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HydroGarden assists The University of Nottingham in new food and energy research

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The VydroFarm system at The University of Nottingham’s Creative Energy Homes Project (left to right) Stephen Fry, commercial sales manager, HydroGarden; PhD student Matthew Woodward; Professor Mark Gillott, The University of Nottingham.

Two of HydroGarden’s vertical hydroponic systems have been installed in the University’s ‘Creative Energy Homes Project’.

By Sarah Jelly at HydroGarden
May 2015

The University of Nottingham is embarking on an exciting new hydroponics research project with the help of Coventry-based hydroponics experts, HydroGarden, as part of its investigations into new concepts for energy efficient food secure future living.

The project will be supervised by Professor Mark Gillott and undertaken by Matthew Woodward, an undergraduate student on the B.Eng Hons Architecture Environment Engineering Programme at The University of Nottingham’s Department of Architecture and Built Environment.

It will investigate the differences in the energy used by a hydroponic system with only LED lighting, and one that utilises a mixture of natural and artificial lighting sources. The work will consider the impact of these different growing environments on the growth and production of the plants.

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May 13, 2015   No Comments

Innovative Community Urban Agriculture project in the heart of Hull, UK

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The farms purpose is to reconnect city residents with food, improve knowledge and understanding of where the food comes from.

Excerpt from their website:

Rooted in Hull is an urban agriculture concept based on a farm in a box. We are in the process of turning that concept into reality.

Our plan is to create a unique micro farming enterprise in the heart of the City of Hull, a city with no permanent land available.

We are designing the project to be structurally mobile and self sufficient. Mobility is an essential part of the project allowing it to make the most of vacant development sites in the area as an “in the meantime” site use.

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May 12, 2015   No Comments

Kim Wilde: ‘Horticulture gave me back my life.

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Gardens are always the first place I go to regenerate’.

The singer is leading an appeal for the charity Thrive, which uses the therapy of horticulture

By Jane Merrick
The Independent
19 April 2015

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The Eighties pop star Kim Wilde has revealed how gardening helped her through bouts of anxiety and to restore “balance” after a turbulent time in the music business.

In a BBC appeal for the charity Thrive, which helps people with physical disabilities and mental health issues through gardening therapy, Wilde says: “Horticulture really brought me back to life. Gardens are always the first place I go to regenerate … they are a complete sensory experience.”

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April 28, 2015   Comments Off on Kim Wilde: ‘Horticulture gave me back my life.

GroCycle Online Course Will Bring Network of Mushroom Growers

Step-by-step instructions to turn anyone into a used coffee ground mushroom farmer

We decided to bring this ultra eco-friendly idea to the rest of the world with our GroCycle Online course. People from 15 countries have already joined us. It’s the first DIY program that gives step-by-step instructions to turn anyone into a used coffee ground mushroom farmer! We recently rolled out our Kickstarter campaign and received an amazing response from all over the world.

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March 30, 2015   Comments Off on GroCycle Online Course Will Bring Network of Mushroom Growers

City Bees Are Actually More Diverse Than Country Bees

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Other pollinators don’t like urban areas as much as rural, but bees live in similar numbers across different landscapes

By Marissa Fessenden
Smithsonian.com
February 12, 2015

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Katherine Baldock, of the University of Bristol, surveyed pollinator abundance across 36 different sites that spanned farmland, nature reserves and urban areas. Her team counted honey bees, bumble bees and other flying pollinators. The group found that each area had about the same amount of total pollinators. Even though urban areas might not seem like the ideal place for flower-loving bees, those landscapes held more diverse bee species, though the other pollinators were less diverse and numerous. Baldock and her colleagues published their findings in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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February 24, 2015   Comments Off on City Bees Are Actually More Diverse Than Country Bees

Bessie, The Psychiatrist Who Finds Peace Of Mind At Stepney City Farm

Today the film goes live on ‘1000 Londoners’ – Bessie, Londoner #65

Directed by Ross Dickson
1000 Londoners
Feb 2015
(Must see. Mike)

“In my day job I’m a psychiatrist. There’s an overlap – sometimes when I’m at work and I’m with people that I’m supposed to be treating with medication and so forth, I say to them ‘have you got a local city farm?’ ” Bessie, Trustee at Stepney City Farm

Bessie moved to London from Adelaide about 20 years ago, and began working in social work with rough sleepers. She is now a psychiatrist and is also a Trustee on the board at Stepney City farm.

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February 12, 2015   Comments Off on Bessie, The Psychiatrist Who Finds Peace Of Mind At Stepney City Farm

Urban agriculture is bringing food production back into our cities

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We’re about to see a lot more growing of produce in our cities as urban farming steps in to help boost global food production

By Ryan McChrystal
Elite Business Magazine
07 January 2015.

Excerpt:

GrowUp started off by building a prototype demonstration farm – the GrowUp Box – 18 months ago following a successful Kickstarter campaign. It consists of a greenhouse above a shipping container where the fish live. “We set up first of all because we wanted to have something up and running to show people that food can be grown in cities using aquaponics.”

Originally built at London Bridge, the box moved to Stratford as part of a bigger project called Roof East – formerly an empty rooftop carpark, now a haven for food lovers. “Since December last year, we have been working on the business model for scaling aquaponic urban farming to a commercial model in cities like London, looking at the different operation models and at some variations in production systems,” says Hofman.

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January 25, 2015   Comments Off on Urban agriculture is bringing food production back into our cities

Guerrilla Gardening Research

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How would you feel if a piece of disused land or a neglected urban space, such as a grass verge or roundabout, was suddenly made into a productive veg patch or pretty flower field?

Shropshire Star
Dec 24, 2014

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Professor Larkham, associate head of Birmingham City University’s School of the Built Environment, says: “Guerrilla gardening is an international phenomenon. Those involved take part for a number of reasons, from brightening up their neighbourhoods to using gardening as a form of political protest.

“The land they are targeting is quite varied. It seem to range from traffic roundabouts and roadside grass verges to bits of land that one planner once called SLOP – Space Left Over after Planning – to derelict sites, unused patches of land which are clearly in somebody’s ownership but aren’t in any sort of productive use.

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January 7, 2015   Comments Off on Guerrilla Gardening Research

‘Smart urban farmers’ at Grow Bristol, UK

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Project founders Dermot O’Regan and Peter Whiting.

The project grows vegetables using a system based on aquaponic techniques

By Katie Pavid
The Bristol Post
November 06, 2014

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One of the groups who have been nominated is Grow Bristol, an urban farming venture.

The team are developing and demonstrating innovative and sustainable ways of growing food in the city spaces of Bristol for the benefit of everyone who lives here.

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November 18, 2014   Comments Off on ‘Smart urban farmers’ at Grow Bristol, UK

Carrots among the concrete: the role of urban agriculture

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Beehives at Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin.

Another key to making urban agriculture economically viable, according to André, is its being seen as an integral part of closed loop systems using urban waste for compost and nutrition.

By Rob Hopkins
Transition Network
Oct 21, 2014

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In order to weave urban agriculture, and its potential, into our discussions this month on ‘Reimagining Real Estate’, who better to talk to than André Viljoen and Katrin Bohn, architects, academics and authors of the recently published Second Nature Urban Agriculture; designing productive cities? Their first book, Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs), published in 2004, put the idea of urban agriculture onto the agenda of the architectural profession. Things have changed a lot since then. I caught up with them by Skype a few weeks ago. As André told me, the reception when 10 years ago they first suggested to publishers a book on urban agriculture was “agriculture? We do architecture!”

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November 4, 2014   Comments Off on Carrots among the concrete: the role of urban agriculture

10-year National Pollinator Strategy in England: New measures to protect pollinators

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The government has made an agreement with landowners including Network Rail and the Highways Agency to restore bee-friendly habitat throughout England.

By Victoria Gill
Science reporter, BBC News
Nov 3, 2014

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To make space across an increasingly urban landscape for insects, the government has secured commitments from landowners including Network Rail and the Highways Agency, which has agreed to undertake work to “enhance the grassland” on its verges.

Mr Shardlow pointed out that these pollinator-friendly urban spaces were vital and he encouraged the public to help.

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November 4, 2014   Comments Off on 10-year National Pollinator Strategy in England: New measures to protect pollinators

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

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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
smithsonian.com
September 22, 2014

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

Roaming city farm on derelict Hull sites aims to combat food poverty in UK

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Grand Design: An artist’s impression of how the farm could look.

“Empty land doesn’t do anything for the aesthetic of the city and our idea is to use these derelict spaces to create something that will add value.”

By Hull Daily Mail
October 08, 2014

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The mobile farm will be housed in ship containers that reflect Hull’s shipping heritage, which can be easily moved to different locations around the city.

Mark said: “The concept is simple – we build a temporary site on unused land and if a developer wants the site back, we can simply pick it up and shift it to a new home.”

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October 18, 2014   Comments Off on Roaming city farm on derelict Hull sites aims to combat food poverty in UK

United Kingdom farm park attracts 100,000 visitors a year, with city dwellers learning about agriculture

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The thing about opening up your farm to the public, is that sometimes raising livestock isn’t as picture perfect as city dwellers think.

By Laura Poole
ABC Australia
Oct 3, 2014

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Farmers know that sometimes new born lambs will die.

Despite the home truths, lambing time at Cotswold Farm Park in England, is one of its most popular times for visitors to come through the gates.

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October 11, 2014   Comments Off on United Kingdom farm park attracts 100,000 visitors a year, with city dwellers learning about agriculture

The allotment holder, Bristol

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Pete Clee: ‘I’ve had my plot for 30 years.’ Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Guardian.

Pete Clee: ‘Experienced and lazy is my gardening style. I know what I don’t have to do’

By Lia Leendertz
The Guardian
6 September 2014

Excerpt:

I’ve had my plot for 30 years, and walk around the other plots here most mornings, so I’ve always known what’s going on. I would report problems to the secretary and eventually someone said, “Why don’t you join the committee?” I said, “Because you’re a load of old codgers!” – they were pretty clueless and unwelcoming, the old guard: dig for victory types. They frowned on women having plots.

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October 2, 2014   Comments Off on The allotment holder, Bristol