Category — Design
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
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
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.
November 8, 2014 Comments Off on 7 elaborate urban farms
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.”
November 8, 2014 Comments Off on Homeowner’s lawn-to-garden transformation yields more than just vegetables
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.
November 4, 2014 Comments Off on In World Series, Giants Field a Vegetable Patch
More than 2.5 million copies sold. Drive over 140 authentic vehicles and farming tools, from over 40 most famous manufacturers
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.
October 30, 2014 Comments Off on Farming Simulator 15: City dwellers can farm in the country from their desks
“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
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.
October 28, 2014 Comments Off on First-of-Its-Kind Study Shows Which Neighborhoods in Chicago Have the Most Gardens
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.
October 19, 2014 Comments Off on The Poison Garden at England’s Alnwick Garden is filled with plants that can kill you
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
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.
September 9, 2014 Comments Off on Steel grate urban farming classroom by Colorado building workshop
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
September 4, 2014 Comments Off on Infographic – Urban Agriculture in Washington, DC