Category — Design
Portland State University gave their counterparts from Montreal, Canada, a grand tour of the City’s urban farms
Both cities — while much different in size — share the same latitude and a population that is “environmentally oriented,” McClintock says.
By Jennifer Anderson
Sept 15, 2015
Eight PSU graduate students took eight Canadian graduate students to meetings and site visits at some of Portland’s best-kept secrets: urban gardens that have sprouted in recent years to help fight hunger, empower low-income residents, educate children, and give youth and adults access to healthy food right in their backyard or neighborhood.
It’s fascinating stuff for planners, since it is a byproduct of gentrification in hot spots like Portland, says Nate McClintock, the PSU assistant professor who spearheaded the student exchange.
“Essentially, urban agriculture arises where there’s vacant land, cheap land, a low market rate or wherever food justice activity pops up,” McClintock says. “So many of these projects produce food to address the so-called food desert.”
September 21, 2015 Comments Off on Portland State University gave their counterparts from Montreal, Canada, a grand tour of the City’s urban farms
Afterhouse wants to grow the city’s urban agriculture sector by putting vacant buildings to use.
By Jon Zemke
Aug 25, 2015
The Detroit-based company, which calls the Banglatown neighborhood just north of Hamtramck home, is working to take the worst of the worst when it comes to blight and turn them into new urban farming hotspots. The idea is to raze the building and turn the leftover basement into a subterranean greenhouse.
Steven Mankouche and Abigal Murray are partnering to get Afterhouse off the ground — or under it, really. Murray was inspired to launch the venture after seeing subterranean hoop houses in South America.
September 2, 2015 Comments Off on Afterhouse turns blighted buildings into urban agriculture hot spots in Detroit
The farm will be 7.4 acres and will include a teaching center for sustainable farming.
By Karin KloostermanKarin
August 13, 2015
Urban farming is in the air and California is setting an example by creating the first American housing project of its kind with an urban farm built intentionally in the center of the community. The farm will be 7.4 acres and will include a teaching center for sustainable farming. Some 547 new homes have been built around the farm.
This is no straw bale hippy paradise, but fulfilling the dreams of mainstream urbanites who want the pleasures of big, single dwelling homes with access to fresh, local, organic produce.
August 14, 2015 Comments Off on California builds first farm-to-table new home community
The project intersects issues of urban transformation, architecture and urban agriculture with an international cultural event, and explores the possibilities of urban farming in the city and how it can be integrated in urban planning.
By Mihai Andrei
Aug 3, 2015
(Must see. Mike)
Value Farm is a collective effort farming effort developed by Thomas Chung, together with Tris Kee and Chi Fai Fung; together, they transformed an open area within Ole Bouman’s Value Factory from an abandoned industrial facility into a green, vibrant and useful project. Projects like this one could go a long way to greening highly urbanized areas, involving people to engage in collaborative, healthy and relaxing work, and encouraging them to eat local food.
August 4, 2015 Comments Off on Former factory in China repurposed as massive urban agriculture facility
The project is aimed at promoting awareness of the potential of urban agriculture among citizens.
PR News Wire
July 20, 2015
The Conserre is a container that was transformed into a demonstration garden in which various vegetables, fine herbs and edible flowers were planted on July 7. The project is aimed at promoting awareness of the potential of urban agriculture among citizens. The Conserre will remain at the Vendôme metro station until the fall of 2015. Every week, community education workers will be on site to maintain the garden and answers questions from citizens.
July 25, 2015 Comments Off on Unique urban agriculture container used for demonstration garden in Montreal
The roof top garden beds on their King Street home, in which the Fitzgeralds plant vegetables and herbs, resemble what they witnessed on their journey.
By Jonathan Waddell
HALIFAX — Special to The Globe and Mail
Jun. 18, 2015
She, and her husband and builder, Brainard Fitzgerald, wanted to see how urban agriculture was accomplished in countries where the practice was a necessity. Their rare partnership harkens back to the roots of the profession when architects combined the talents of designer and craftsman.
She proposed to visit countries in Central and South America and Cuba, a place to which Ms. Fitzgerald now takes her students from Dalhousie University School of Architecture.
June 28, 2015 Comments Off on Modern Halifax house features rooftop urban agriculture
Draft Conceptual Design Animation for Urban Tilth
By Urban Tilth
31 Maine Ave
Richmond, CA 94804
Roots and Restoration Farm will feature North Richmond’s only fresh fruit & vegetable produce market stand, community kitchen, an amphitheater, outdoor garden and creek classrooms, egg farm, working urban farm providing fresh fruits and vegetables through a youth run Farm Stand and CSA (community Supported Agriculture) project, a Watershed Restoration Technician training program creating meaningful employment opportunities for North Richmond residents.
June 22, 2015 Comments Off on North Richmond Farm in Richmond, California
First prize is: £5,000 cash prize and a new Atco Clipper lawnmower, powered by a Briggs & Stratton petrol engine
The Daily Mail
May 9, 2015
The Mail on Sunday is delighted to join with Briggs & Stratton in sponsoring the competition in this its tenth year – to bring green-fingered readers this fabulous opportunity to win prizes and praise for their hours of dedicated hard work.
Of course a garden isn’t only a thing of beauty. Those devoted to their little slice of nature also enjoy better health.
Cutting a quarter acre of lawn with a walk-behind lawnmower can burn up to 340 calories an hour and it’s also a recognized source of stress relief – unless you’re the family of 2014 runner up Stuart Grindle who put Keep Off the Grass signs on his lawn to prevent his family unwittingly destroying it.
May 18, 2015 Comments Off on The Race is on to Find Britain’s Best Lawn 2015
Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden
By Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy
A home garden is often seen as separate from the natural world surrounding it. In truth, it is actually just one part of a larger landscape made up of many living layers. And the replacement of the rich layers of native flora with turf grass greatly diminishes a garden’s biological diversity and ecological function.
February 18, 2015 Comments Off on The Living Landscape
Typology is a composite measure that involves the classification of observations in terms of their attributes on multiple variables.
By Association for Vertical Farming
The Urban Agriculture Integration Typology, was developed by the Association for Vertical Farming to categorise Urban Agriculture projects from around the world. Scroll down within the Integration Typology description and hover over each individual icon to find out more.
February 12, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Integration Typology
By Gladys Parker
Mopsy was a comic strip created by Gladys Parker in 1939. It had a long run over three decades. Parker modeled the character of Mopsy after herself. In 1946, she recalled, “I got the idea for Mopsy when the cartoonist Rube Goldberg said my hair looked like a mop. That was several years ago, and she has been my main interest ever since.”
January 24, 2015 Comments Off on 1953 – Gardener Mopsy – ‘Be a vegetarian and be beautiful’
Margolese Prize Lecture in Vancouver BC: Vikram Bhatt, January 19, 2015 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
“Vikram Bhatt has dedicated his life to the application and teaching of appropriate technologies for the improvement of community life, not only for Canadians but for communities throughout the developing world,” said Thom.
“His work on edible gardens and productive rooftops over the last decade has focused not only on the need for self-sufficient villages in the developing world but, also, for a critical re-evaluation of the bucolic lawn-scape in Montreal,” noted Rochon.
January 8, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Champion, Vikram Bhatt, wins $50,000 Margolese National Design for Living Prize
By Tory N. Parrish
Dec. 21, 2014
The Hilltop Alliance wants to turn the vacant, 107-acre parcel into Hilltop Village Farm, which would include 120 for-sale and rental townhouses, as well as an urban farm using about 20 acres for a farm incubator, youth farm and community-supported agriculture farm, or CSA. The Allegheny Land Trust wants to buy the land from the housing authority, and lease some of it for farming and protect about 60 acres of steep hillside.
January 6, 2015 Comments Off on Pittsburgh group aims to transform vacant parcel of land to include townhouses, urban farming
A total of 37 smials, or Hobbit holes, nestled within the bucolic countryside
Dec 29, 2014
The vivid descriptions of the peaceful, merry, and diminutive Hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books have been brought to life through the magic of both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson. Situated within the picturesque 1,250 acre Alexander sheep farm on New Zealand’s North Island, the 12-acre Hobbiton™ Movie Set represents Tolkien’s vision of the idyllic Middle-earth village of the Shire.
January 2, 2015 Comments Off on Hobbiton Movie Set – Hobbit Green Roofs in New Zealand
A Visit to Alegría Fresh Farms at Orange County Great Park. (Must see. Mike)
One of Cutter’s enthusiastic supporter-partners is A. G. Kawamura, who served as California’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture from 2003 to 2011.
By Don Curlee
Nov 2, 2014
urban Southern California, a tiny farm is demonstrating dramatic water-saving and space-saving methods of producing nutritious food in abundance.Interested observers are curious neighboring urbanites and, perhaps, many of the farmers throughout the most productive agricultural state.
Alegria Fresh is the spectacular demonstration farm that makes its home inside Irvine’s Great Park, the huge combination recreational, educational, environmental and entertainment preserve that occupies most of the acreage that used to be El Toro Marine Base in Orange County’s Irvine, 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
November 10, 2014 Comments Off on Urban farm takes root in Irvine’s Great Park in Southern California