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Eco-friendly East Austin community turns homeowners into urban farmers

The community has its own custom organic farming program called Whisper Lettuce.

Culture Map
4.17.18

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For those who just want to sit back and watch their garden grow, go with the Complete Care subscription. The Lettuce team will weed, service, and harvest each garden to ensure a bountiful harvest year after year. Produce grown in backyard mini-farms can be kept by the homeowner or returned to the network for “credits” that are good toward subscription prices.

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April 24, 2018   No Comments

Malaysia: Edible Park, is not about ornamental plants and flowers

The five-acre Edible Park is an edible landscape designed to build community around the important subject of food and how to incorporate it in sustainable living. Picture courtesy of Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MIM)

The Edible Park is a lush garden with local fruit trees, vegetable and herbal plants, while its Heritage Forest showcases the region’s flora.

By Ben Tan
Malay Mail
March 31, 2018

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JOHOR BARU, March 31. Tucked away in the heart of Medini City in Iskandar Puteri, Johor lies a two-hectare garden that attracts a growing fan base.

Despite its urban location, the garden called Edible Park, is not about ornamental plants and flowers.

Instead, gardeners plant vegetables, fruit and herbs to promote better eating choices.

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April 8, 2018   Comments Off on Malaysia: Edible Park, is not about ornamental plants and flowers

The Models for ‘American Gothic’ Pose in Front of the Iconic Painting (1942)


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Above, you can see Wood’s sister and dentist–otherwise known as Nan Wood Graham and Dr. B.H. McKeeby–posing in front of “American Gothic” in 1942.

Open Culture
Mar 27, 2018

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The impetus for the painting came while Wood was visiting the small town of Eldon in his native Iowa. There he spotted a little wood farmhouse, with a single oversized window, made in a style called Carpenter Gothic. “I imagined American Gothic people with their faces stretched out long to go with this American Gothic house,” he said. He used his sister and his dentist as models for a farmer and his daughter, dressing them as if they were “tintypes from my old family album.” The highly detailed, polished style and the rigid frontality of the two figures were inspired by Flemish Renaissance art, which Wood studied during his travels to Europe between 1920 and 1926.

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April 7, 2018   Comments Off on The Models for ‘American Gothic’ Pose in Front of the Iconic Painting (1942)

Vancouver, Canada: Urban Agriculture Garden Guide

Manual For Starting And Designing Urban Agriculture Projects

The Urban Agriculture Project Design Manual was produced by Anežka Gocová for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the City of Vancouver as an initiative of the Greenest City Scholar program.
(No date.)

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This guide is intended to aid the collaboration between residents and City staff in starting, designing and carrying out an Urban Agriculture project in the City of Vancouver.

Choosing A Site:
Where is your project located? Is the proposed project for the entire site or a portion of it? Include a street address or a nearby address for reference as well as an air photo with the site marked. (You can use GoogleMaps and VanMaps to do this). Feel free to include photos of the site itself. This can sometimes be a very frustrating process especially if your proposal gets rejected based on site selection. Make sure to consult with City and Park Board staff and current caretakers of the site, they will likely have great insight into which sites are most suitable.

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March 5, 2018   Comments Off on Vancouver, Canada: Urban Agriculture Garden Guide

Denmark: New Copenhagen School Focuses on ‘Food’ in its Design

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The area has individual planter boxes and raised beds which the pupils can use to cultivate and care for their own crops and vegetables. Greenhouses will extend the growing season.

E-architect
Modern Danish Educational Architecture
Design by C.F. Møller Architects, Denmark
Jan 8, 2018

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New Islands Brygge School will be a profile school with food as its special theme. There is special emphasis on making meal preparation and mealtimes a central element of the school’s design. The first thing new arrivals at the school will see is the double-high-ceilinged dining hall, which is not just the canteen, but also the hub which interconnects all of the school’s functions. This makes the dining hall the gathering point where pupils can meet across the school’s many activities.

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January 30, 2018   Comments Off on Denmark: New Copenhagen School Focuses on ‘Food’ in its Design

California: ‘Agrihood’ proposal may be used to help win passage for latest city housing plan

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It’s one variation of an “agrihood” — a growing, national movement that combines new homes with farm crops and livestock production. More than 100 agrihoods exist nationally, with the nearest in Rancho Mission Viejo.

By Barbara Henry
San Diego Union-Tribune
Jan 14, 2018

The rough, tentative proposal calls for rezoning about half of a 21-acre, flower-growing parcel at Quail Gardens Drive and Leucadia Boulevard, so that it could contain about 250 high-density homes. Plans call for the remaining land to be transformed into a community-focused farming operation that would serve the needs of the new residents.

Business magazine articles have recently described agrihoods as the next likely big housing development trend, saying they could well replace the once-popular golf course as a key project amenity.

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January 20, 2018   Comments Off on California: ‘Agrihood’ proposal may be used to help win passage for latest city housing plan

“Digging in”: Comics Journalism Features Urban Agriculture

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“Digging In” is part of our investigative comics journalism series on barriers to water, housing and land access in southeastern Michigan and the first installment in our graphic miniseries on land.

By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes
Truthout | Graphic Journalism
Jan 9, 2018

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We talk to caterer Meiko Krishok, whose popular North Corktown eatery navigates a wide array of concerns facing many young entrepreneurs in this city, as well as the other cities across the nation experiencing population decline, land misappropriation and infrastructure failure. Luckily, Krishok’s business ethics and enduring patience offer a glimmer of hope to young, local up-and-comers. So does her food. But while we can introduce you to Krishok and show you around on a warm summer day, one thing comics can’t do is tell you how good the food is. For that, you’ll have to come visit.

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January 15, 2018   Comments Off on “Digging in”: Comics Journalism Features Urban Agriculture

Denmark: Urban gardening system ‘Growmore’ helps city dwellers build mini local farms?

As well as food production, the system is designed to create a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.

By Sebastian Jordahn
Dezeen
Jan 5, 2018
(Must see. Mike)

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a modular farming system called GrowMore, which allows people living in cities to build and maintain mini farms made from a series of simple plywood planters.

Designed by danish firm Husum & Lindholm Architects, Growmore structures can be assembled using six plywood components. The system is designed for people living in cities to utilise unused urban space for local food production.

“Growmore is an urban gardening modular design that enhances our awareness on local production,” the architects said. “It consists of very few elements, which makes it possible to build in any given context.”?

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January 11, 2018   Comments Off on Denmark: Urban gardening system ‘Growmore’ helps city dwellers build mini local farms?

The Farm at Los Olivos: Phoenix project ‘like the Desert Botanical Garden of agriculture’

The project would convert a four-acre plot on the west end of Los Olivos Park into a farm, education center and park concession.

By Dominic Armato
The Republic
Dec. 26, 2017

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Almost half of the 4 acres would consist of a farm and orchard that would educate the public and supply the park’s on-site concession.

“For me, this is the culmination of generations of work,” Moore says.

While a small portion of the farm would include a more diverse selection of crops for educational purposes, Moore and Mei are designing an actual, small-scale working farm.

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January 2, 2018   Comments Off on The Farm at Los Olivos: Phoenix project ‘like the Desert Botanical Garden of agriculture’

3D Printing Saves Time and Money in Urban Farming Product Design and Prototyping

Brooklyn-based Farmshelf wants to make it easy for anyone to grow their own food, and has developed an autonomous system, complete with custom 3D printed parts, that makes it possible for individuals, restaurants, and residential communities to do so on-site.

By Sarah Saunders
3dPrint
Dec 26, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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In order to create custom parts for testing, as well as refine its hardware and software platform, Farmshelf integrated Ultimaker 2+ 3D printers into the design process. The 3D printers gave the team the freedom, and the budget, to develop and produce multiple design iterations for its large system, as well as the custom, modular parts that went into it.

Farmshelf was able to use Ultimaker’s 3D printing technology for every single project stage, from design and laboratory research to prototyping and production of its “functioning, plant-ready prototypes.”

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January 1, 2018   Comments Off on 3D Printing Saves Time and Money in Urban Farming Product Design and Prototyping

Urban farms can help plant seeds for cities’ growth around them

Click image to see larger file. Photo: Michelle and Chris Gerard. On two acres within Detroit’s North End, the Michigan Urban Farm Initiative grows 300 varieties of leafy vegetables that it distributes free to 2,000 families who live within two miles of the farm.

In Detroit, an “agrihood” takes shape.

By John Caulfield
Building Design And Construction
December 20, 2017

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Integrity Building Group is AOR and provides architecture services and construction for the farm. One of MUFI’s partners, Sustainable Brands, will debut the CRC and café at its conference in Detroit’s Cobo Arena next May.

“Cities are the future, but we can’t just rebuild the same inefficient buildings of the past,” says John Beeson, LEED AP BD+C, EBO+M, a project manager with Catalyst Partners in Grand Rapids, Mich., which is supervising these reconstructions for MUFI. “The question we’re trying to answer is whether we can do urban infill better.”

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December 28, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farms can help plant seeds for cities’ growth around them

Oakland Museum Digs Into Urban Farming

A new exhibition, Take Root, opens this weekend

By Caleb Pershan
Eater San Francisco
Dec 14, 2017

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The East Bay has long been fertile ground for farmers and gardeners, with chefs like Jeremiah Tower and Paul Bertolli of Chez Panisse and then Stars and Oliveto and Michael Wild of Bay Wolf cultivating local food systems and putting local produce at the center of the plate. In 2006, Oakland’s City Council even announced a goal that the city grow one-third of its own food.

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December 16, 2017   Comments Off on Oakland Museum Digs Into Urban Farming

KI Urban Agri-Culture Learning Lab in Indianapolis


Communities Creating Change: Our Voice, Our Choice is a campaign to encourage and sustain urban agriculture in the mid-north/northwest area of Indianapolis

Crowdfunding
2017

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KI Urban Agri-Culture Learning Lab: The house we are currently rehabbing will serve as a public space for individuals and groups to learn about and engage in aquaponics, urban gardening and urban farming. Empowering individuals and groups with the knowledge, skills and experience to grow their own food and strengthen/expand their relationships by working together to address a common problem and builds community.

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December 5, 2017   Comments Off on KI Urban Agri-Culture Learning Lab in Indianapolis

Korea: Lotus Farm is a Floating Urban Farming System

2017 Bronze Winner
Hydrokorea
taeung Kim, sunae Shin, sungho An, seungjun Lee, mirae Park

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Lotus pontoon is a future-oriented farming system with floating architecture that can solve problems about production, sale and distribution of crops in the urban area.

Production loss of crops in the process of distribution from farm-plantation to urban areas can
cause both economic loss and global warming by increasing methane and carbon dioxide gas.

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November 25, 2017   Comments Off on Korea: Lotus Farm is a Floating Urban Farming System

Take A Stroll Through Detroit’s Urban Agrihood

(Must see video. Mike)

MUFI grows over 20,000 pounds of produce a year on average, and much of it goes to local households, food pantries, and churches.

By Robin Runyan, Sam Reichman, And Logan Siegel
Curbed
Nov 15, 2017
(Must see video. Mike)

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While Detroit has many urban farms, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) has recently amped up the discussion about development around these farms. Last winter, the non-profit announced their proposed urban agrihood around their two-acre farm in the North End. Curbed’s video team recently visited the farm to see the impact on real estate in the area.

An agrihood is an alternative neighborhood growth model, positioning agriculture as the centerpiece of a mixed-use development. There are some agrihoods around the country, but this is the first within a city.

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November 22, 2017   Comments Off on Take A Stroll Through Detroit’s Urban Agrihood