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The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming

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Just released – Sustainable Living in Your Home, Community, and Business

By Nicole Faires
Skyhorse Publishing
Published 15 November 2016

How to maximize your food production in an urban environment.

The idea of bringing agriculture into the city has been promoted by many on both sides of the political fence: proponents of sustainability and prevention of climate change as well as those who worry about government and social instability. To address the urgent need for a shift in the way our food is produced, The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming offers a practical education in everything there is to know about city agriculture: how to grow a lot of food in any kind of urban living situation, from apartment to full-scale commercial venture.

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December 7, 2016   No Comments

Mycorrhizal Planet

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How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility

By Michael Phillips
Chelsea Green Publishing
Feb. 2017

Mycorrhizal fungi have been waiting a long time for people to recognize just how important they are to the making of dynamic soils. These microscopic organisms partner with the root systems of approximately 95 percent of the plants on Earth, and they sequester carbon in much more meaningful ways than human “carbon offsets” will ever achieve. Pick up a handful of old-growth forest soil and you are holding 26 miles of threadlike fungal mycelia, if it could be stretched it out in a straight line. Most of these soil fungi are mycorrhizal, supporting plant health in elegant and sophisticated ways. The boost to green immune function in plants and community-wide networking turns out to be the true basis of ecosystem resiliency. A profound intelligence exists in the underground nutrient exchange between fungi and plant roots, which in turn determines the nutrient density of the foods we grow and eat.

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November 28, 2016   No Comments

1982 Article: Richard Britz Author of ‘The Edible City’ Visits Vancouver

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City Farmer Hosts Author For Lecture Series

By Elizabeth Godley
Vancouver Sun
Feb 22, 1982

Dream of ‘city farming’ explained

Richard Britz knows a lot of people think his theories are naive.

But the architect cum systems designer cum landscape philosopher from Eugene, Ore., doesn’t mind.

Britz is author of a resource manual for urban agriculturalists called The Edible City. He was in Vancouver Saturday to speak at the first of 18 weekly lectures sponsored by City Farmer.

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November 14, 2016   Comments Off on 1982 Article: Richard Britz Author of ‘The Edible City’ Visits Vancouver

Journal: Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems

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Volume 1 Issue 1, July 2016

Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems, formerly published by Baltzer Science Publishers, recently joined the ACSESS portfolio of agricultural and environmental journals.
The Journal is supported by RUAF.

Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and open access journal focusing on urban and peri-urban agriculture and systems of urban and regional food provisioning in developing, transition, and advanced economies.

The journal intends to be a platform for cutting edge research on urban and peri-urban agricultural production for food and non-food (e.g. flowers, medicine, cosmetics) uses and for social, environmental and health services (e.g. tourism, water storage, care, education, waste recycling, urban greening). It aims to explore, analyse and critically reflect upon urban and regional food production, processing, transport, trade, marketing and consumption and the social, economic, environmental, health and spatial contexts, relations and impacts of these food provisioning activities.

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October 30, 2016   Comments Off on Journal: Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems

Farming on the Fringe

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Peri-Urban Agriculture, Cultural Diversity and Sustainability in Sydney

Dr Sarah James
Visiting Fellow
School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
College of Asia and the Pacific
The Australian National University
Springer Publication 2016

This volume offers a new perspective to debates on local food and urban sustainability presenting the long silenced voices of the small-scale farmers from the productive green fringe of Sydney’s sprawling urban jungle. Providing fresh food for the city and local employment, these culturally and linguistically diverse farmers contribute not only to Sydney’s globalizing demographic and cultural fabric, but also play a critical role in the city’s environmental sustainability.

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October 24, 2016   Comments Off on Farming on the Fringe

FAO: Guidelines on urban and peri-urban forestry

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Although cities occupy only 2 percent of the planet’s surface, their inhabitants use 75 percent of its natural resources.

By Fabio Salbitano Simone Borelli Michela Conigliaro Yujuan Chen
Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations
Rome, 2016

Excerpt:

The world is urbanizing quickly, too: by 2050, 70 percent of the global population will live in cities and towns. Sustainable urban development is crucial, therefore, for ensuring the quality of life of the world’s people.

Forests and trees in urban and peri-urban environments, if properly managed, can make important contributions to the planning, design and management of sustainable, resilient landscapes. They can help make cities:

• safer – by reducing stormwater runoff and the impacts of wind and sand storms, mitigating the “heat island” effect, and contributing to the adaptation and mitigation of climate change;

• more pleasant – by providing space for recreation and venues for social and religious events, and ameliorating weather extremes;

• healthier – by improving air quality, providing space for physical exercise, and fostering psychological well-being;

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October 18, 2016   Comments Off on FAO: Guidelines on urban and peri-urban forestry

2016 FAO’s Annual Report highlights climate change, agriculture and food security

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Agriculture has big role to play in curbing greenhouse gas emissions – Rapid action needed to put smallholders and food systems on sustainable paths

FAO Press Release:
17 October 2016, Rome

The pledge to eradicate hunger and poverty must go hand in hand with rapid transformations of farming and food systems to cope with a warmer world, FAO said today in a new report.

Agriculture, including forestry, fisheries and livestock production, generate around a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture must both contribute more to combating climate change while bracing to overcome its impacts, according to The State of Food and Agriculture 2016.

“There is no doubt climate change affects food security,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said while presenting the report. “What climate change does is to bring back uncertainties from the time we were all hunter gatherers. We cannot assure any more that we will have the harvest we have planted.”

That uncertainty also translates into volatile food prices, he noted. “Everybody is paying for that, not only those suffering from droughts,” Graziano da Silva said.

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October 17, 2016   Comments Off on 2016 FAO’s Annual Report highlights climate change, agriculture and food security

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

Urban Agriculture Magazine no. 31 – Inclusive Use of Urban Space

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By RUAF
Sept 2016

We have worked on this issue together with Samina Raja from the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, State University of New York at University at Buffalo, NY and Yves Cabannes from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at University College London and RUAF board member.

This magazine explores the issue of community engagement in shaping urban and periurban agriculture and food policies and plans. Key questions explored in this issue are how communities are engaging in urban food policymaking and planning and how local governments are responding to community demands for food policies and plans.

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October 11, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Magazine no. 31 – Inclusive Use of Urban Space

This, My Garden, Has Been To Me

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Photographs by Dennis Santella

SPQR Book Launch and Signing on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Affirmation Arts.
523 W. 37th Street, NY, NY 10018

In This, My Garden, Has Been to Me, Dennis Santella has created an elegiac document of formal and improvised greenspace in Harlem during a period of rapid change in the neighborhood.

The author: “I spent four years, from 2008-2012, mapping and photographing nearly 200 gardens, former gardens, and empty lots within the historic boundaries of Harlem.”

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October 5, 2016   Comments Off on This, My Garden, Has Been To Me

No Guff Vegetable Gardening

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Donna Balzer is a Calgary-based horticulturist with a broad background in horticulture and 30 years experience in everything from native perennials to cultural landscapes.

By Donna Balzer and Steven Biggs
No Guff Press
2012

In our book, you get the advice of TWO experts—and our points of view are not always the same. Look for “He Says” and “She Says” throughout the book.

You get the professional insights of horticulturists. We make sense of products and trends and give you thoughtful opinions.

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September 27, 2016   Comments Off on No Guff Vegetable Gardening

The Farmer’s Office

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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.

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September 16, 2016   Comments Off on The Farmer’s Office

Street Food tells story of downtown Vancouver’s social enterprise farm

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Michael Ableman with Alain Guy (background) at the False Creek Sole Food farm in downtown Vancouver. ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG. Click on image for larger file.

Sole Food, a five-acre farm in the city’s grittiest neighbourhood that employs people who have been abandoned by society

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
September 14, 2016

Excerpt:

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.

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September 15, 2016   Comments Off on Street Food tells story of downtown Vancouver’s social enterprise farm

Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Planning

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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.

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September 2, 2016   Comments Off on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Planning

Practical Hydroponics Magazine Features ‘City Farming’

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The Rise Of Urban Agriculture

By Christine Brown-Paul
PH&G
September 2016 / Issue 171
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

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.

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on Practical Hydroponics Magazine Features ‘City Farming’