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Milwaukee Students Create ‘Urban Agriculture’ Bench

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SHARP Literacy Students Create Public Art For Neighborhood House Garden Park

Milwaukee Courier
Aug. 20, 2016

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The “Urban Agriculture” bench project was inspired by SHARP Literacy’s 12th We Love to Learn book, There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City, written in collaboration with Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power. Led by Milwaukee artist Sally Duback, the bench project is one of four permanent works of art created during SHARP Literacy’s 2016 summer program. In addition to the Urban Agriculture bench, Sally Duback and SHARP students at Journey House, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center and Our Next Generation conceptualized and designed door-sized mosaic murals.

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August 28, 2016   No Comments

Agritopia founder sought to regain “village life”

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Gilbert businessman Joe Johnston launched Agritopia more than a decade ago. Click on image for larger file.

The result of his stewardship is Agritopia (agriculture+topia), a 160-acre village urban farm with a population of 1,300 that has garnered attention from around the world.

By Srianthi Perera
Ahwatukee Foothills News Writer
Aug 11, 2016

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“The farm, as it stood, was not going to be something that made sense in the fabric of the suburban environment,” Johnston said. “We wanted to preserve agriculture and we also wanted to preserve every single building in the homestead area.”

The result of his stewardship is Agritopia (agriculture+topia), a 160-acre village urban farm with a population of 1,300 that has garnered attention from around the world.

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August 17, 2016   No Comments

Urban farming group, Louisville Grows, starts work on new headquarters in Louisville, KY

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Rendering of the Healthy House. (Courtesy Louisville Grows)

“We want the Healthy House to be a demonstration home where people can come and see in person different green improvements that they can make to their own home or different ways they can garden with a green roof or beehives on the roof,” Magnuson explained.

By Branden Klayko
Broken Sidewalk
Jul 19, 2016

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Inside, a front room contains a classroom and flexible use space that can be opened up to the larger community for meetings and classes. “We’re going to be offering garden education and citizen forestry classes in the space,” Magnuson said. “We’re also planning on doing a couple different dinners there.” Up above, a green roof dotted with beehives offers another educational opportunity.

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July 28, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farming group, Louisville Grows, starts work on new headquarters in Louisville, KY

Fence Gardening by Invivo Design Studio

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fencegWith our vertical vegetation products (A.K.A. “living walls” or “vertical gardens”), you can enjoy herbs, flowers, and vegetables within arm’s reach – even in downtown apartments and compact townhouses.

Vertical Urban Ecology – Invivo’s pocket planters allow you to turn any fence or railing into a vertical garden.

By Yael Stav and Gordon Glaze
Invivo Design Studio
Vancouver, BC

Excerpt from their website:

Invivo Design Studio was founded in Tel-Aviv by life partners Yael Stav and Gordon Glaze. Design research at the studio started by purchasing vertical vegetation systems from established vendors and assessing them for food production in our small Tel-Aviv Yard.

Invivo’s yard soon became a tourist attraction in it’s own right with weekly tours being conducted for sightseers regularly. It became a venue for instruction of vertical vegetation, permaculture and urban agriculture. The yard was inspiring in its methods and prolific in its yield.

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July 12, 2016   Comments Off on Fence Gardening by Invivo Design Studio

New York’s Bushwick II to have 60,000-square-foot rooftop with an urban farm and recreational spaces including a pool

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Tenants will be able to grow and harvest produce at the rooftop’s urban farm.

BY Dana Schulz
6ftsquare
June 24, 2016

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it will encompass one million square feet over two city blocks and have 800-900 units, as well as an entire system of interconnecting courtyards and common spaces that break from the street grid, an 18,000-square-foot central park, and a 60,000-square-foot rooftop with an urban farm and recreational spaces including a pool.

The brick buildings vary in height from six to nine stories with diagrid braces intercepting square windows along the street. Facing the courtyards are glazed walls and balconies.

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June 28, 2016   Comments Off on New York’s Bushwick II to have 60,000-square-foot rooftop with an urban farm and recreational spaces including a pool

Urban Agriculture Educational Poster

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What distinguishes it from rural agriculture is that it is integrated into the urban economic and ecological system.

By Weikun Liang
Pittsburgh, PA
Human Computer Interaction student at Carnegie Mellon University

Excerpt:

Zoning plays a big role in urban agriculture. It can dictate what kind of growing can be allowed, whether animals, retail sales, and even education can be part of the operation. Many cities have multiple restrictions on raising animals with the result that most urban farms don’t keep animals for production purposes.

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June 20, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Educational Poster

Artist Joe Tyler creates garden gate for Arizona community garden

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Surprise Community Garden celebrates spring with new public artwork

By Surprise Independent
June 4, 2016

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Local artist Joe Tyler has built and installed two new public art pieces for the Benevilla/City of Surprise Community Garden.

Mr. Tyler graduated from Arizona State University with a master of science degree in environmental horticulture. He then owned and operated a nursery for fifteen years.

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June 14, 2016   Comments Off on Artist Joe Tyler creates garden gate for Arizona community garden

Fun, fashionable products for the urban agriculture enthusiast!

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See 18 photos of their new collection here.

Fluffy Layers offers exciting new designs and ideas for farmers everywhere.

Excerpt from Fluffy Layers website:

Company Bio: Fluffy Layers is an agriculture-fashion company headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. With the resurgence of raising chickens and urban farming, Fluffy Layers provides unique designs and an innovative approach to utilitarian clothing. Its signature Egg Collecting Apron® offers a fashionable, fun, and functional way for chicken owners and their families to collect eggs each day. The apron keeps one’s hands free and doesn’t require a heavy and cumbersome basket during collection time.

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June 10, 2016   Comments Off on Fun, fashionable products for the urban agriculture enthusiast!

Nation’s first K-8 urban farm school teaches kids how to grow their own food

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Covering both the building’s facade and roof with soil and plants to create a “Living Building” achieves a number of environmental and neighborhood objectives; the plants provide green space, air filtration and oxygen, and absorb storm water runoff to prevent flooding.

Golden Bridges School is unique is that it is located on a small plot of land, in a dense urban city, and sets the goal of providing a farm-based education for urban children, many of whom never have the opportunity to get out into the country.

By Jill Fehrenbacher
inhabit
June 3, 2016

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We’re very excited about this innovative urban farm school being built in San Francisco, California that will educate preschoolers through 8th graders with an ecology farm curriculum based on Waldorf Education. Project architect Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects just unveiled plans for a stunning new plant-covered “living building” for the site that will house classrooms and act as a gathering space for the community at the farm.

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June 7, 2016   Comments Off on Nation’s first K-8 urban farm school teaches kids how to grow their own food

World War 2: Use Spades Not Ships

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Artist: Abram Games

Creator
GAMES, ABRAM (artist)
Chromoworks Ltd, Willesden, London (printer)
Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (publisher/sponsor)

Before the Second World War, Britain had imported 55 million tons of food each year. Merchant shipping was immediately targeted by German U Boats and additional capacity was needed to import war materials. The ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign launched at the outbreak of the war encouraged the cultivation of gardens and allotments. Millions of instructional leaflets were issued and by 1943, over 1.4 million people had allotments and were producing over a million tons of vegetables a year.

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June 3, 2016   Comments Off on World War 2: Use Spades Not Ships

‘Guinness For Strength’ Advertising

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Excerpt from Victoria and Albert Museum

Advertising of Guinness began on a national scale in 1929, through the advertising agency S. H. Benson. The collaboration between the copy-writer R. A. Bevan (son of the painter Robert Bevan), the art director Dicky Richards, and the artist John Gilroy, resulted in some of the most memorable posters ever produced. During Gilroy’s long association with Arthur Guinness Son & Co. Ltd., he invented the famous Guinness menagerie of toucans, seals, ostriches, camels, giraffes, etc. – based on studies he made at the zoo.

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June 1, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Guinness For Strength’ Advertising

Artist: Trystan Mitchell, St Austell, United Kingdom

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By Trystan Mitchell
From his website

I’m an illustrator and sometime paper toy nut living and working in Cornwall and I’ve scribbled and scratched away at one surface or another ever since I realised I could do more with a crayon than chew it to a satisfying gooey pulp.

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May 31, 2016   Comments Off on Artist: Trystan Mitchell, St Austell, United Kingdom

Regen Villages – Door-step high-yield organic food production

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The first ReGen Village pilot community is to be developed in Almere in Netherlands, with 100 homes breaking ground in this summer of 2016

Excerpt from their website:

Energy positive homes. Door-step high-yield organic food production. Mixed renewable energy and storage. Water and waste recycling. Empowerment of local communities. These are the five pillars of a new visionary concept for self-sustaining urban eco-communities – ReGen Villages.

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May 30, 2016   Comments Off on Regen Villages – Door-step high-yield organic food production

Ikea’s Clever Kit Makes Indoor Farming as Easy as It’ll Get

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The Krydda/Växer line are the result of some dovetailing trends: (1) More people live in urban areas in small apartments and (2) more and more, people like to know where their food comes from.

60 percent of survey participants grew plants indoors, be they vegetables or flowers. Gardening was more common in Shanghai, where the number is 75 percent.

By Margaret Rhodes
Wired
05.20.16

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It’s no surprise, then, that Shanghai is where Ronnie Runesson, a senior product developer at Ikea, came up with the company’s new line of indoor gardening kits. Runesson, who is Swedish and has worked at Ikea for 33 years, recently spent three years in the company’s Shanghai office. While in Shanghai he visited with other product suppliers, and saw several small, indoor units where office workers grew their own lettuces and herbs.

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May 25, 2016   Comments Off on Ikea’s Clever Kit Makes Indoor Farming as Easy as It’ll Get

Expedition agroparks

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Research by design into sustainable development and agriculture in the network society

By Peter J.A.M. Smeets
Wageningen Academic Pubishers
2011 Pages: 320

This book is the result of several years of expedition into the development of metropolitan FoodClusters. The author’s fascination for the agricultural landscapes in and around metropolises led him to the conclusion that improving the efficiency of agriculture is the most effective way to safeguard the quality of such landscapes. The wasteful modes of production developed in the past 150 years have led to a serious decline in both the surface area and the quality of the highly valued landscapes.

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May 24, 2016   Comments Off on Expedition agroparks