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Urban farm takes root in Irvine’s Great Park in Southern California

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
Prospect Magazine
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.

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November 10, 2014   Comments Off

7 elaborate urban farms

Kelly and Erik’s Los Angeles homestead. Photo by Emily Ho.

With the “moderate cost” of food for the average 19 to 50-year-old man in the U.S. at $295.90 per-month, according to the USDA, why wouldn’t you want to feed yourself from the land where you’re already paying to live?

By Ilyce Glink
CBS Moneywatch
November 1, 2014


Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen practice what they call “radical home ec.” Their Los Angeles home, which is often featured on their homesteading blog Root Simple, features a 1/12th-acre lot with bee hives, a chicken coop, fruit trees, vegetables, a rain barrel, a twig-burning stove, a solar dehydrator and compost bins.

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November 8, 2014   Comments Off

Homeowner’s lawn-to-garden transformation yields more than just vegetables


Oakland-based photographer Luke Keegan turned his front lawn into a vegetable garden

By Catie Leary
Mother Nature Network
Oct 31, 2014


“I can’t tell you how many people from my neighborhood that I have met and talked to while working in the yard,” Keegan explains. “Sometimes people stop their cars and hop out to chat with, or offer me seeds. I love getting to send them off with a nice handful of fresh produce … it’s an excellent ice breaker.”

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In World Series, Giants Field a Vegetable Patch

The San Francisco Giants’ fruit and vegetable garden at AT&T Park includes plenty of kale, a favorite of power-hitting outfielder Hunter Pence. Photo: MLB/Getty Images.

Team’s Garden Has Lots of Fans; No Stealing

By Brian Costa
Wall Street Journal
Oct. 23, 2014
(Must see. Mike)


The idea for the garden took root during a 2012 dinner conversation between Giants Chief Executive Larry Baer and his wife, Pam; Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, the team’s healthy-eating ambassador; and Fedele Bauccio, chief executive of Bon Appetit Management Co., the Giants’ foodservice partner.

Sandwiched between the left-field and right-field stands, the 4,320-square-foot garden feels at once connected to and removed from the rest of the ballpark.

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November 4, 2014   Comments Off

Farming Simulator 15: City dwellers can farm in the country from their desks

More than 2.5 million copies sold. Drive over 140 authentic vehicles and farming tools, from over 40 most famous manufacturers

Press Release
Oct 28, 2014

Just a few days from its release this Thursday on PC, we are pleased to lead you to the fields of Farming Simulator 15 one last time with the launch trailer! Here’s a good opportunity to get a last sneak peek at some of the many activities that are yours to enjoy in the new generation of Farming Simulator, available on October 30 on PC, and early 2015 on consoles.

Farming Simulator is a real phenomenon in today’s video gaming landscape, offering an experience very different from what we are used to: put away your battle gear, and get into your wellington boots before throwing yourself into the daily routine of the modern day farmer. Farming Simulator managed to seduce a broad range of players; younger gamers are attracted to the accessibility of the title and the sandbox aspect of the game; agricultural vehicle enthusiasts revel in the vast array of machinery reproduced in loving detail, and seasoned players enjoy its accurate and realistic simulation.

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October 30, 2014   Comments Off

First-of-Its-Kind Study Shows Which Neighborhoods in Chicago Have the Most Gardens

University of Illinois researchers analyzed high-resolution satellite images found and found more than 4,000 gardens in the city, and plotted them on a map.

“We decided to scan the entire land area of Chicago looking for gardens that hadn’t been reported on any list: backyard gardens, utility right of ways and other things that I could see in Google Earth.”

By Casey Cora
DNA Info
October 28, 2014


In addition to the residential gardens, researchers identified community gardens, urban farms and gardens outside schools. Factor those in and the number of Chicago’s food-producing gardens swells to 4,648 — and that’s not counting the small gardens invisible to Google Earth.

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The Poison Garden at England’s Alnwick Garden is filled with plants that can kill you

The ornate black gates to the Poison Garden warn visitors of the deadly plants that grow within. Photo by Duncan Andison/Corbis.

Visitors to the Poison Garden are prohibited from smelling, touching or tasting any of them.

By Natasha Geiling
September 22, 2014


“What’s extraordinary about the plants is that it’s the most common ones that people don’t know are killers,” the duchess says. Visitors are often surprised to learn that the laurel hedge, nearly ubiquitous in English gardens, can be highly toxic. But some visitors have had experience with laurel’s sinister side—the duchess has heard a few talk about how, after loading up their cars with pruned laurel leaves to take to the dump, drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel of their car from the toxic fumes the branches emit.

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October 19, 2014   Comments Off

Steel grate urban farming classroom by Colorado building workshop


The orientation of the volume allows for views into the space by staff sitting in their office, while simultaneously offering privacy for those inside of the classroom.

Students: Shawn Adams, Brandon Bain, Kristin Bevis, Mike Blea, Joe Coleman, Amr Fayez, John Gibbons, James Hart, Jeremy Jones, Amy Keil, Maeve Kinsey, Dj Kornmeyer, Breton Lujan, Kendra Matrician, Paul Mitchell, Jack Tipton
Faculty: Rick Sommerfeld, Craig Cherry
Structural Engineer: Andy Paddock
Sept 2014

In lakewood, colorado, an urban farming classroom has been completed by colorado building workshop – a design build program for graduate students entering their final year at CU-denver. located adjacent to the state’s newest lightrail line, the outdoor learning facility is intended to educate local residents on the topic of city-based agriculture.

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September 9, 2014   Comments Off

Infographic – Urban Agriculture in Washington, DC

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40 plus community gardens in DC

By Bozzuto Group


“The White House kitchen garden is one of the best and most fulfilling things I’ve done as First Lady.” Says Michelle. Michelle Obama is the 1st Lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to plant a garden at the White Hosue.

“I planted the vegetable gardens at the White House during World War 2 to ensure an adequate food supply.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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Victory Garden Info-graphic marks 100 years since the start of the First World War

See the whole info-graphic here.

During the war, onions were in short supply. The Ministry advised that leeks were a good substitute

By Notcutts


During the First World War Germany’s blockade caused food shortages which increased the demand for allotments. One source of land suitable for allotments but not large enough for general agriculture was the land owned by railway companies. These parcels of land were often allotted to the railway workers and this is the reason you will often see allotments by railway lines today.

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September 2, 2014   Comments Off

City Farm at MIT – Open source food

One MIT scientist hopes to farm without soil for city life

By Mona Lalwani
The Verge
August 27, 2014
(Must see. Mike)

At MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Caleb Harper’s CityFARM demonstrates the future of food production. He grows plants through aeroponics, a system that produces plants without soil. Plants are hooked up to servers and misting mechanisms. LEDs fill in for the sun and ladybugs (purchased on Amazon) occasionally make an appearance. Plants are periodically sprayed with a nutrient-rich mist that provides optimal pH balance. Light and temperatures are closely monitored. The environment nurtures plants that have twice the nutrient density of their conventional counterparts. Lettuce, bok choy, and tomatoes have already fed the scientists in the lab.

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August 31, 2014   Comments Off

Proposal to turn San Francisco’s Candlestick Park stadium into a gigantic hydroponic greenhouse

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Occasional concerts in between times of harvesting and planting

By San Francisco-based IwamotoScott Architecture

Surrounding the stadium is a new green-roofed, terraced podium that interfaces with the surrounding Candlestick Point redevelopment master plan, sheltering beneath it a marketplace for locally-produced urban agriculture and food goods.

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August 27, 2014   Comments Off

Detroit artist Ryan Herberholz created a mural on a formerly blighted building in Detroit to help celebrate urban farming

The mural was recently completed and more than 200 people came out to help celebrate the official unveiling.

From YouTube
Aug 8, 2014

Local Good Food hub Door to Door Organics is proud to be cultivating the growth of Detroit’s urban farming movement. We commissioned Detroit artist Ryan Herberholz to create an inspiring mural on Michigan Urban Farming Initiative’s land that was once vacant but is now farmed to feed the community.

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August 21, 2014   Comments Off

The Story of Oedipus Retold with Vegetables in Starring Roles

Oedipus took two years to make with a volunteer staff of 100.

Open Culture
August 7th, 2014


Sophocles and Aeschylus may be spinning in their graves. Or, who knows, they may be taking some delight in this bizarre twist on the Oedipus myth. Running 8 minutes, Jason Wishnow’s 2004 film puts vegetables in the starring roles.

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August 16, 2014   Comments Off

An allotment garden house in Denmark


The house ended up costing about US$ 18,400 in materials

By Assia
Living in a Showbox
July 22, 2014


When architects and spouses Karen Jelnes and Peter Hoffmann got the opportunity to buy an allotment garden, they jumped at the chance. They chose to remove the existing house to design their own summer home, and for two years they spent their weekends and holidays building a small house on their garden plot.

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