roggema
2016 – Routledge
272 pages | 102 B/W Illus.
As urban populations rise rapidly and concerns about food security increase, interest in urban agriculture has been renewed in both developed and developing countries. This book focuses on the sustainable development of urban agriculture and its relationship to food planning in cities.
It brings together the best revised and updated papers from the Sixth Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) conference on Sustainable Food Planning. The main emphasis is on the latest research and thinking on spatial planning and design, showing how urban agriculture provides opportunities to develop and enhance the spatial quality of urban environments.
September 2, 2016 Comments Off on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Planning
The Rise Of Urban Agriculture
By Christine Brown-Paul
September 2016 / Issue 171
(Must see. Mike)
In this issue we trace the rise of city farming – also known as urban agriculture – a phenomenon whose widespread uptake globally is at the vanguard of a silent revolution in the way our food is produced. Embracing practices such as rooftop farming, hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics and the like, city farming is the farming of the future.
August 31, 2016 Comments Off on Practical Hydroponics Magazine Features ‘City Farming’
The book is a starter guide for growing and using local plants as medicine.
By Author, Bonnie Rose Weaver, and editor, Mari Amend
Deeply Rooted includes:
Over 40 original drawings and graphics by Bonnie Rose Weaver
Foreword by San Francisco urban farmer Caitlyn Galloway of Little City Gardens
Essay by Lauren Kaneko-Jones, LAc of SWAP and Well in the West about living in harmony with the seasons -Specific herbal cultivation techniques
August 23, 2016 Comments Off on Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis
New Book: From White House to Tacoma, WA, urban agriculture is growing
By Sally Brown (Editor), Kristen McIvor (Editor), Elizabeth Hodges Snyder (Editor)
Hardcover: 407 pages
Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 2016 edition (April 26, 2016)
(Must see. Mike)
Urban agriculture has the potential to change our food systems, enhance habitat in our cities, and to morph urban areas into regions that maximize rather than disrupt ecosystem services. The potential impacts of urban agriculture on a range of ecosystem services including soil and water conservation, waste recycling, climate change mitigation, habitat, and food production is only beginning to be recognized.
August 19, 2016 Comments Off on Sowing Seeds in the City: Ecosystem and Municipal Services
‘People are no easier to recover than the land buried under layers of pavement.’
By Michael Ableman
Earth Island Journal
Aug 17, 2016
We interrupt harvesting for one of our farm walks, a chance for me to share some techniques or a little philosophy, answer questions, and tell stories. And I realize that even as I am telling stories to make abundance real and visual for folks who may never have experienced it, I am feeling my own doubts and questions about what lies ahead. It feels odd for me standing in this parking lot on a street corner talking about soil microbes, optimal plant spacing, or the life cycle of an aphid. On my rural farm, not far from here, I’d be carrying on similar conversations, but there I’m mentoring young, well-scrubbed kids fresh out of college, most of whom have never known real hardship, all still hopeful and idealistic, too young for life to have slapped them around.
August 18, 2016 Comments Off on Excerpts from Michael Ableman’s book, ‘Street Farm’ (August 2016)
New book released today! “We hope that the book will contribute to the strong and growing movement for a more socially just food system in New York City and far beyond.” (The authors.)
By Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen
2016, University of Georgia Press Geographies of Justice & Social Transformation series.
Urban agriculture is increasingly considered an important part of creating just and sustainable cities. Yet the benefits that many people attribute to urban agriculture—fresh food, green space, educational opportunities—can mask structural inequities, thereby making political transformation harder to achieve. Realizing social and environmental justice requires moving beyond food production to address deeper issues such as structural racism, gender inequity, and economic disparities. Beyond the Kale argues that urban agricultural projects focused explicitly on dismantling oppressive systems have the greatest potential to achieve substantive social change.
August 15, 2016 Comments Off on Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City
We recommend that the key influencers in the health, environmental, and gardening and horticulture sectors need to come together and develop a stronger joint strategy that will allow them to have a greater influence on policy on gardens and health at the strategic as well as local level, and contribute constructively to debates on sustainability
By David Buck
The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England.
This report was commissioned by the National Gardens Scheme
Executive summary: What this report is about
This report looks at the impact of gardens and gardening on health and wellbeing, and explores what the NHS and the wider health and social care system can do to maximise this impact.
Gardens are often thought of as intimate private spaces attached to private households but they can also be large private or formal gardens open to the public, or part of hospitals, care homes or hospices. Gardens serve many purposes: they can be cultivated for flowers or growing food; used as spaces for exercise, relaxation, solace and recovery; used as places to play, meet and volunteer; and can be part of wider environmental, planning or sustainability policies.
August 3, 2016 Comments Off on Gardens and health: Implications for policy and practice
Forthcoming in September, 2016 – By Michael Ableman
By Michael Ableman
Chelsea Green Publishing
Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia—one of the worst urban slums in North America—who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood. It is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing others as a way to heal our world and ourselves.
During the past seven years, Sole Food Street Farms—now North America’s largest urban farm project—has transformed acres of vacant and contaminated urban land into street farms that grow artisan-quality fruits and vegetables. By providing jobs, agricultural training, and inclusion in a community of farmers and food lovers, the Sole Food project has empowered dozens of individuals with limited resources who are managing addiction and chronic mental health problems.
July 29, 2016 Comments Off on Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier
Book titled “Waterless Farming’ looks at these techniques
By Francis Freeman
(May 23, 2016)
But what is Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW)? In a nutshell, RCW can be defined a biological agricultural technique directed to enrich and manure the soil, as well as succeed in growing plants without water. To achieve these goals the strategy used is to spread and then mix chopped fresh twigs (from now on also called wood chips or chipped wood) in the soil; this gives rise to a whole series of events, which generate a trophic chain, which in the last analysis consents to obtain such extraordinary results.
July 5, 2016 Comments Off on Drip Irrigation, Mulching and Ramial Chipped Wood
Inside City Farmer’s office is a copy of Resilient Gardens 2016: Climate Change, Stress Disorders, Pest Update. Levenston and Slack recommended this new book by Salt Spring Island–based pest-management and gardening expert Linda Gilkeson.
By Carlito Pablo
June 8th, 2016
Last summer was so hot that many probably thought it was one for the books. Well, it turned out that Earth in 2015 had its warmest summer in recorded history. It was another sign that the planet is heating up, due mainly to human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions into the atmosphere.
For some folks in Vancouver, the dry conditions at the time made gardening so challenging that they immediately started an experiment.
June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Climate change causes City Farmer to try different gardening techniques in Vancouver plot
Transforming Food Systems In An Urbanizing World
By Douglas Bereuter and Dan Glickman, cochairs Thomas A. Reardon, principal author Endorsed by an Independent Advisory Group
The Chicago Council of Global Affairs
Growth in the world’s cities is exploding. Today, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas. By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s people are expected to live
1n cities, feuling unprecedented demand for food. Especially low – and middle – income countries(LMICs) in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, feeding urban populations has become an urgent and critical challenge.
As cities grow, diets are changing. Urban consumers are demanding a more diversified diet, including fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meat, and are increasingly consuming processed foods. Accompanying these shifts is the transformation of supply chains, affecting farmers, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and consumers. A process has begun, which will continue for decades, that is transforming food systems from farm to fork.
June 8, 2016 Comments Off on Growing Food For Growing Cities
Research by design into sustainable development and agriculture in the network society
By Peter J.A.M. Smeets
Wageningen Academic Pubishers
2011 Pages: 320
This book is the result of several years of expedition into the development of metropolitan FoodClusters. The author’s fascination for the agricultural landscapes in and around metropolises led him to the conclusion that improving the efficiency of agriculture is the most effective way to safeguard the quality of such landscapes. The wasteful modes of production developed in the past 150 years have led to a serious decline in both the surface area and the quality of the highly valued landscapes.
May 24, 2016 Comments Off on Expedition agroparks
Touren zu den neuen Gärten der Stadt Unterwegs in Berlin
By Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen
192 Seiten, 184 Abb., 135 x 210 mm, Paperback
Mitten in der Stadt wohnen und trotzdem das eigene Gemüse anpflanzen, pflegen und ernten: Großer Luxus, der manchmal sogar in einer kleinen Kiste wächst. Die Idee des Urban Gardening kam bereits Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts auf und wird in Berlin seit einigen Jahren wieder kultiviert. Dieses Buch führt den Leser zu über 70 sehenswerten Berliner Gartenprojekten, stellt unterschiedliche Konzepte des Urban Gardening vor und verrät, wo sich ganz besondere Gärten verbergen.
May 18, 2016 Comments Off on Urban Gardening in Berlin