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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

Excerpt:

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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

Agrihoods take root: a housing trend rooted in agriculture

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The Cannery, a community designed around a small farm in Davis, about 20 miles west of California’s capital, Sacramento.

By Michelle Locke
The Associated Press
May 17, 2016

Excerpt:

Master developer The New Home Co. was looking to build a neighborhood, not just homes, and market research showed that people wanted to connect to community. So “it made lots of sense to take this 7.5-acre piece of property and turn it into an urban farm, have that be the focus point,” says Kevin Carson, New Home president.

Residents can sign up for a weekly box of produce from the farm, and no matter what their level of participation they get to feel part of something, says Carson. “They can see the pumpkins being harvested or the tomatoes being planted or the different seasons that happen on a farm.”

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May 22, 2016   Comments Off on Agrihoods take root: a housing trend rooted in agriculture

There are chickens outside the Cleveland Convention Center?

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The sustainable farming project outside the Cleveland Convention Center includes chickens, bees and pigs.

By Cory Shaffer
cleveland.com
April 16, 2016

Excerpt:

The animals are part of a sustainable farming project the convention center’s food vendor has run since April 2014, spokesperson Dave Johnson said.

The project started with Levy Restaurants executive chef Matt Del Regno keeping three beehives in a dirt lot nestled between the convention center’s ballroom and railroad tracks just south of the Shoreway.

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April 21, 2016   Comments Off on There are chickens outside the Cleveland Convention Center?

“Sky farm” – World Architecture Festival Awards Jury

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“Its geometry can also be adapted depending on the Earth’s latitude and the amount of sunlight available. In cooler climates, a double skinned enclosure and heating could be added to create optimum growing conditions.”

By Architects at London-based architecture firm Roger Stirk Harbour and Partners

Skyfarm proposes an alternative to the typical land-intensive farming systems. A vertical farm, it is designed to produce crops in multi-storey structures within high density urban areas or where there is insufficient land or poor quality soil. The multi-storey tensegrity structure (isolated components in compression delineated by prestressed tension members) is made of light bamboo to create a rigid circular frame and maximise sun exposure onto the farm. These towers support several layers of agricultural cultivation and an aquaponics system that enables the growth of crops and fish together in a re-circulating system; nutrients derived from fish waste are fed to the plants and the plants provide filters for the fish to thrive in.

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April 17, 2016   Comments Off on “Sky farm” – World Architecture Festival Awards Jury

Toward Sustainability: Novelties, Areas of Learning and Innovation in Urban Agriculture

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jumplGraphic from: If You Plant a Seed by Nadir Nelson.

The described novelties include approaches to enhance the positive impacts of practicing agriculture within urban areas, and some of them have the potential to contribute to societal change and open up opportunities for social learning processes.

By Ina Opitz, Kathrin Specht, Regine Berges, Rosemarie Siebert and Annette Piorr
Sustainability
Vol 8 Iss 4
Apr 1, 2016

Abstract:

Given the search for new solutions to better prepare cities for the future, in recent years, urban agriculture (UA) has gained in relevance. Within the context of UA, innovative organizational and technical approaches are generated and tested. They can be understood as novelties that begin a potential innovation process. This empirical study is based on 17 qualitative interviews in the U.S. (NYC; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago, IL, USA). The aim was to identify: (i) the most relevant areas of learning and innovation; (ii) the drivers of innovation; (iii) the applied novelties and their specific approach to overcoming the perceived obstacles;

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April 15, 2016   Comments Off on Toward Sustainability: Novelties, Areas of Learning and Innovation in Urban Agriculture