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Mapped: Where New York City’s millions of square feet of farmland are hidden

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At about 2 million square feet, Queens County Farm in Floral Park is by far the Big Apple’s biggest.

By Frank Chaparro
Business Insider
05 Jun 2017

Excerpt:

In the 2017 edition of its annual TransformingWorld Atlas, which uses maps to illustrate global economic, political and investment trends, Bank of America Merrill Lynch included a map of the five boroughs and their numerous farms, greenhouses, and community gardens.

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June 7, 2017   Comments Off on Mapped: Where New York City’s millions of square feet of farmland are hidden

Canada: British Columbia Researcher Opens Her Dye Garden for Tour

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Each dye plant is tested to see if they can create rich long lasting colours when exposed to light or when washed multiple times.

By Esme Hedrick-Wong
June 4, 2017

On May 28th, 2017 Esme, founder of Esme Living Colour, opened her dye gardens and textile studio on Salt Spring Island for visitors. There are over seventy different dye plants and trees in her gardens, including seven different varieties of indigo plants. On display in the studio were silk and silk hemp naturally dyed textiles, shawls and wall hangings. Over 80 visitors came from as far as Europe and Japan. Esme conducted tours for visitors on a beautiful sunny afternoon; followed by a talk on different natural dye techniques that she uses in her work.

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June 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: British Columbia Researcher Opens Her Dye Garden for Tour

Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer

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By Junichi.

Ten of us from the Vancouver Urban Sketchers arrived at City Farmer in Kitsilano for a couple hours of careful observation.

Sketcher’s Blog
May 29, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Vancouver enjoyed warm temperatures and blue skies this weekend. Beaches were packed. Bicycles were busy on the streets and pathways. Shops and patios were full. It was perfect for a quiet afternoon getaway into the garden with a sketchbook . . .

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May 30, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer

The Food Forest Handbook

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Design and Manage a Home-Scale Perennial Polyculture Garden

By Darrell Frey & Michelle Czolba
New Society Books
April, 2017

A food forest is a productive landscape developed around a mix of trees and perennials. Rooted in permaculture principles, this integrated approach to gardening incorporates a variety of plants such as fruit and nut trees, shrubs, vines, and perennial herbs and vegetables. Food forests can help increase biodiversity, protect valuable habitat for beneficial insects, and promote food security and resilience, all while providing an abundant harvest.

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May 29, 2017   Comments Off on The Food Forest Handbook

Urban agriculture on the rise in Columbia, Missouri

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Click on image for larger file. An ambitious Agriculture Park on the old fairgrounds next to the Activity and Recreation Center and the Columbia Farmers Market.

He told us that the center has been seven years at its current site and last year alone donated more than 7,000 pounds of produce to the food pantry.

By George Kennedy
Missourian
Apr 13, 2017

Excerpt:

It turned out that, along with the exotic nourishment, the 100 or so of us in attendance got a useful reminder that “urban agriculture” is not the oxymoron it might appear to be.

Instead, what that term means for Columbia is, at the moment, a 1.3-acre mid-city cooperative garden and, just over the horizon, an ambitious Agriculture Park on the old fairgrounds next to the Activity and Recreation Center and the Columbia Farmers Market.

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April 23, 2017   Comments Off on Urban agriculture on the rise in Columbia, Missouri

From Moscow: A ‘City Farm’ home appliance

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The city farms are equipped with fine sensors sending all the farm performance and plant growth indicators to the application.

Fibonacci
Krasny Oktyabr, 119072 Moscow

From their website:

The body is completely leak-tight, made of sound eight-layered composite aluminum. You can select out of 9 coloring options.

Regulated «smart» tinting coating of a farm’s glass door enables to turn down the glaring light RainbowSpectrum ™. Tinting coating is controlled with the use of the INTELLIGENT EXPERT application.

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April 16, 2017   Comments Off on From Moscow: A ‘City Farm’ home appliance

Sasaki Unveils Design for Sunqiao, a 100-Hectare Urban Farming District in Shanghai

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An aquaponics showcase, and festival market signal an attempt to educate generations of children about where their food comes from.

By Niall Patrick Walsh
Arch Daily
Apr 2, 2017

Excerpt:

With nearly 24 million inhabitants to feed and a decline in the availability and quality of agricultural land, the Chinese megacity of Shanghai is set to realize the Sunqiao Urban Agricultural District, a 100-hectare masterplan designed by US-based firm Sasaki Associates. Situated between Shanghai’s main international airport and the city center, Sunqiao will introduce large-scale vertical farming to the city of soaring skyscrapers. While primarily responding to the growing agricultural demand in the region, Sasaki’s vision goes further, using urban farming as a dynamic living laboratory for innovation, interaction, and education.

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April 9, 2017   Comments Off on Sasaki Unveils Design for Sunqiao, a 100-Hectare Urban Farming District in Shanghai

With Floating Farm, New York Looks to the Future of Public Parks

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Public foraging farms are sprouting up from coast to coast, but one, in New York, has an especially ambitious social mission.

By Nikki Ekstein
Bloomberg
March 31, 2017

Excerpt:

If you always thought Central Park needed more edible plants, you’re in luck.

Come April, a farm full of fruit trees and other crops will float to locations in three New York City boroughs, and visitors will be invited to enjoy nature by literally picking, snipping, and sowing to their hearts’ content. Located on a 5,000-square-foot barge, “Swale” will include 4,000 square feet of solar-powered growing space, including a perennial garden, an aquaponics area, and an apple orchard sponsored by Heineken USA’s Strongbow Apple Ciders atop a large man-made hill. (The hill allows deeper root space for fruiting trees.)

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April 1, 2017   Comments Off on With Floating Farm, New York Looks to the Future of Public Parks

Los Angeles: Company feeds growing edible landscaping trend

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These raised beds are installed at one of the California apartment complexes. Photo: Farscape.

A small agrihood consisting of eight to 10 raised beds, six orchard trees and mulching starts around $20,000 and only goes up from there as the size and complexity is increased.

By Jill Odom
Total Landscape Care
Mar 14, 2017

Excerpt:

Farmscape has currently installed over 600 urban farms to date and maintains more than 250 of those locations.

The smaller agrihoods can be designed to fit 500 square feet while large agrihoods can take up several acres of land.

“We design each project to match the neighborhood and the future residents,” Hermanson said.

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March 21, 2017   Comments Off on Los Angeles: Company feeds growing edible landscaping trend

Amy M. Youngs’ Worm Composter Works By Rocking in a Chair

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See the video of the machine in operation.

‘Machine For Living Independently’

By Amy M. Youngs
(Must see. Mike)

The plants, worms and bacteria living in this sculpture rely on each other and on human participation. They are fed entirely on waste generated by us: coffee grounds and veggie scraps from our kitchen, old newspapers and shredded junk mail from our offices, and carbon dioxide from our breath. They are watered by our rocking leisurely in the chair, which mechanically pushes water up to the top of the ecosystem and causes it to circulate through each part; delivering to the plant roots aerated water that has been fertilized by the worms living in the stream.

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March 14, 2017   Comments Off on Amy M. Youngs’ Worm Composter Works By Rocking in a Chair

British designer Vanessa Harden’s Subversive Gardener line of jewelry and accessories

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They tap into the urban, guerrilla gardening movement in which gardeners take over vacant lots or concrete medians for gardens. Harden creates ball caps with hidden garden rakes, rings with garden tools embedded in the design and other sly, clever accessories.

By Vanessa Harden
(Must see. Mike)

Tools for Her is the new collection of accessories designed to function as guerrilla gardening tools. Tools for Her presents a trio of brass ‘nail-dusters’ that can be used as a spade, rake and shovel in urban gardening. Each tool is paired with fabulous nail polish and seed varieties to stylishly integrate gardening assaults into the guerrilla gardener’s daily routine.

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March 8, 2017   Comments Off on British designer Vanessa Harden’s Subversive Gardener line of jewelry and accessories

Build You Own Ikea ‘Growroom’

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The Plans: The Growroom – a spherical garden that enables people to grow their own food locally within our cities and in a beautiful and sustainable manner

The Growroom is designed by:
Sine Lindholm, Mads-Ulrik Husum & SPACE10

Excerpt:

The design received a lot of attention from all over the world, which is why we today release the design/cutting files and simple instructions, so people around the world can build their very own Growroom inside their own neighbourhoods.

We already know that the open source design files will be used to build The Growroom in Helsinki, Taipei, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, but this is just the beginning, because we hope to see The Growroom pop up in cities across the world.

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February 17, 2017   Comments Off on Build You Own Ikea ‘Growroom’

Martha Stewart: A Winter Harvest from My Vegetable Greenhouse

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Here’s Ryan harvesting some cutting celery, another ingredient of my green juice. This hardy annual can be used in place of celery and is easier to grow. The fine green leaves and thin hollow stems are especially good to flavor soups and stews.

Photos from her food producing greenhouse

Martha Up Close and Personal Blog
Feb 7, 2017

Excerpt:

My expansive outdoor vegetable garden is bare, but I’m fortunate to have lots of wonderful vegetables growing in the ground in a special greenhouse located behind my Equipment Barn. As many of you know, its design was inspired by Eliot Coleman, an expert of four-season farming.

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February 14, 2017   Comments Off on Martha Stewart: A Winter Harvest from My Vegetable Greenhouse

University of Arizona: Urban agriculture: feeding the future

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Video Interviews

Directed and edited by Logan Nagel
Interviews conducted by Chandler Donald
Videography by Aiden Vens
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Feb 4, 2017

University of Arizona – Tucson – Spring 2017. In light of a campus-wide rooftop garden design competition, we spoke with a number of experts about their thoughts on landscape architecture, growing food, and nature in cities.

February 11, 2017   Comments Off on University of Arizona: Urban agriculture: feeding the future

Urban farming in suburban Phoenix becomes the basis for an entire community hub

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Click on image for larger file. An 18-acre site in South Phoenix with spaces for farming, gardening, education and community.

DSGN AGNC’s Spaces Of Opportunity, an 18-acre site in South Phoenix, Arizona, that is much more than just a place for growing: It’s also a community hub, an art center, and a music venue.

By Sam Lubell
The Architect’s Newspaper
January 24, 2017

Excerpt:

“The idea is that farming here is an excuse to bring services to this area,” said DSGN AGNC principal and founder Quilian Riano. “A way to bring economic opportunity.”

The semi-suburban area is home primarily to low- and middle-income Latino and African American populations. It’s also the site of a food desert, meaning that fresh food is very difficult to find. “There are more liquor stores than grocery stores here,” noted Riano.

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February 2, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farming in suburban Phoenix becomes the basis for an entire community hub