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Expedition agroparks

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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.

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May 24, 2016   No Comments

Urban Gardening in Berlin

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Touren zu den neuen Gärten der Stadt Unterwegs in Berlin

By Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen
192 Seiten, 184 Abb., 135 x 210 mm, Paperback
Februar 2016

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.

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May 18, 2016   No Comments

Community Garden Club of Meredith, New Hampshire hosts ‘Gardening is Murder’ author Neal Sanders

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He chronicles their garden and his views on gardening in his widely read blog, ‘The Principal Undergardener’.

The Citizen
May 9, 2016

Excerpt:

Neal Sanders retired from the corporate world in 2005 with an idea that he might pursue writing fiction. With the upcoming publication of ‘How to Murder Your Contractor’, he has now written ten books, and has many more ideas for future intrigue. Many of his mysteries feature a horticultural theme and more than a few of them will garner a chuckle as the plot unfolds.

Strong, independent women are at the heart of his writing. Sometimes they solve crimes, sometimes they commit them, but the women are always interesting and his books contain unexpected twists guaranteed to intrigue all readers. Neal’s books stand out as he is a thorough researcher adding accurate descriptions and details whether it is a flower show, corporate merger, or murder trial.

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May 16, 2016   No Comments

Food And The Cities

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Food policies for sustainable cities

By Andrea Calori and Andrea Magarini
Edizioni Ambiente
October 2015
Pages 200

Food systems sustainability is strongly influenced by world urbanization: since 2008, more than half of the world’s population lives in a city, which is an ecosystem that depends on other resources to acquire what is needed (energy, water, soil, food, etc.) and to dispose of what is not metabolized (waste, scrap, emissions, etc.). Besides, world urbanization also shapes the imbalances between global wealth production as measured in GDP and the many facets of well-being, sustainability, and the resilience of social and environmental systems against external shocks.

The first part of the book examines the fundamental elements of agro-food cycles, that represent crucial factors of the urban metabolism and its social, economic, and environmental dimensions; these elements constitute the “urban infrastructure,” along with social services, public transportation, health care, education, waste and water management. They are a fundamental component of in the urban life that is inseparable from citizens’ basic rights and needs, individual lifestyles and cultures, the socio-economic structure, and the city’s relationship with the surrounding environment.

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May 15, 2016   No Comments

RUAF renewed its Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems

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RUAF Update – May 2016

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In a recent meeting (18-21 April 2016) in its new home base in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, RUAF Foundation, with several of its founding partners and a number of new partner institutions have renewed the RUAF Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems.

This new partnership replaces the RUAF member network that existed since the start of RUAF in 2000. The current members of the RUAF Partnership are a mix of municipalities, research institutes, and NGOs and include: the International Water Management Institute based in Colombo, Sri Lanka; the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences based in Beijing, China;

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May 13, 2016   No Comments

A Review Of The Benefits And Limitations Of Urban Agriculture

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Vacant Lots To Vibrant Plot

By Raychel Santo Anne Palmer Brent Kim
John Hopkins Centre for Liveable Future
May 2016
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Recommendations for framing the merits of urban agriculture.

Urban agriculture should be evaluated for the multifaceted nature of its outcomes – social, health, environmental, and economic – and not merely for its potential outputs in terms of food production or economic development measures.

The list below offers a number of evidence-based talking points for advocates seeking to advance urban agriculture policy and programs:

1) Urban agriculture’s most significant benefits center around its ability to increase social capital, community well-being, and civic engagement with the food system.

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May 9, 2016   Comments Off on A Review Of The Benefits And Limitations Of Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture Europe – the book

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Case studies from Barcelona, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Sofia, Warsaw, and the Ruhr metropolis

By Frank Lohrberg, Lilli Li?ka, Lionella Scazzosi, Axel Timpe (eds.)
Available in bookstores or directly at Jovis publishers in December 2015. The book will be available in the United States and Canada through artbooks / D.A.P in March 2016

How can agriculture contribute to the sustainable development of European cities? How can agriculture and horticulture create vital urban spaces that have new social and ecological qualities and are also economically viable?

Urban Agriculture Europe is the first comprehensive, transdisciplinary publication about Urban Agriculture in Europe. Apart from well-known examples of urban food gardens in western European metropolises, this volume also studies innovative forms of agriculture on the urban periphery, bringing in experiences in eastern and southern Europe.

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May 2, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Europe – the book

Garden book from Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario

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82-year-old Ed Burt shares his secrets

By Michael Erskine
The Manitoulin Express
April 15, 2016

Excerpt:

he first learned the art and science of gardening at the foot of his grandfather 82 years ago at the age of five— and a lot of the knowledge he has acquired over the years is contained in his new book, ‘My Journey in the Garden: Ed Burt’s Way of Growing Food’.

“When my grandparents came to Manitoulin they experienced some especially rough winters,” he said. “We didn’t have the transportation we have now. The railroad was 40-50 miles away and if you didn’t have a horse, it was a long way away.” Adding to the distance, the roads in those days were not ploughed in the winter and few people had a car or truck to travel the roads even if the snow wasn’t an obstacle. Growing and storing food wasn’t a hobby or pastime in those early days, it was a survival skill. “I grew up in that environment,” said Mr. Burt.

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April 30, 2016   Comments Off on Garden book from Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario

An Urban Grower’s Guide: Selling the Food You Grow in Pittsburgh

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The goal of the guide is to encourage city residents to grow and sell produce by providing resources that explain the relevant rules and regulations.

By Grow Pittsburgh, Penn State Extension, and Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
April 2016

Excerpt:

Writing a Business Plan

Writing a business plan can be a long process, but these resources will help you out:

Penn State Extension provides many resources from an agriculture perspective. Visit the Creating a Business Plan page, or Start Farming, which is a comprehensive resource hub that covers the entire scope of production, business and state/federal regulations for those new to growing for profit.

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April 26, 2016   Comments Off on An Urban Grower’s Guide: Selling the Food You Grow in Pittsburgh

From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles

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Forthcoming May 14, 2016

By Rachel Surls and Judith Gerber
Angel City Press
May 2016
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Q: What inspired you and [co-author] Judi Gerber to write this book?

It was different for both of us. During the time I was the UC Cooperative Extension County Director – this was about 15-20 years ago – I came across some statistics for farming in Los Angeles County that really surprised me. Once – relatively recently – Los Angeles County was a huge agricultural producer, but no one seemed to know this. It was once the largest, most bountiful agricultural county in the U.S. (for four decades, between 1909-1949). It’s now primarily urban and is the most populated county in the nation. So there was this extreme turnabout in only 40-50 years. I was intrigued.

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April 5, 2016   Comments Off on From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles

The Joy of Foraging

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Gary Lincoff’s Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying a World of Wild Food

By Gary Lincoff
Quarry Books
2012

Discover the edible riches in your backyard, local parks, woods, and even roadside! In The Joy of Foraging, Gary Lincoff shows you how to find fiddlehead ferns, rose hips, beach plums, bee balm, and more, whether you are foraging in the urban jungle or the wild, wild woods. You will also learn about fellow foragers—experts, folk healers, hobbyists, or novices like you—who collect wild things and are learning new things to do with them every day.

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April 3, 2016   Comments Off on The Joy of Foraging

One Hen

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A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings Kojo is able to return to school. Soon Kojo’s farm grows to become the largest in the region.

Written by Katie Smith Milway
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Kid Can Press
2008

Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many.

After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen.

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April 1, 2016   Comments Off on One Hen

Mycelial Mayhem

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Growing Mushrooms for Fun, Profit and Companion Planting

By David Sewak & Kristin Sewak
New Society Books
March 2016

Most supermarket mushrooms are bland and boring; products of an industrial process which typically relies on expensive equipment and harmful pesticides. Many people would like to add more flavorful and diverse fungi to their diets, but lack the knowledge or confidence to gather their own. Do-it-yourself cultivation is a fun, exciting way to incorporate a variety of mushrooms into a sustainable lifestyle.

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March 28, 2016   Comments Off on Mycelial Mayhem

Pacific Northwest Foraging

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120 wild and flavorful edibles from Alaska blueberries to wild hazelnuts

By Douglas Deur
Timber Press
2014

The Pacific Northwest offers a veritable feast for foragers. The forests, meadows, streambanks, and even the weedy margins of neighborhoods are home to an abundance of delicious wild edible plants. Discover wild lilies with their peppery flowers, buds, and seeds and use them in your spring salads. Select sweet, succulent thistles or the shoots of invasive Himalayan blackberries and Japanese knotweed to add wonderful flavor to hearty soups.

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March 28, 2016   Comments Off on Pacific Northwest Foraging

My First Book About How Things Grow

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With over 120 stickers of flowers, vegetables, seeds and trees to add to the pages, a glossary, quiz, and naming and spotting games.

Author/Editor: Felicity Brooks
Illustrator: Rosalinde Bonnet
Usborne Publishing Ltd
24 pages + 4 pages stickers

An accessible, informative first reference book that helps young children learn about trees, plants and funghi – what each of these things is, how to tell them apart, what each needs to survive and thrive, and their life cycles, including information about how they reproduce.

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March 27, 2016   Comments Off on My First Book About How Things Grow