Category — Book
Peri-Urban Agriculture, Cultural Diversity and Sustainability in Sydney
Dr Sarah James
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.
October 24, 2016 No Comments
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
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;
October 18, 2016 No Comments
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.
October 17, 2016 No Comments
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
October 12, 2016 Comments Off on Update October 2016 – Resource Centre for Urban Agriculture & Forestry
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.
October 11, 2016 Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Magazine no. 31 – Inclusive Use of Urban Space
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.”
October 5, 2016 Comments Off on This, My Garden, Has Been To Me
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
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.
September 27, 2016 Comments Off on No Guff Vegetable Gardening
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 Comments Off on The Farmer’s Office
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 Comments Off on Street Food tells story of downtown Vancouver’s social enterprise farm
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