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Irrigated Urban Vegetable Production In Ghana:


Characteristics, Benefits And Risk Mitigation

Edited by Pay Drechsel and Bernard Keraita
Second Edition
September 2014

The second edition of this book presents updated research findings on urban and peri-urban agriculture and vegetable farming in Ghana’s major cities with a special focus on the risks and risk mitigation related to the use of polluted water sources as it is common across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Foreword to the Second Edition

Over the last 10 years, the International Water Management Institute’s research in Ghana has had a major thrust in urban agriculture in general and (wastewater) irrigated vegetable farming in particular. The first edition of this book was published in 2006 under the title Irrigated Urban Vegetable Production in Ghana: Characteristics, Benefits and Risks –demand was high and it eventually ran out of print but the research resulted in many new studies that have improved our knowledge of the subject.

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September 19, 2014   No Comments

Future Farmers: a guide to running an urban food growing traineeship


The sky’s the limit for London’s future farmers

By Sustain: The Alliance For Better Food And Farming
Sept. 2014

A new guide aimed at organisations hoping to train the next generation of urban farmers, is being launched today on a rooftop farm in central London. The document – titled Future Farmers; a guide for running an urban food growing traineeship – is being launched by the Mayor of London’s food advisor, Rosie Boycott, as part of Urban Food Fortnight, which will see London’s food growers selling produce at over 100 events and outlet.

Chair of London Food Board, Rosie Boycott, said: “Training and apprenticeships are key to making sure there are enough skilled people to start food growing enterprises and help to meet the demand for locally produced, great quality food that we see here in London. This new initiative provides a comprehensive and practical guide to help nurture the next generation of professional urban growers.”

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September 16, 2014   No Comments

Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive


“Bee populations are diminishing due to human impact”

By Mark L. Winston
Harvard University Press
August 2014

Being among bees is a full-body experience, Mark Winston writes—from the low hum of tens of thousands of insects and the pungent smell of honey and beeswax, to the sight of workers flying back and forth between flowers and the hive. The experience of an apiary slows our sense of time, heightens our awareness, and inspires awe. Bee Time presents Winston’s reflections on three decades spent studying these creatures, and on the lessons they can teach about how humans might better interact with one another and the natural world.

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September 15, 2014   No Comments

FAO publication – Manual ‘A vegetable garden for all’


Graphical interface makes an easy read for all

2014 FAO 5th Edition
260 pages
(Must See. Mike)

A Vegetable Garden for All is a self-instruction manual in family horticultural production, prepared originally by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, in support of the Technical Cooperation Network for Food Production.

The objective of this manual is to present a technology suitable for family horticultural production and consumption. It is a manual for small-scale farmers, school teachers, children, and urban and peri-urban families with access to small plots of land. Better nutrition and better incomes can be achieved through families working in horticultural production.

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September 8, 2014   No Comments

Espaces et sociétés: ‘Agriculture et ville’


n° 158, 2014/3, Pages: 232

“L’engouement actuel pour les jardins partagés, les fermes urbaines, les circuits-courts alimentaires, témoignent en Europe et aux États-Unis d’un lien agriculture et ville en renouvellement. Or ce dernier pose nombre de questions relatives à l’évolution des pratiques, à l’organisation productive, l’aménagement, etc. Ce dossier analyse la manière dont ce lien se manifeste et les enjeux qu’il soulève en Europe, avec une mise en perspective à partir de cas des pays du Sud.

L’objectif des textes réunis dans ce numéro d’Espaces et Sociétés est de rendre compte de la diversité des enjeux que porte l’articulation renouvelée entre ville et agriculture. Le dossier se compose de six articles scientifiques, et d’une interview croisée de chercheurs reconnus portant sur le thème du dossier.”

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September 5, 2014   Comments Off

Second Nature Urban Agriculture – Designing Productive Cities


Just published, August 2014

By André Viljoen, Katrin Bohn
Routledge August 2014
300 pages
(Must see. Mike)

This book is the long awaited sequel to “Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: Designing Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities”.

“Second Nature Urban Agriculture” updates and extends the authors’ concept for introducing productive urban landscapes, including urban agriculture, into cities as essential elements of sustainable urban infrastructure. It reviews recent research and projects on the subject and presents concrete actions aimed at making urban agriculture happen.

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August 23, 2014   Comments Off

Sustainable Urban Agriculture in Cuba


Sinan Koont has spent the last several years researching urban agriculture in Cuba, including field work at many sustainable farms on the island.

By Sinan Koont
University Press of Florida (December 11, 2011)
Sinan Koont is associate professor of economics at Dickinson College.
A volume in the series Contemporary Cuba, edited by John M. Kirk
208 pages

“Pushed by necessity but enabled by its existing social and educational policies, Cuba in the 1990s launched the most extensive program of urban sustainable agriculture in the world. This study is to date the only book-length investigation in either English or Spanish of this important national experiment in transforming the environmental, economic, and social nature of today’s dominant system of producing food.”—Al Campbell, University of Utah

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August 11, 2014   Comments Off

The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild Hardcover


From the bestselling author of Crow Planet, a compelling journey into the secret lives of the wild animals at our back door.

By Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Little, Brown and Company
Sept 17, 2013

In The Urban Bestiary, acclaimed nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. Haupt’s observations bring compelling new questions to light: Whose “home” is this? Where does the wild end and the city begin? And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives?

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August 2, 2014   Comments Off

The Permaculture Kitchen


Love Food, Love People, Love the Planet

By Carl Legge
Chelsea Green
June 2014

An introduction to cooking with local, seasonal, foraged, homegrown, fresh, and free-range produce. Recipes allow a variety of ingredients to be used, with vegetarian and vegan alternatives.

This is the ultimate introduction to economical, seasonal, and delicious cooking. The Permaculture Kitchen is written by a passionate smallholder and cook who explains how to make tasty meals using seasonal, foraged, homegrown, local, fresh, and free-range produce, including meat, and sustainably caught fish. This is a cookbook for gardeners who love to eat their own produce, and for people who enjoy a weekly veggie box, or supporting their local farmers’ market.

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July 20, 2014   Comments Off

Old Manhattan Has Some Farms


Forthcoming August 5, 2014

By Susan Lendroth (Author), Kate Endle (Illustrator)
Publisher: Charlesbridge
32 pages

My newest children’s picture book, Old Manhattan Has Some Farms, explores urban agriculture from a young child’s perspective. Slated for release by Charlesbridge Publishing on August 5, Old Manhattan employs the Old MacDonald rhyme as a framework for a lighthearted look at how communities across North America (including Canada) are adding locally grown foods to the menu.

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July 19, 2014   Comments Off

Informal Urban Agriculture – The Secret Lives of Guerrilla Gardeners


Forthcoming October 26, 2014

By Michael Hardman is Lecturer in Geography at the University of Salford, and Peter J. Larkham is Professor of Planning at Birmingham City University.
Series: Urban Agriculture, Springer
2014, Approx. 350 p. 35 illus., 34 illus. in color.

First major critical evaluation of guerrilla gardening in the UK

Responds to increasing concerns for local food production and food security

Urban agriculture, such as guerrilla gardening, could improved many spaces
– large and small – in every town or city

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July 14, 2014   Comments Off

Wissen wuchern lassen – Ein Handbuch zum Lernen in urbanen Garten


“Let knowledge mushroom – Handbook on learning from urban gardens

Herausgegeben von: Severin Halder, Dörte Martens, Gerda Münnich, Andrea Lassalle, Thomas Aenis, Eckhard Schäfer
In German

Focusing on practical answers this handbook assembles various modules for the creation of green learning spaces. At the same time it enables insight into the broad creative experiences of urban gardeners.

Here DIY knowledge of the gardening amateurs from Allmende-Kontor, Prinzessinnengarten and Bürgergarten Laskerwiese meets expert knowledge from the trained gardeners and farmers of Bauerngarten, Peter-Lenné-School and Humboldt University of Berlin. An open knowledge transfer in terms of discussions, seeds, garden map, redworms and recipes takes place.

It’s a compilation of Berlin farmer’s shrewdness, flowery manuals and common banana skins – for everyone looking for how to get the hands really dirty!

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July 10, 2014   Comments Off

The Big Allotment Challenge: The Patch – Grow Make Eat


By Tessa Evelegh
Hodder & Stoughton
10 April 2014

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is surprisingly easy whatever the size of your garden or allotment. You don’t need to be entirely self-sufficient but there’s nothing more satisfying than being able to harvest your own tomatoes, snip a few leaves from a salad bed or make strawberry jam from home-grown strawberries. And by planting some easy-to-grow flowering plants it’s perfectly possible to have freshly picked cut flowers to decorate your table.

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July 9, 2014   Comments Off

Allotment Gardens in England, France, and Germany, 1870-1919


The Working Man’s Green Space

By Micheline Nilsen
Associate Professor of Art History at Indiana University South Bend. She is the author of Railways and Western European Capitals: Studies of Implantation in London, Paris, Berlin, and Brussels.
University of Virginia Press
Feb 2014

With antecedents dating back to the Middle Ages, the community garden is more popular than ever as a means of procuring the freshest food possible and instilling community cohesion. But as Micheline Nilsen shows, the small-garden movement, which gained impetus in the nineteenth century as rural workers crowded into industrial cities, was for a long time primarily a repository of ideas concerning social reform, hygienic improvement, and class mobility. Complementing efforts by worker cooperatives, unions, and social legislation, the provision of small garden plots offered some relief from bleak urban living conditions. Urban planners often thought of such gardens as a way to insert “lungs” into a city.

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June 9, 2014   Comments Off

100 Edible and Healing Flowers: cultivating – cooking – restoring health


By Margaret Roberts
Struik Nature (Random House Struik)
February 2014

Margaret Roberts is a well-known proponent of the use of natural products to enhance health and wellbeing. In 100 Edible and Healing Flowers, she encourages readers to create a garden of flowers that can be used in celebrations, in the kitchen, and also to produce medicines and cosmetics. In this hands-on, practical book, Margaret instructs how and when to plant, grow and harvest flowers, and supplies recipes that harness the medicinal, cosmetic and edible nature of these plants.

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June 1, 2014   Comments Off