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Agricultura Urbana – Espacios de Cultivo para una Ciudad Sostenibles

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Urban Agriculture – Spaces of Cultivation for a Sustainable City

By Graciela Arosemena
Editorial Gustavo Gili, S.L.; 1 edition
2012. 128 pages.

Excerpt from review by François Mancebo, PhD:

In her short book Urban Agriculture, Graciela Arosemena, gives an overview of urban agriculture’s history until the great rupture and asks a question: Now that agriculture has moved outside the city, is it time to bring it back again? Her answer is “yes”, for many reasons which she associates with the idea of making cities more sustainable. In her vision, urban agriculture can stop the vicious circle of real estate speculation, provide a healthy leisure, foster social cohesion, support a new management of organic waste to reduce city’s ecological footprint and provide food security—if not complete self-sufficiency—by allowing citizens to consume locally grown vegetables and ripe fruits.

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September 13, 2017   No Comments

The Book of Bees!

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Who survived being stung by 2,443 bees? This book answers all these questions and many more.

By Piotr Socha (Author), Wojciech Grajkowski (Author)
Thames & Hudson Ltd
(Sept. 22 2016)

From the Book bag:

The Book of Bees may look like a typical picture book, but it has a lot buzzing underneath the surface. It is adapted from the original Polish book Pszczoly. Packed to the brim with bee facts and figures and accompanied by the wonderful comic-style artwork of Piotr Socha, the book is an odd amalgam: part coffee table book/ nature encyclopaedia/factfile/picture book. Don’t be fooled by its simple cover; The Bee Book is a treasure trove of information just waiting to ‘bee’ harvested!

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September 1, 2017   Comments Off on The Book of Bees!

Ugly Vegetables

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It’s easy to appreciate a garden exploding with colorful flowers and fragrances, but what do you do with a patch of ugly vegetables?

By Grace Lin (Author, Illustrator)
The (Ages 3-8)
Charlesbridge; (July 1 2001)

Excerpt:

From Publishers Weekly:

In this debut children’s book, a girl and her mother chart their own course in spring planting and reap the benefits. The girl narrator is clearly disappointed when, unlike her neighbors who prepare flower gardens, she and her mother plant Chinese vegetables that, her mother insists, are “better than flowers.” While the other backyards yield colorful blooms, her garden becomes crowded with “ugly vegetables,” lumpy, bumpy and “icky yellow.” But when the girl’s mother uses them to make a soup, its “magical aroma” attracts neighbors to their door carrying bouquets of flowers from their gardens.

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August 30, 2017   Comments Off on Ugly Vegetables

Holistic Goat Care

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A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Healthy Animals, Preventing Common Ailments, and Troubleshooting Problems

By Gianaclis Caldwell
Chelsea Green Publishing
June 07, 2017

Excerpt:

Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter to carrying packs and clearing brush, there isn’t much that goats cannot do. Managing goats successfully requires an understanding of how nature designed them to thrive, including nutritional and psychological needs, as well as how to identify a problem and intercede before it’s too late.

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August 29, 2017   Comments Off on Holistic Goat Care

Tokyo: Mirai Corporation uses vertical farming

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Grant Imahara visits Tokyo and meets with the group at Mirai, whose goal is to bring farm-fresh food to the middle of one of the busiest cities on the planet.

Also see Mouser’s 40 page ebook on Vertical Farming

Mouser.com
2017

Excerpt from book:

Fast-forward to the 20th Century, and the evolution of vertical farming accelerates, drawing on human need, land availability, and industrial advancements. By March 4, 1909, when Life Magazine published what is now known as the first vertical farm illustration, the concept included an open-air building with vertically stacked “vertical homesteads” that cultivated food for consumption.

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August 15, 2017   Comments Off on Tokyo: Mirai Corporation uses vertical farming

The Woman Hobby Farmer

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Female Perspectives on Farming Challenges and Solutions

By Karen Lanier
CompanionHouse Press.
Forthcoming Sept 2017

Hobby farming is alive and thriving in urban, semi-rural, suburban, and rural areas across the country, and female farmers have been cited as the fastest growing sector within the farming community in recent years. With more than 1 million women in the United States and Canada describing farming as their primary source of income, and many more for whom hobby farming is just that—a hobby—the time is right for a publication dedicated to hobby farming from a female perspective.

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June 13, 2017   Comments Off on The Woman Hobby Farmer

The Aquaponic Farmer

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Forthcoming: A Complete Guide to Building and Operating a Commercial Aquaponic System

By Adrian Southern & Whelm King
New Society Publishers
Sept 1, 2017

Aquaponic farming — raising fish and vegetables together commercially — is the most promising innovation for a sustainable, profitable, localized food system. Until now, systems have largely focussed on warm-water fish such as tilapia. A lack of reliable information for raising fish and vegetables in the cool climates of North America and Europe has been a major stumbling block.

The Aquaponic Farmer is the game changer.

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June 2, 2017   Comments Off on The Aquaponic Farmer

Home Grown Food Summit 2017 – Register To Watch For Free

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38+ experts share their best secrets for growing all your own food and medicine

Speakers:

Mike Adams
The Coming Antibiotics Apocalypse

Howard Garrett
Planting & Managing Trees
(The Right Way!)

Sally Fallon
Nourishing Fats In Your Diet

Sayer Ji
Nightshades Illuminated

Joel Salatin
Salad Bar Beef

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May 30, 2017   Comments Off on Home Grown Food Summit 2017 – Register To Watch For Free

The Food Forest Handbook

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Design and Manage a Home-Scale Perennial Polyculture Garden

By Darrell Frey & Michelle Czolba
New Society Books
April, 2017

A food forest is a productive landscape developed around a mix of trees and perennials. Rooted in permaculture principles, this integrated approach to gardening incorporates a variety of plants such as fruit and nut trees, shrubs, vines, and perennial herbs and vegetables. Food forests can help increase biodiversity, protect valuable habitat for beneficial insects, and promote food security and resilience, all while providing an abundant harvest.

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May 29, 2017   Comments Off on The Food Forest Handbook

Worms at Work

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Harnessing the Awesome Power of Worms with Vermiculture and Vermicomposting

By Crystal Stevens
New Society Publishers
June 1, 2017

Increasingly, we want to know where our food comes from, who grows it and how it is grown, and interest in permaculture, backyard composting, and gardening in general, is growing. So how does the budding gardener ensure that the soil is healthy and nutrient-rich enough to support growing some great food? One answer — worms! Vermiculture is the healthiest and most cost-effective way to ensure that your soil receives the nourishment that it needs. A simple vermicompost bin can produce completely natural, nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be used to boost soil health and, in turn, increase crop yield.

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May 25, 2017   Comments Off on Worms at Work

Writer bringing energy to Vale Urban Farm in Schenectady, New York

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Sharon Astyk stands with her children Zion Woods, 4, and Malkiah Woods, 5.

A science blogger and author who has written four books on agricultural, energy policy and food preservation. “It’s amazing to me how much land and agricultural possibilities there are in cities.”

By Bill Buell
The Daily GAzete
April 27, 2017

Excerpt:

During her time in Knox, Astyk produced four books, beginning with “Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front” in 2008. She followed that up with “Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation” and “A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil” in 2009, and then wrote “Making Home: Adapting our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place” in 2011.

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May 5, 2017   Comments Off on Writer bringing energy to Vale Urban Farm in Schenectady, New York

Global Urban Agriculture

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One of the first volumes to bring together evidence from urban agriculture in the Global North and the Global South

Edited by A WinklerPrins,
US National Science Foundation, USA
May 2017 / Hardback / 251 Pages
(Must see. Mike)

In one of the first books to consider urban agriculture in a global context, this book brings together material from around the world, illustrating how urban agriculture is much more than growing food. The book opens with an introductory chapter (WinklerPrins) defining urban agriculture and discussing how the topic has been differentially treated around the world, comparing and contrasting UA between the Global North and South.

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May 2, 2017   Comments Off on Global Urban Agriculture

No Dig Organic Home & Garden

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New Book: Charles is a pioneer of organic and no dig growing since 1983, creating and cropping four market gardens, the largest of seven acres.

By Charles Dowding & Stephanie Hafferty
Permanent Publications
May/June 2017

They describe how to:

make compost and enrich soil
learn skills you need to sow and grow annual and perennial veg
harvest and prepare food year round
make natural cosmetics, cleaning products and garden preparations

These approaches work as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The Authors’ combined experience gives you ways of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, including delicious vegetable feasts and many recipes and ideas for increasing self reliance, saving money, living sustainably and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round.

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May 1, 2017   Comments Off on No Dig Organic Home & Garden

Namibia: ‘Growing Food in Windhoek’ Handbook

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By producing food in and around the city, we can connect – the production with the market, experiments, ideas and solutions, and people of all ages and all walks of life.

Excerpt:

Namibia needs to urgently tackle hunger, undernourishment and malnutrition. Thee latest data stems from the 2016 Global Hunger Index of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

In this report, “hunger” refers to four indicators – undernourishment, child stunting (low height-for-age), child wasting (low weight-for-height), and child mortality.

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April 24, 2017   Comments Off on Namibia: ‘Growing Food in Windhoek’ Handbook

Home Kitchen Garden – in Italian

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By Sandra Longinotti
Maggio 2016

Home Kitchen Garden è un discorso aperto fra cucina e orto cittadino possibile, in una contaminazione continua fra gusto e lifestyle. Si parte dalla bellezza del fiore edule di alcune varietà orticole, spontanee e floreali che possono crescere anche in piccoli spazi urbani – sul davanzale di una finestra, sul balcone o in un piccolo giardino – per aprire un discorso più ampio su ogni specie.

Coltivazione, ricette, piccole idee living, curiosità e informazioni pratiche per piante comuni e molto diffuse come la Rosa o il Carciofo, così come per varietà meno conosciute, da cui lasciarsi sorprendere e ispirare. Ecco le quattordici varietà: Acmella, Amaranto, Begliuomini, Begonia, Borragine, Carciofo, Cipolla, Crisantemo, Finocchietto, Lavanda, Nasturzio, Rosa, Rosmarino e Viola.

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April 10, 2017   Comments Off on Home Kitchen Garden – in Italian