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‘Potager urbain’ – Urban Food Gardens

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Book in French on city farming

de Nicolas Bel (Auteur)
Relié: 288 pages
Editeur : Hachette Pratique (20 août 2014)

Excerpt from Brooklyn Grange article:

In addition to being the founder of Topager, Nicolas is also the author of the book on French urban ag (Potager Urbain), and an academic researcher at AgroParisTech (from what I gather, the French equivalent of Cornell’s College of Agriculture) and the farm I visited was essentially his data collection facility. At this particular location, he studies every measurable variable. First, he blended several soil mixes side-by-side to measure their productivity and health.

He also captures runoff via a simple “out spout” which drains into gallon water bottles, from which he collects samples on a regular basis. His methodology is incredibly thorough and it was exhilarating to meet such a focused and serious practitioner of our incredibly unique type of cultivation. We have a lot to learn from Nicolas and his colleagues at Topager, and only through an open exchange of information can we pioneers truly make progress.

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February 26, 2015   No Comments

City Bees Are Actually More Diverse Than Country Bees

beeredA honeybee visits a flower in Bath, England (Nick Upton).

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

Excerpt:

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   No Comments

Practical guide ‘Rooftop greenhouses’

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English edition just published

ZFarming
Feb 2015

The practical guide on the idea, planning and implementation of rooftop greenhouses entitled “There’s something growing on the roof” has now been translated into English. It has been produced on the basis of the comprehensive and professional knowledge-output of the three-year research project “ZFarm – Urban Agriculture of the Future”.

It can either be used as an inspiration for developing ideas of rooftop farming, or it can even serve as practical assistance for planning and implementing a concrete greenhouse project.

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February 17, 2015   No Comments

Update 23 – Resource Centre /Urban Agriculture/Food Security (RUAF)

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RUAF Update 23 – Feb 2015

Excerpt:

Ongoing activities
• GROW the City Cafés in the Netherlands
• UA Enterprise development in India
• Promoting market oriented urban agriculture in Gaza
• Urban food mapping and WASH in Burkina Faso and Ghana
• WASH progress in Nepal and Bangladesh and the World Water Day

New projects
• Urban Green Education for Enterprising Agricultural Innovation
• Support to the City of Milan and other cities in urban food planning
• Developing tools for mapping and assessing sustainable city region food systems
• Supporting enterprises for urban waste recycling for food production

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February 16, 2015   Comments Off

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

Hortis – Europe: Berlin, Budapest, Bologna, Cartagena


A documentary about e.u. Hortis project. Community gardens in Berlin, dancing gardens in Bologna, a wide range of different green experiences in Spain and Hungary (Budapest).

Horticulture in towns for inclusion and socialization

Urban allotments, gardens in the peripheries, reconcile man with the nature.

The small urban gardens for horticultural purposes are widespread in Europe and have similar origins everywhere, linked to food production. Urban gardening activities can encourage lifelong learning among adults by fostering the acquisition of key competences that are fundamental for each individual in a knowledge-based society.
HORTIS will organize gardening courses and “green” events in each partner city.

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February 2, 2015   Comments Off

First urban farm in Ghent, Belgium

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The Ghent non-profit De Sleutel, which helps drug addicts get their lives back on track, has already agreed to take care of the chicken coop and the egg distribution.

Urban farming…in the city center. Across the street from one of the city’s biggest traffic spots is an urban farm, the city’s first. Opened this past April, the farm invites families to feed chickens, pick flowers, and enjoy the rural lifestyle in the city.

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December 24, 2014   Comments Off

Agnès Joly chosen by the city of Paris to develop aquaponic gardening

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Agnès Joly, who has been chosen by the city of Paris to develop aquaponic gardening as part of a plan to promote urban farming and innovative green spaces, explains her farm to my friend, Nathalie.

In her above-ground garden, Agnes is tending three separate plant beds, each devoted to a different form of urban gardening, all thriving without soil.

By Honicker
News Item
Nov 30, 2014

Excerpt:

In Belleville Park at La Maison de l’air, “the House of Air,” a modern structure with a glass facade, where visitors can learn about atmospheric conditions in Paris, I meet Agnes Joly, an agricultural engineer. To explain her work to us, she takes time off from tending her aquaponic garden, a long row of above-ground edible plants fertilized by dozens of gold fish swimming in a pool at the garden’s base.

Founder of Joly Mer (mer means sea), Agnes has been chosen by the city of Paris to develop aquaponic gardening as part of a plan to promote urban farming and innovative green spaces.

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December 5, 2014   Comments Off

Vienna, Austria has added 530 hectares (1,310 acres) of fields and forests since WW2

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A mangalitsa piglet costing 250 euros can fetch as much as 10,000 euros when served in Vienna’s finest restaurants, according to Christoph Wiesner.

After his election in 1994, Mayor Michael Haeupl expanded urban-farming initiatives that took root in the 1980s.

By Jonathan Tirone
Bloomburg
Nov 25, 2014

Excerpt:

After his election in 1994, Mayor Michael Haeupl expanded urban-farming initiatives that took root in the 1980s. A biologist who worked at the Natural History Museum before jumping into politics, he added tracts zoned for organic farming and leased them to small businesses, turning the city into one of Austria’s biggest vegetable producers.

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November 26, 2014   Comments Off

Norwegian TV Show: “Farmer in the City”

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Farmers attempt to teach urban families how respect for agriculture can make their lives better

TBI Vision
The show: Farmer in the City
The producer: Strix Television
The distributor: DRG Formats
The broadcaster: TV2 (Norway)
(Must see. Mike)

Farmer in the City follows three farmers as they enter cities to meet families with “terrible” attitudes to good food and healthy living. Gardens and fridges are investigated before the farmer sets the family tasks such as creating a chicken coop or growing their own food, with a larger task following. Later, the farmer returns to see if the intervention has led to lasting change.

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November 25, 2014   Comments Off

A Swiss firm has unveiled what it says is Europe’s largest urban farming project

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Large-scale urban farming project developed in the Hague

Horticulture Week
Nov 14, 2014

UrbanFarmers of Zurich launched the EUR2.6m (£2m) UF De Schilde project on the roof and top floor of a 12-storey former TV and telephone factory in the Hague, the Netherlands. It consists of a 1,200sq m greenhouse for vegetable growing, a 300sq m indoor fish farm and a 250sq m indoor hydroponic production facility incorporating LED lighting.

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November 19, 2014   Comments Off

‘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

Excerpt:

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

Urban Gardening Course – Curso de Huertos Urbanos

malagaHuerto compartido en Málaga (I.B. /IPS)

Online Course in Spanish

November 24 begins the edition IV of the course of Urban Gardening organized by the the University Pablo de Olavide, Seville (Spain).

This course is in Spanish and entirely online, therefore it is possible to do from any place of the world. A good way to learn about the Urban Gardens!

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November 17, 2014   Comments Off

Israelis Bring Better Salad to Berlin

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InFarm’s founders (from left) Erez Galonska, Osnat Michaeli and Guy Galonska, standing in the lab.

This summer, InFarm raised more than 25 thousand Euros in a crowd-funding campaign, enabling the start-up to continue with its mission.

By Yermi Brenner
Jewish Daily Forward
Nov 3, 2014

Excerpt:

The lettuce sold in supermarkets near my home in the German capital comes mostly from Spain, which means it travels over a thousand miles before reaching my salad bowl.

InFarm, a Berlin-based urban agriculture start-up founded by a group of Israelis, is experimenting with an alternative that is more environmentally friendly, healthier and tastier. Guy Galonska, co-founder of InFarm, guides me through the start-up’s laboratory — a climate-controlled space where a variety of greens and herbs are growing.

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November 10, 2014   Comments Off

Is there a future for Krakovo gardens in Ljubljana, Slovenia?

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Gardens in the Krakovo district. Photo by E. Kase.

Only twenty years ago the Krakovo gardens were an important source of fresh vegetable for town people in Ljubljana.

By Katja Vadnal, Marijana Jakše, Vesna Ali? and Danica Jereb-Bolka
Field Actions Science Reports
Special Issue 1 2010

Abstract:

Urban agriculture is more or less marginalized within the theory, as well as within the conceptualization of sustainable development for Slovene towns. The spatial development plan of Ljubljana reflects the situation: permanent and temporary locations for gardens are to be situated all over the town, but there is no place for them in the inner city centre, in visually exposed sites, or near areas of cultural heritage. Yet, in the very inner centre of Ljubljana, 1.8 ha of allotment gardens are protected as cultural heritage. Therefore the case of these gardens, known as the Krakovo gardens, was used to discuss the perspective of urban agriculture in Ljubljana.

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November 6, 2014   Comments Off