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“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

Excerpt:

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   No Comments

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)

Excerpt:

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   No Comments

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

Excerpt:

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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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)

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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)

Excerpt:

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

Egypt Turns to Urban Agriculture to Revive Historically Powerful Sector


An Egyptian farmer collects the cotton harvest at a farm in al-Massara village near the Nile delta city of Mansura, north of Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki)

Egypt is turning to urban agriculture by establishing its first agriculture city in the southeast part of the Qattara Depression, northwest of the country, as part of efforts aimed at reviving a sector that goes back to the time of the pharaohs.

By Menna A. Farouk
Egyptian Streets
November 6, 2017

Excerpt:

The $US 10 billion agriculture city will span an area of 311,400 acres and will be established under the supervision of the Korean Arab Company for Economic and Cultural Consultancy. The city will host 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants. It will also include the planting of water-saving strategic crops, the establishment of fish farms and feed factories.

“The city will be a great bellwether [for] the agriculture sector. It will provide thousands of job opportunities for young people and will achieve self-sufficiency from a number of strategic crops,” Hamed Abdel Dayem, spokesman of the Ministry of Agriculture, told Egyptian Streets.

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November 12, 2017   Comments Off on Egypt Turns to Urban Agriculture to Revive Historically Powerful Sector

Japan: ‘Digital Vegetables’ – Art Installation That Aims To Puts Residents Back In Touch With Their Gardening Roots

The exhibition encourages visitors to touch the greenhouse’s seven different vegetables, including cabbages, mini-radishes, carrots and tomatoes. A touch detection system fires off a light and music show that’s different for each vegetable.

By Steve Dent
Engadget
Oct 30, 2017

Excerpt:

A Tokyo creative lab called Party has created an art installation that aiming to puts residents literally back in touch with their gardening roots with a digitally-enhanced greenhouse installation called “Digital Vegetables,” or “DigiVege” in Japan.

The greenhouse is situated in Tokyo Midtown’s garden space as part of the 2017 Design Touch event. The exhibition encourages visitors to touch the greenhouse’s seven different vegetables, including cabbages, mini-radishes, carrots and tomatoes. “Start off by touching the seven types of lives now growing strong in the soil,” the instructions say.

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Rebuilding Iraq: Proposed 3D-Printing ‘Farming Bridges’ To Regenerate War-Torn Mosul

The farms and orchards will be irrigated by water from the Tigris river. All images © Vincent Callebaut architectures

The stacked housing units conceived by Vincent Callebaut are covered with urban farms and agricultural fields.

By Isabel Narea
DesignBoom
Oct 31, 2017

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This would not only guarantee food autonomy to inhabitants, but also excellent thermal inertia to the built environment. the farms and orchards are irrigated by water from the tigris river, and plowed by archimedes screws. Furthermore, gray water from bathrooms and kitchens is recycled and filtered by plants in lagoon waterfalls connected with the river. biomass composters feed the orchards and vegetable gardens suspended in biological fertilizers.

Titled ‘five farming bridges’, the concept puts forward the construction of affordable and adaptable bridges topped with modular housing units. The inhabited bridges are seen as a strategy to rebuild a new city over the ruins of the old one. to address the shortage of affordable housing, the bridges would be 3D printed using debris from war ruins, creating more than 53,000 homes.

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November 5, 2017   Comments Off on Rebuilding Iraq: Proposed 3D-Printing ‘Farming Bridges’ To Regenerate War-Torn Mosul

Fashion Industry Fights to Save New York Community Garden

Elizabeth Street Garden was the perfect backdrop for Stella McCartney’s Resort ’15 presentation.
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Elizabeth Street Garden – Little Italy’s Most Romantic Garden

By Eileen Townsend
Vogue
October 23, 2017

Excerpt:

On a warm fall afternoon, when the garden is open to the public, it’s not uncommon to find glamorously appointed Nolita-ites Instagramming themselves in the bushes. The garden’s romantically cluttered pastiche of sculpture and untamed greenery makes an ideal site for a windswept photo-op. The garden has recently hosted a slate of high-profile designers and magazines: Lela Rose used the garden to premiere her Fall 2018 bridal collection, while U.K.

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October 29, 2017   Comments Off on Fashion Industry Fights to Save New York Community Garden

Detroit Cultivator: A Six-Acre Civic Commons Is Coming to Detroit’s North End

The rendering of Oakland Avenue Urban Farm’s iconic “Yellow House” headquarters (image courtesy Akoaki)

The Detroit Cultivator is an “urban plan in which food production, cultural activity, and civic assets work together to reactivate a locally rooted economy.”

By Sarah Rose Sharp
Hyperallergic
Sept 27, 2017

Excerpt:

The project, called the Detroit Cultivator, was made in collaboration with the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm (OAUF) and its chief cultivator, Jerry Hebron. After almost two years in the planning, it will create a six-acre civic commons. Supported by a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund, the Detroit Cultivator is an “urban plan in which food production, cultural activity, and civic assets work together to reactivate a locally rooted economy,” according to Sirota. The organizers hope to raise $2.5 million to support the full realization of the project.

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October 5, 2017   Comments Off on Detroit Cultivator: A Six-Acre Civic Commons Is Coming to Detroit’s North End

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: The Benefit of Nature in High Density Urban Areas


We must keep every scrap of nature in and around our cities. Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
– E.O. Wilson in The Biophilia Hypothesis (1984)

By Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Project Director
and Deanne Manzer, Project Researcher MLA
and Kaitlyn Gillis, Project Advisor
June 26, 2017
(Must see.) Mike

Excerpt:

Greening Strategies

– Every home within a 5 min walk to a greenspace
– Restore or enhance 25ha of natural areas
– 30ha of additional public park – 20,000 trees planted
– 200 public greening projects
– 100 ha of green roofs and
walls, including 33 ha dedicated to urban agriculture
– 200 ha of skyrise greenway (1/2 the size of Stanley park)
– 400km of park connectors – 0.8ha of parkland / 1,000
residents

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September 15, 2017   Comments Off on Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: The Benefit of Nature in High Density Urban Areas