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Farming Simulator 15: City dwellers can farm in the country from their desks

More than 2.5 million copies sold. Drive over 140 authentic vehicles and farming tools, from over 40 most famous manufacturers

Press Release
Oct 28, 2014

Just a few days from its release this Thursday on PC, we are pleased to lead you to the fields of Farming Simulator 15 one last time with the launch trailer! Here’s a good opportunity to get a last sneak peek at some of the many activities that are yours to enjoy in the new generation of Farming Simulator, available on October 30 on PC, and early 2015 on consoles.

Farming Simulator is a real phenomenon in today’s video gaming landscape, offering an experience very different from what we are used to: put away your battle gear, and get into your wellington boots before throwing yourself into the daily routine of the modern day farmer. Farming Simulator managed to seduce a broad range of players; younger gamers are attracted to the accessibility of the title and the sandbox aspect of the game; agricultural vehicle enthusiasts revel in the vast array of machinery reproduced in loving detail, and seasoned players enjoy its accurate and realistic simulation.

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October 30, 2014   No Comments

First-of-Its-Kind Study Shows Which Neighborhoods in Chicago Have the Most Gardens

University of Illinois researchers analyzed high-resolution satellite images found and found more than 4,000 gardens in the city, and plotted them on a map.

“We decided to scan the entire land area of Chicago looking for gardens that hadn’t been reported on any list: backyard gardens, utility right of ways and other things that I could see in Google Earth.”

By Casey Cora
DNA Info
October 28, 2014


In addition to the residential gardens, researchers identified community gardens, urban farms and gardens outside schools. Factor those in and the number of Chicago’s food-producing gardens swells to 4,648 — and that’s not counting the small gardens invisible to Google Earth.

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October 28, 2014   No Comments

The Poison Garden at England’s Alnwick Garden is filled with plants that can kill you

The ornate black gates to the Poison Garden warn visitors of the deadly plants that grow within. Photo by Duncan Andison/Corbis.

Visitors to the Poison Garden are prohibited from smelling, touching or tasting any of them.

By Natasha Geiling
September 22, 2014


“What’s extraordinary about the plants is that it’s the most common ones that people don’t know are killers,” the duchess says. Visitors are often surprised to learn that the laurel hedge, nearly ubiquitous in English gardens, can be highly toxic. But some visitors have had experience with laurel’s sinister side—the duchess has heard a few talk about how, after loading up their cars with pruned laurel leaves to take to the dump, drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel of their car from the toxic fumes the branches emit.

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October 19, 2014   No Comments

Steel grate urban farming classroom by Colorado building workshop


The orientation of the volume allows for views into the space by staff sitting in their office, while simultaneously offering privacy for those inside of the classroom.

Students: Shawn Adams, Brandon Bain, Kristin Bevis, Mike Blea, Joe Coleman, Amr Fayez, John Gibbons, James Hart, Jeremy Jones, Amy Keil, Maeve Kinsey, Dj Kornmeyer, Breton Lujan, Kendra Matrician, Paul Mitchell, Jack Tipton
Faculty: Rick Sommerfeld, Craig Cherry
Structural Engineer: Andy Paddock
Sept 2014

In lakewood, colorado, an urban farming classroom has been completed by colorado building workshop – a design build program for graduate students entering their final year at CU-denver. located adjacent to the state’s newest lightrail line, the outdoor learning facility is intended to educate local residents on the topic of city-based agriculture.

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September 9, 2014   Comments Off

Infographic – Urban Agriculture in Washington, DC

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40 plus community gardens in DC

By Bozzuto Group


“The White House kitchen garden is one of the best and most fulfilling things I’ve done as First Lady.” Says Michelle. Michelle Obama is the 1st Lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to plant a garden at the White Hosue.

“I planted the vegetable gardens at the White House during World War 2 to ensure an adequate food supply.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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Victory Garden Info-graphic marks 100 years since the start of the First World War

See the whole info-graphic here.

During the war, onions were in short supply. The Ministry advised that leeks were a good substitute

By Notcutts


During the First World War Germany’s blockade caused food shortages which increased the demand for allotments. One source of land suitable for allotments but not large enough for general agriculture was the land owned by railway companies. These parcels of land were often allotted to the railway workers and this is the reason you will often see allotments by railway lines today.

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September 2, 2014   Comments Off

City Farm at MIT – Open source food

One MIT scientist hopes to farm without soil for city life

By Mona Lalwani
The Verge
August 27, 2014
(Must see. Mike)

At MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Caleb Harper’s CityFARM demonstrates the future of food production. He grows plants through aeroponics, a system that produces plants without soil. Plants are hooked up to servers and misting mechanisms. LEDs fill in for the sun and ladybugs (purchased on Amazon) occasionally make an appearance. Plants are periodically sprayed with a nutrient-rich mist that provides optimal pH balance. Light and temperatures are closely monitored. The environment nurtures plants that have twice the nutrient density of their conventional counterparts. Lettuce, bok choy, and tomatoes have already fed the scientists in the lab.

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August 31, 2014   Comments Off

Proposal to turn San Francisco’s Candlestick Park stadium into a gigantic hydroponic greenhouse

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Occasional concerts in between times of harvesting and planting

By San Francisco-based IwamotoScott Architecture

Surrounding the stadium is a new green-roofed, terraced podium that interfaces with the surrounding Candlestick Point redevelopment master plan, sheltering beneath it a marketplace for locally-produced urban agriculture and food goods.

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August 27, 2014   Comments Off

Detroit artist Ryan Herberholz created a mural on a formerly blighted building in Detroit to help celebrate urban farming

The mural was recently completed and more than 200 people came out to help celebrate the official unveiling.

From YouTube
Aug 8, 2014

Local Good Food hub Door to Door Organics is proud to be cultivating the growth of Detroit’s urban farming movement. We commissioned Detroit artist Ryan Herberholz to create an inspiring mural on Michigan Urban Farming Initiative’s land that was once vacant but is now farmed to feed the community.

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August 21, 2014   Comments Off

The Story of Oedipus Retold with Vegetables in Starring Roles

Oedipus took two years to make with a volunteer staff of 100.

Open Culture
August 7th, 2014


Sophocles and Aeschylus may be spinning in their graves. Or, who knows, they may be taking some delight in this bizarre twist on the Oedipus myth. Running 8 minutes, Jason Wishnow’s 2004 film puts vegetables in the starring roles.

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August 16, 2014   Comments Off

An allotment garden house in Denmark


The house ended up costing about US$ 18,400 in materials

By Assia
Living in a Showbox
July 22, 2014


When architects and spouses Karen Jelnes and Peter Hoffmann got the opportunity to buy an allotment garden, they jumped at the chance. They chose to remove the existing house to design their own summer home, and for two years they spent their weekends and holidays building a small house on their garden plot.

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August 2, 2014   Comments Off

Food-Producing Landscapes: Principles of Design


Food producing landscapes are more controversial than your typical landscape project.

By Brian Barth
Land 8
July 17, 2014


1) Use hardscape features to create aesthetic definition.

The clean lines of paths, patios, fences, raised beds, retaining walls, arbors, trellises and pergolas can all be used to create order out what can sometimes be a chaotic and cluttered plantscape. Fruit trees espaliered along a rigid structure (i.e. wood or wires) or a turning a hillside into a terraced vineyard are examples.

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July 26, 2014   Comments Off

Andrea Reynosa planted a 6,000-square-foot field with clover in Brooklyn


Artists Probe Urban Agriculture

By Allison Meier
July 1, 2014


In collaboration with Smack Mellon’s FOODshed, Alloy real estate development, and Brooklyn Grange, artist Andrea Reynosa planted a 6,000-square-foot field with clover that is sprouting red flowers alongside the Manhattan Bridge. The space was formerly a parking lot. The flourish of vibrancy is temporary, but Reynosa is planning that through the clover, a site that might otherwise be an empty construction lot will have life that will in turn ameliorate the soil before a condominium moves in.

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July 19, 2014   Comments Off

Why Landscape Architects Stopped Specifying Edible Plants (And Why They Have Started Again)

AndrewFarmerClick on image for larger file. By Andrew Farmer.

A ‘crop’ makes an urban landscape more complicated to manage and maintain.

By Brian Barth
Land 8
July 4, 2014


In the 150 years that landscape architecture has been formally recognized as a profession, there has existed a gulf of separation between our discipline and agriculture. Even though plants, soil, and people are fundamental to each field, the former focuses on aesthetics and the structural functions of human settlements (drainage, access and circulation, integration with the built environment, etc.), while the latter is centered on the process of cultivating edible species for consumption. Recently, however, there are signs of integration between the two disciplines and landscape architects are now being challenged to adopt new methods to mitigate the discord between them.

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July 16, 2014   Comments Off

University of California launches urban agriculture website


“We’ll also share stories about urban farms around California and news around the state about urban agriculture policies and initiatives,”

By Pamela Kan-Rice
UC California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
July 2, 2014


As local food has gained popularity, more city folks are growing food in their own backyards. Now they have a new online resource to consult about urban farming. The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has launched a website to provide practical, science-based information for urban agriculture.

At the website at, visitors will find information on raising livestock, crop production, marketing and policies for farming in their backyards, on a few acres, at a school or in a community setting.

Rachel Surls, a UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Los Angeles County, and a team including UCCE farm advisors, policy and advocacy experts, urban planners, agricultural economists and others created the new urban agriculture website in response to the results of a UC survey of urban farmers in California.

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July 5, 2014   Comments Off