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Portland Urban Intentional Community has 46 private garden plots for resident use

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Kailash Ecovillage is a sustainably focused community located on a two-acre site in inner SE Portland, Oregon. Click on image for larger file.

They even filled in the swimming pool from the old apartment complex (that again, due to Portland’s temperate climate, was very underused) to make room for more garden space.

By Scott Cooney
Green Living Ideas
Jan 2, 2017

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In addition, as food is so central to a sustainable community, probably the most impressive part of Kailash is the garden. Or should we say gardens – there are 46 private garden plots for resident use, and an extensive community garden. They also have a bamboo micro-forestry project, berry bushes, grapevines, fruit orchards, and a greenhouse. They have also created areas dedicated for wildlife habitat, including bird houses, bat houses, bee boxes and reptile gardens.

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January 11, 2017   No Comments

What’s Good In The Agrihood? Can it work in Philadelphia?

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Where an urban or community farm offers an opportunity for people to supply themselves and their neighbors with fresh produce, an agrihood focuses on making a farming outfit the very center of a small community, the way manufacturing used to be.

By Quinn O’callaghan
The Philadelphia Citizen
Dec 28, 2016

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Kuck says that the top selling point of such agrihoods would be the fact that they help legitimize the usefulness and utility of accommodating for green spaces in modern urban planning. “Even 30 years ago, there were 500 community gardens and backyard plots without support, and we lost a lot of those developments by not prioritizing how green spaces play a role in how we shape and plan for cities,” Kuck says. “In some ways, the term ‘agrihood’ is a little bit irrelevant to me, but if it gets people thinking about planning and galvanizing them in the future, that’s great.”

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January 6, 2017   Comments Off on What’s Good In The Agrihood? Can it work in Philadelphia?

Happy New Year from City Farmer! It’s our 39th Year

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Maria’s Compost Garden hops went into our beer again this year

More varieties and a bigger crop made this year’s ‘Rail Ale’ a treat. Named for the big changes that took place next to our garden; the century old railway line was pulled up. A new Greenway era begins for use by pedestrians and cyclist.

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December 31, 2016   Comments Off on Happy New Year from City Farmer! It’s our 39th Year

Berkeley sprouts creative housing, topped by a working farm

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The rooftops at the Garden Village modular apartment complex on Dwight Way in Berkeley are under cultivation. Photo: Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle.

In all, one-third of an acre of “land” is available for farming.

By John King
San Francisco Chronicle
December 24, 2016
(Must see. Mike)

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Two of the interior pods stop at three levels and are topped by communal terraces that get use throughout the day when studies and weather allow. One more level up, you encounter the startling contrast of panoramic views — and a dissected farm where you can touch the ground or snip off a sprig of parsley.

This time of year, between harvests, some pods show nothing but dirt. Others are softened by abundant mounds of green parsley and purple kale. One roof is dotted with red radishes waiting to be picked.

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December 31, 2016   Comments Off on Berkeley sprouts creative housing, topped by a working farm

Merry Christmas from City Farmer!

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Looking Through Our New Iron Gate – Created By Davide Pan

During the summer, metal artist Davide Pan created a new window/gate at the Compost Garden. It faces the City of Vancouver’s new Arbutus Greenway. The Greenway corridor, recently purchased from the Canadian Pacific Railway, stretches 11 kilometres from near downtown Vancouver to the Fraser River.

The Compost Garden will draw in thousands of new visitors who will travel this new transportation corridor by foot and bike.

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December 25, 2016   Comments Off on Merry Christmas from City Farmer!

AgroBox mural completed at Bryan High School, Nebraska

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Mural painted by Hugo Zamorano.

More than 100 Bryan students are part of the Urban Agriculture Career Academy and the school also has one of the largest Future Farmers of America chapters in the Nebraska.

By Eric Taylor
Bellevue Leader
Dec 13, 2016

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Hugo Zamorano, a 2010 Bryan grad, completed a mural that graces the AgroBox at the school. The mural, and the AgroBox, were on display during an open house and ribbon cutting Friday afternoon at the school.

Chris Moorman, CEO of Rubicon Agriculture, was on hand for the event. Rubicon is an Indiana-based agricultural manufacturing company that created the AgroBox, which is an automated hydroponic growing facility built inside of an up-cycled 40-foot shipping container.

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December 22, 2016   Comments Off on AgroBox mural completed at Bryan High School, Nebraska

In Philadelphia, A Victorian Home With An Urban Farm

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When this house went on the market, Andrew Olson and Neal Santos seized the opportunity. It enabled them to fully commit to their urban garden, Farm 51 on the adjacent lot.

But before there was a picturesque farm stand, there were thousands and thousands of pounds of trash to be hauled, weed trees to be cut back and general debris to clean up.

By Quelcy Kogel
Design Sponge
Dec 12, 2016

Excerpt:

With a background in horticulture, Andrew was in search of a place to live where he could garden and keep chickens and bees. He found an amenable landlord, which landed him on 51st Street, but his green thumb quickly surpassed the yard and spilled into the adjoining abandoned city lot. Andrew and Neal began working with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest Program, which equipped them with compost, lumber and seedlings, enabling them to expand their garden endeavor. Farm 51 was born and became a community hub (as evidenced by the many pictures of cute kids tending to vegetables via Instagram).

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December 19, 2016   Comments Off on In Philadelphia, A Victorian Home With An Urban Farm

Vietnam Home Features Accessible Platforms That Integrate Urban Farming

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“Terraces home serves as a constant reminder of the origin of paddy rice civilization in a flat world context, threatened by various types of pollution currently at an alarming level.”

Design Boom
Nov 6, 2016

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In Vietnam, H&P architects has completed a large residence featuring accessible platforms that integrate urban farming as a basis for sustainable development. located in the city of ha tinh, ‘terraces home’ seeks to combine architecture with agriculture, forming a new typology that the architects refer to as ‘agritecture’. influenced by the country’s terraced rice fields, the property intends to dissolve boundaries between internal and external living.

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November 8, 2016   Comments Off on Vietnam Home Features Accessible Platforms That Integrate Urban Farming

Denmark’s ‘Silicon Valley of agriculture’ and an interview with eco architect William McDonough

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Denmark is making huge investments in urban agriculture, with some of the world’s leading architects and designers steering the way to a whole-systems, ecological approach to growing food.

Two articles
By Jill Fehrenbacher
By Tafline Laylin
inhabitat
Oct 3 and Sept 15, 2016
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William McDonough: The Agro Food Park is a whole complex right now with 75 companies, about 1000 people. It’s part of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and was opened in 2009, about 460,000 square feet. There’s about half a million square feet already in place with 75 companies, and they’re looking to expand and build an additional roughly three million square feet over the next 30 years. That’s what we’re doing here as the master plan and then conceiving how this sort of agricultural technology and food production thinking in Denmark can be expanded as commercial opportunities for people and their synergies. This is a place, literally, where people could be engaging in the business of feeding the world safe, healthy food. That, to us, is very exciting.

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October 7, 2016   Comments Off on Denmark’s ‘Silicon Valley of agriculture’ and an interview with eco architect William McDonough

Detroit’s first U-pick apple orchard could become reality

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Conceptual rendering of plans for Detroit’s first U-pick apple orchard on the city’s east side.
(Photo: Wolverine Human Services)

Core Orchards Detroit, created by nonprofit Wolverine Human Services, has raised more than $400,000 for the project.

By Elissa Robinson
Detroit Free Press
September 24, 2016

Excerpt:

Michigan is home to hundreds of apple orchards, filled with acres of tart and tangy, crisp and crunchy, sweet and juicy apples.

But you won’t find a single orchard in the city of Detroit.

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October 2, 2016   Comments Off on Detroit’s first U-pick apple orchard could become reality

Bill Mollison passed away on September 24, 2016 – Co-originator of ‘Permaculture’

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So, in answer to the complex question “what is permaculture?”, perhaps the most concise response is to say with others that “permaculture is a revolution disguised as organic gardening”.

By Samuel Alexander
The Conversation
Sept 28, 2016

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Mollison grew up in Stanley, Tasmania. After leaving school at 15 he moved through a range of occupations before joining the CSIRO in the Wildlife Survey Section in 1954, where he developed his research experience and understanding of ecological systems.

He was later appointed to the University of Tasmania, which is where, in 1974, he met the brilliant and radical young research student, David Holmgren

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September 30, 2016   Comments Off on Bill Mollison passed away on September 24, 2016 – Co-originator of ‘Permaculture’

City Farmer: Chamomile Growing in our Fairy Garden

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Chamomile Growing in the Fairy Garden from Michael Levenston on Vimeo.

Ceramic Fairy Houses made by artist Melissa Hume

Maria harvests chamomile in the Fairy Garden at Vancouver’s Compost Demonstration Garden.

Children love to see where the fairies live in our garden. Their colourful, ceramic homes are set in an area beneath the stump and roots of a massive cottonwood tree which fell in the Vancouver windstorm of Aug 29, 2015.

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September 12, 2016   Comments Off on City Farmer: Chamomile Growing in our Fairy Garden

Dubai’s Sustainable City Includes Urban Farming

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There is a 3 hectare farm running across the City’s central spine. This community farm accommodates 38,000 sqft (3,500 sqm) of Biodome Greenhouses dedicated to the growing of fruits, herbs and vegetables.

By Nick Webster
The National AE
Sept 4, 2016

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The city’s urban farm produces more than 20 kinds of herbs and will soon start growing fruit and vegetables once the productive landscape matures. About 2,000 date palms are on the property. Green compost is used on everything grown.

“We are also looking into composting our food waste, turning it into a resource that will improve our soils.

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September 10, 2016   Comments Off on Dubai’s Sustainable City Includes Urban Farming

Copenhagen: An Urban Farm That Is a Cross Over Between Art and Architecture

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‘At Space10, we envision a future where we grow much more food inside our cities. Food producing architecture could enable us to do so.’ – says Carla Cammilla Hjort, Director of Space10. Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj.

The Growroom: exploring how cities can feed themselves through local food producing architecture

By Space10
at CHART Art Fair in Copenhagen
Aug 2016
(Must see. Mike)

Space10 and architects Mads-Ulrik Husum & Sine Lindholm co-created a stunningly beautiful urban farm that was exhibited at CHART ART FAIR in Copenhagen this weekend. With the Growroom, Space10 wants to spark conversations about how we can bring nature back into our cities, grow our own food and tackle the rapidly increasing demand for significantly more food in the future.

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on Copenhagen: An Urban Farm That Is a Cross Over Between Art and Architecture

Studio Gang proposes net-zero school with three-acre urban farm in Chicago (complete with its own goat)

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Students will help grow breakfast and lunch for their classmates.

By Matthew Messner
The Architects Newspaper
Aug 22, 2016

Excerpt:

Perhaps the most notable of the school’s amenities is a three-acre urban farm. Along with producing its own power, the school will also produce a portion of its own food. Students will help grow breakfast and lunch for their classmates. The school believes the understanding of agriculture is an important part both of being a global citizen and of creating one’s relationship to food. Anchoring the farm is a greenhouse-barn where classes and presentations can be held for students and the community.

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August 30, 2016   Comments Off on Studio Gang proposes net-zero school with three-acre urban farm in Chicago (complete with its own goat)