Category — England
It’s really interesting to think about how forest systems work and how urban societies can learn from them
By Lucy Lovell
September 21, 2015
After previewing at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival this month, the farm will take a permanent home in the city centre and supply local restaurants with organic shiitake mushrooms, going from farm to fork within 24 hours.
Waste from the farm is being used as a nutrient for a forest garden in the Blackfriars area of Salford, just north of Manchester. The garden is a managed forest ecosystem informed by Walsh’s years of studying forest systems in Africa.
September 27, 2015 Comments Off on Manchester’s first inner city mushroom farm
More than 600 volunteers had come together in the decade before the farm’s creation to find a suitable site for the urban farm
By Emma Bartholomew
11 September 2015
“We are in contact with the volunteer who led that movement, and the original farm manager, we have recordings of them, we want that to be at the archives so future generations can see how community action created the farm in the 80s.
“I think that kind of thing was much more usual and possible in the 80s because there were people who were able to and who did give their time because they felt that was important.
September 20, 2015 Comments Off on £10,000 Grant to Archive Thousands of Photos, Slides And Film Footage Of Hackney City Farm History
UK Green Party leader Natalie Bennett visits site and supports the project
Sept 3, 2015
Oxford City Farm, off Cornwallis Road in Cowley, is being built for those living in the city who may have never seen a working farm, or have learned where food comes from.
The farm’s steering group plans to turn the once-derelict site into an innovative community space, and is submitting a planning application to Oxford City Council this week.
September 13, 2015 Comments Off on Educational farm in Oxford, UK about to open
A farm isn’t a farm without animals, and at Vauxhall City Farm they have plenty.
By Kate Gould
Surrey Docks Farm is a working city farm occupying a 2.2 acre site on the Thames Path in Rotherhithe. It is open seven days a week and is free to get in.
Animals reared on the farm include a herd of goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys, bees and donkeys.
August 7, 2015 Comments Off on Farm Animals at City Farms in London, England
A documentary made for the heritage project by the young filmaker, Joe Dickie.
By the late 60’s some people were taking over vacant properties and doing the repairs themselves. The squatting movement was born, and with it, the roots of Kentish Town City Farm.
In 1972, a local organization called Inter-Action rented a house, a cottage and part of the disused timber yard known as Gloster Parquet – now the site of Kentish Town City Farm. They found, tucked behind the terrace houses, the remains of a complex of buildings surrounded by yards of overgrown weeds that backed onto the railway. The buildings included stables, a workshop, a store house and steel framed hangars. Local businessmen donated building materials and equipment worth over £5000. A team of volunteers, youth workers, farm workers and Inter-Action’s architects and builders converted the stables and buildings into a farm, riding school and gardens.
July 30, 2015 Comments Off on Kentish Town City Farm in London began in 1972
The Mayor Boris Johnson said: “This is a fine example of the dynamic startups that are helping London lead the world in green business innovation. I want even more entrepreneurs to help create these brilliant concepts that are delivering thousands of jobs and boosting London’s green economy to almost £30 billion a year.
By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
29 Jun 2015
Phase one crops include pea shoots, several varieties of radish, mustard, coriander, Red Amaranth, celery, parsley and rocket.
“Our first shoots will be delivered to the surface in the next few weeks”, said co-founder Richard Ballard. “After eighteen months of research, development, growing trials – and tribulations – we’re about to start supplying into the market.”
July 8, 2015 Comments Off on London’s first underground farm opens in WW2 air raid shelter
Feature documentary looking at the latest science about the health benefits of children re-connecting with nature
“I think that city farms could play a massive part in future health!”
By Toni Harman,
Producer / Director, A Probiotic Life
As well as the general point about the need for our children to reconnect with nature, the film explores the latest science that suggests young children could really benefit from being more exposed to more farm microbes.
We recently returned from filming on an Amish farm in Indiana where the children have remarkably low rates of asthma and allergies – the scientists hypothesise that a diet of locally sourced organic food plus the children being exposed to the microbes from farm animals from a very young age – these could be conferring considerable health benefits for the Amish children.
July 1, 2015 Comments Off on Feature documentary looking at the latest science about the health benefits of children re-connecting with nature
I helped out for several years on an allotment owned by a neighbour who didn’t have time to use her full plot.
By Tess Riley
May 25, 2015
In 2013, Growhampton was one of 25 student union projects to be helped financially by the National Union of Students (NUS), as part of their students’ green fund. Growhampton combines training, volunteering and education in food growing for students at the University of Roehampton. It manages the Hive, an ethical cafe constructed from two former shipping containers and upcycled furniture.
June 6, 2015 Comments Off on UK university students learn to grow food
The Oxford City Farm group is one of 19 charities, groups and organisations from Oxfordshire trying to get the money from Aviva.
By Alex Wynick,
May 225, 2015
The farm steering group, which is planning the farm for a site off Cornwallis Road, Cowley, has more than 4,000 votes so far.
Chairwoman Lucie Mayer said: “We want to transform the currently derelict farm site into a beautiful, innovative, inclusive, thriving and free to enter community space.
“This project is about bringing farming and a wide range of associated social and educational opportunities to the heart of East Oxford.
June 4, 2015 Comments Off on Group working to set up Oxford’s first city farm – UK
His Edible Map of Newcastle is “a guide to help visualise a city where fruit, vegetables, livestock, fish, bees and other food sources could flourish and be nurtured in streets, empty rooftops and under-used open spaces”.
By David Whetstone
28 May 2015
Another important contributor to the project was Mikey Tomkins, an academic researcher, artist and consultant in urban sustainability and urban agriculture.
For his doctorate, Mikey looked at community food gardens on London housing estates. Currently he is working as a consultant in the United States and Uganda, developing urban agriculture projects with poor communities, especially among refugees.
May 29, 2015 Comments Off on Newcastle, UK envisages a future where food is produced on urban rooftops and green spaces
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
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.
May 13, 2015 Comments Off on HydroGarden assists The University of Nottingham in new food and energy research
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.
May 12, 2015 Comments Off on Innovative Community Urban Agriculture project in the heart of Hull, UK
The singer is leading an appeal for the charity Thrive, which uses the therapy of horticulture
By Jane Merrick
19 April 2015
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.”
April 28, 2015 Comments Off on Kim Wilde: ‘Horticulture gave me back my life.
Step-by-step instructions to turn anyone into a used coffee ground mushroom farmer
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March 30, 2015 Comments Off on GroCycle Online Course Will Bring Network of Mushroom Growers
Other pollinators don’t like urban areas as much as rural, but bees live in similar numbers across different landscapes
By Marissa Fessenden
February 12, 2015
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.
February 24, 2015 Comments Off on City Bees Are Actually More Diverse Than Country Bees