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10 Urban Agriculture Projects in Paris, France

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Le jardin partagé est créé à l’initiative d’habitants qui désirent jardiner ensemble dans un lieu convivial. Pour aider les porteurs de projet, le Centre ressource pour les jardiniers urbains (Maison du jardinage – parc de Bercy – paris 12e) anime des rencontres et des ateliers d’information.

Le Semis Urbain (The Urban Seed) is a community garden for children and adults with a mission of teaching residents the basics of sustainable, affordable, and organic gardening.

By P.K. Read
Food Tank
Aug 3, 2014

Excerpt:

There was a time, not so long ago, that the city of Paris was full of urban farms. In fact, beginning in the late 17th century, Paris was not only almost self-sufficient when it came to food production, but urban farmers known as maraîchers (market farmers) developed methods of intensive agriculture that are still used in cities today, according to a study from the Michigan State University Extension. It was only after World War II that agriculture moved permanently out of the city. Paris still relies on local farm produce, much of it from its surrounding green belt of approximately 30 kilometers (18 miles).

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August 15, 2014   Comments Off

Report predicts value of London’s edible gardens at £1.4 million – and counting

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“We know that London can’t feed itself but the aim of this initiative was to see just how much food we can grow…”

Capital Growth
A Sustain Publication
July 2014

London’s food growing gardens and urban farms are producing food worth at least £1.4 million per year, according to a new report published today by Capital Growth, London’s food growing network. Using data collected by a sample of 160 food growing spaces located in community gardens, schools, allotments, parks and farms across the capital, the report shows how veg patches all over London are putting fresh, seasonal and ultra-local food on thousands (and potentially millions) of plates.

The weights of community-grown fruit, vegetables, honey and eggs were recorded by members of the Capital Growth food growing network, which has over 2,000 registered spaces, many based in low-income areas of London. “We know that London can’t feed itself but the aim of this initiative was to see just how much food we can grow, and we have been able to use our innovative online Harvest-ometer tool to record the harvest of a wide range of different growing spaces,” explained Sarah Williams from Capital Growth. “The response has been extremely positive, with about one tenth of our member spaces clocking up over £150,000 of produce during the course of a year, and contributing portions of healthy fruit and veg to over a quarter-of-a-million meals”

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August 13, 2014   Comments Off

An allotment garden house in Denmark

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

By Assia
Living in a Showbox
July 22, 2014

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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

How to Be an Urban Farmer in Norway

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At Bergendal Gård. Photo by Krastina Ilkova.

Oslo has about 20 major urban garden areas with more than 1,000 parcels. The gardens are so popular that a waiting list has about 800 people.

By Krastina Georgieva-Ilkova
Student Reporter
July 24, 2014

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Bergen is the second largest city in Norway after Oslo, the capital, where people often grow their own food on rooftops and in community gardens. The Oslo area is famous for its kolonihager, literally “colony farms,” which are community farms that were established in the early 20th century. Over time, people have built little cabins on their kolonihager parcels, and they defend their rights to their parcels as property. Parsellhager gardens, as the garden parcels are called, are slightly different in that the parcel users are not allowed to construct any buildings, and the land use terms are not as fixed, since the municipality can take back the parsellhager land at any time.

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July 31, 2014   Comments Off

French supermarket introduces lumpy and misshapen fruit and vegetables – sold at a 30% discount – to combat food waste

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Intermarché launched Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables earlier this year to prove that unattractive produce is just as edible

By Martha Cliff
Mail
16 July 2014 |

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The campaign by Intermarché is supported by advertising agency Marcel who, with the help of photographer Patrice de Villiers, produced seven posters starring the unattractive produce to go alongside it.

The posters included images of the grotesque apple, the ridiculous potato, the hideous orange, the failed lemon, the disfigured eggplant, the ugly carrot, and the unfortunate clementine.

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July 17, 2014   Comments Off

Wissen wuchern lassen – Ein Handbuch zum Lernen in urbanen Garten

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“Let knowledge mushroom – Handbook on learning from urban gardens

Herausgegeben von: Severin Halder, Dörte Martens, Gerda Münnich, Andrea Lassalle, Thomas Aenis, Eckhard Schäfer
In German
2014

Focusing on practical answers this handbook assembles various modules for the creation of green learning spaces. At the same time it enables insight into the broad creative experiences of urban gardeners.

Here DIY knowledge of the gardening amateurs from Allmende-Kontor, Prinzessinnengarten and Bürgergarten Laskerwiese meets expert knowledge from the trained gardeners and farmers of Bauerngarten, Peter-Lenné-School and Humboldt University of Berlin. An open knowledge transfer in terms of discussions, seeds, garden map, redworms and recipes takes place.

It’s a compilation of Berlin farmer’s shrewdness, flowery manuals and common banana skins – for everyone looking for how to get the hands really dirty!

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July 10, 2014   Comments Off

The Big Allotment Challenge: The Patch – Grow Make Eat

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By Tessa Evelegh
Hodder & Stoughton
10 April 2014

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is surprisingly easy whatever the size of your garden or allotment. You don’t need to be entirely self-sufficient but there’s nothing more satisfying than being able to harvest your own tomatoes, snip a few leaves from a salad bed or make strawberry jam from home-grown strawberries. And by planting some easy-to-grow flowering plants it’s perfectly possible to have freshly picked cut flowers to decorate your table.

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July 9, 2014   Comments Off

The Guardian – Next-gen urban farms: 10 innovative projects from around the world

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The Farmery, slated to open this fall in an as-yet-undisclosed location, will be an 8,000-square-foot market that will grow its own mushrooms, greens and fruits. Photograph: Amy Edwards/Farmery.

As the ‘buy local’ movement grows, social entrepreneurs find novel ways to make agriculture an integral part of urban life

By Sarah Shemkus
theguardian.com
2 July 2014

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GrowUp Box, London, UK
Beacon Food Forest, Seattle, Washington, US
Pasona Group, Tokyo, Japan
Farmery, North Carolina and TBA, US
Sky Greens, Lim Chu Kang area, Singapore
Brooklyn Grange, Brooklyn, New York, US
Deu Horta Na Telha, São Paulo, Brazil
Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin, Germany
Urban Organics, St. Paul, Minnesota, US
Lufa Farms, Montreal, Canada

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July 3, 2014   Comments Off

Hampton Court Palace’s Kitchen Garden

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The gardens produced horticultural baubles, edible novelties and actual food between 1702 and 1840

By Sandra Lawrence
Londonist
June 12, 2014

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King Hal’s jousting fields were ripped up and turned into six one-acre, up-to-the-minute kitchen gardens. They were given plenty of walls to provide warmth and shelter for tender new delicacies such as apricots and peaches, and plenty of room for Her Majesty’s every other veg-related whim.

Expensive luxuries like potatoes, tomatoes and runner beans. Tender peas, fresh from the pod, not the dried up pebbles that peasants ate. Asparagus, squashes, fancy salad. A lot of fancy salad.

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June 22, 2014   Comments Off

A Conversation With Oscar Rodriguez On Urban Farming

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Oscar Rodriguez, the founder of Architecture & Food, which is a company that works with organizations on building vertical farming.

By Emy Muzzi
Urban Times
June 4, 2014

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Here’s a basic, ‘ridiculous’ calculation: London has 20,000 hectares (200,000,000 sqm) of roofscape, most of it pitched, and a population of 8.2 million people. By retrofitting horticultural greenhouses employing high productivity growing tech with a conservative 40kg/sqm/yr productivity onto half that area (10,000 hectares) you could produce enough to supply 1.3 kg of vegetables per person per day which is 380 percent of the average daily U.K. fruit and vegetable consumption of 350g.

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June 13, 2014   Comments Off

10 Urban Agriculture Projects from Europe’s Greenest City: Freiburg, German

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Gemeinsames gestalten des Mandalas. Photo from Lebensgarten.

Often called the “greenest city in the world” because of its comprehensive public transit, wide array of urban gardens, and innovative recycling infrastructure, Freiburg combines both technology and tradition to provide a powerful vision for the urban world’s future.

By Donald Planey
Food Tank
May 25, 2014

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The Forests of Freiburg

Freiburg is an impressively green city, both politically and literally: The city’s municipal land is 43 percent forestland. More importantly, Freiburg maintains a comprehensive forestry program which integrates this ecosystem into the life of the city itself. As an extension of the neighboring black forest ecosystem, this urban forest blurs the line between the human and natural communities of Freiburg. Timber from the forest provides a powerful economic base for the city, but Freiburg never cuts at unsustainable rates. Also, the wood is often used in local infrastructure projects, which keeps the money from the materials within the local community.

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June 3, 2014   Comments Off

Wedding ring ‘found on carrot’ after 16 years

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A Swedish woman has discovered her wedding ring on a carrot growing in her garden, 16 years after she lost it.

BBC
Dec 31, 2011

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Lena Paahlsson had long ago lost hope of finding the ring, which she designed herself, reports Dagens Nyheter.

The white-gold band, set with seven small diamonds, went missing in her kitchen in 1995, she told the paper.

Although the ring no longer fits, she hopes to have it enlarged so she can wear it again.

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May 7, 2014   Comments Off

‘The Food From Here’ Conference Report

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The conference attracted over 90 delegates representing several different countries

The Food From Here Conference was hosted by the Centre for Agroecology and Food Security (CAFS) at Coventry University on Wednesday 3rd July 2013.

The aim of the conference was to prompt discussion about the policy tools and practical actions that are needed to support short food supply chains and in particular encourage innovation in the light of recent food scares and the consistent interest in sourcing ‘local’ foods. Acknowledging that many cities have developed policies to promote short food chains and that the European Commission is interested in the potential of this sector to improve small farmer incomes and deliver high quality foods, the conference included speakers who could share experiences from a range of European countries.

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May 7, 2014   Comments Off

BBC2’s ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’

The great British rake off! Killer heels, yogic chanting, llama manure – they’re just some of the secret weapons rival gardeners resort to in BBC2’s Big Allotment Challenge

By Nicole Lampert
Daily Mail
4 April 2014

Excerpt:

We’ve had The Great British Bake Off, now it’s what you might call The Great British Rake Off as a new BBC show pits more members of the public – this time gardeners – against each other in the hobby they love.

And The Big Allotment Challenge is not for the weak-willed, insist the competitors – there are plenty of tears among the tomatoes and turnips.

‘This is the tough end of reality television,’ says Edd Curbishley, a Northamptonshire sales manager who competes in the show in partnership with his yoga teacher wife Harshani.

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April 27, 2014   Comments Off

RUAF: Urban Agriculture as a Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy

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RUAF Urban Agriculture Magazine No. 27, March 2014

RUAF-Foundation (International network of Resource centres on Urban Agriculture and Food security)
March 2014

Excerpts:

This issue is prepared with support of the UN Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative. It reports on the joint urban agriculture programme implemented by RUAF and UN Habitat. This issue also shares findings of a CDKN funded innovation project on monitoring urban agriculture impacts on climate change.

Cities and climate change are virtually inseparable. Cities are major contributors to Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and thus climate change.

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April 18, 2014   Comments Off