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Today, the Rotterdam Food Bank garden offers more than 3,000 residents access to healthier choices.
By Rachel Keeton
City officials and residents have come together to create one of the most coherent, citywide urban agriculture programs in Europe. The municipal government has made food production a priority, facilitating private initiatives through its generous regulations and open-minded approach to creative strategies. The city believes that urban agriculture offers multiple benefits: local food production encourages social interaction, increases public green space, mitigates the urban heat-island effect and strengthens biodiversity. Reduced transport distances lower net production of carbon dioxide, and innovative practices inspire others to get on board.
December 1, 2013 No Comments
‘It’s a big hope for everybody in the industry that this is going to make a garden boom time again.’
By Lucy Crossley
17 November 2013
The Great British Bake Off inspired thousands of viewers to dust off their oven mitts.
And now the BBC is hoping a new gardening show – called Grow, Make, Eat: The Great Allotment Challenge – will do for cabbages and cucumbers what Bake Off did for pies and pastries.
Presented by Fern Britton, the six-part series is expected to air on BBC Two in early 2014.
November 22, 2013 No Comments
A short video of a Dutch allotment garden (in Dutch)
International Congress of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners 2014 in Utrecht – The Netherlands.
The congress of the Office International du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux will be held from 28 till 30 August 2014. The Dutch federation, AVVN, will organize this congress. Delegates from 15 countries, representing over 3 million families, will visit Utrecht and discuss the developments and trends in allotment and leisure gardening.
November 18, 2013 Comments Off
“When Plotters Meet’ by Caitlin O’Brian DeSilvey
By Caitlin O’Brian DeSilvey
Masters of Science Geography
University of Edinburgh 2001
(Must read. Mike)
During the twentieth century, Edinburgh allotment holders engaged in repeated efforts to defend their gardens against competing land uses. Allotment movement appeals for security of tenure and municipal investment mobilized different strategic representations of allotments’ functional and symbolic value. This thesis traces five interwoven narrative strands, which represent coexisting – but often conflicting – versions of the allotment. These strands of meaning and motive cohere around the following themes: poor-relief and social reform; recreation and leisure; urban ecology and town planning; land rights activism; and, patriotic national self-provisioning. Parliamentary allotment inquiries in 1921 and 2001 bracket my analysis thematically and chronologically.
November 17, 2013 Comments Off
Thousands of people are facing waiting lists of up to nine years for a local authority allotment, the Scottish Greens have said.
Oct 20, 2013
There were 2,773 people in Edinburgh on the local authority allotment waiting list.
In Aberdeen the figure was 279, while in Dundee it was 340 people.
Glasgow City Council said it did not have its own waiting lists and Highland Council did not respond to the request, the Greens said.
November 5, 2013 Comments Off
“Land is being treated as a dead body. We should be using our land to re-create local economy, and to give families a chance to eat healthy foods.”
By Anna Watson Carl
Wall Street Journal
Oct. 10, 2013
Friends also thought he was crazy, toiling away in his gardener’s hat, and they nicknamed him “Le Prince Jardinier” ( The Gardener Prince ). The name stuck. Soon he created a line of handmade gardening tools, clothing and furniture emblazoned with his nickname and embellished with a trowel and a straw hat. Originally carried by high-end stores like Bergdorf Goodman, today the line is sold at La Bourdaisière’s gardening boutique and on the ground floor of Deyrolle.
October 30, 2013 Comments Off
Tasting unusual beetroot varieties with Rewe Verstraeten [L] Mardi Roberts of Ridgeview and chef Rob Carr of Hotel du Vin at Rotterdam City Farm. Currently producing herb,fruit, mushroom and vegetable crops as well as free range chickens the farm is soon to introduce aquaponic fish farming which will rear fish in a sustainable and symbiotic environment with existing produce. Photo ©Julia Claxton
The free Range chickens are temporarily confined indoors as a live urban fox has been raiding them.
By Julia Claxton
A rather wet day for the Brighton & Hove Food Festival ICEx team, with visiting chef Rob Carr of the Hotel du Vin, to visit Uit Je Eigen Stad [From Your Own Town], an urban farm in the industrial/harbour area of Rotterdam. Nevertheless the tour was a delightful graze through interesting and unusual varieties of produce grown specifically for their superior flavour. The tour was guided by the farm’s Rewe Verstraeten whose in depth knowledge of the cultivation, culinary and environmental aspects of the farm kept everyone enthused despite the damp.
October 21, 2013 Comments Off
To ensure that sufficient funding is available to run this National treasure.
To: Camden Council, Boris Johnson.
Why is this important?
Over the past 40 years Kentish Town City Farm has been a focal point for the whole local community. In 1972 a team of volunteers, farm workers and architects worked together to develop the site. Throughout its history, The Farm has been a vital resource for the physical and mental health of the residents of Camden and indeed London. It has hosted a range of different community events, from pop up art stalls to pony riding and free gardening lessons.
October 20, 2013 Comments Off
The smaller two other domes serve as greenhouses for gardening and growing fruit and vegetable, so the owners can enjoy their own fresh produce almost all year long.
The Invisible Garden House is an original structure that is designed to extend the summer in the northern temperate zone. Using sun as the only source of energy, this environmentally friendly concept is meant to be used for recreation or plant growing. The Invisible garden gives you the opportunity of being in your own bubble! Made of three bubble-like transparent polycarbonate domes, the pilot project was built in a private garden north of Copenhagen. The residents of the house get to spend more time in their garden and enjoy gardening and growing vegetables all year round.
October 17, 2013 Comments Off
Meantime Brewing planted hundreds of plants, which will be used to engage the urban population in the making process.
By Emma Hutchings
October 2, 2013
London craft brewer Meantime Brewing planted hundreds of hop plants around the city, in sites ranging from royal parks to the rooftops of local pubs. The hops are now being harvested to make the city’s first “crowdsourced beer” that will represent the true flavor of London and hopefully engage people with the art of British brewing.
October 11, 2013 Comments Off
“Although these are positive results, it is too early to conclude that all urban agriculture projects in the Netherlands can be run profitably.”
By Applied Plant Research
Report Published Sept. 2013
In Dutch with some English, 101 page
Urban agriculture always generates a great deal of enthusiasm. However, many people wonder what the ultimate benefits are. To clarify this issue, researchers from Wageningen UR have produced, together with Witteveen+Bos consultancy, a social cost-benefit analysis (SCBA) for three urban agriculture projects.
The researchers analysed three cases: an existing project, “Food Garden Rotterdam” and the plans for “Regional development De Nieuwe Warande Tilburg” and “Hazennest Farm” in Tilburg. The analysis revealed a large number of social benefits such as: health benefits for the volunteers due to a healthier lifestyle, improved liveability (because of the recreational possibilities), more pleasurable living and more job opportunities.
October 9, 2013 Comments Off
The system will provide 60kg of fish and 120kg of vegetables annually.
In a presentation given by Dr Valentini Pappa, an SRUC researcher currently working with Zurich University of Applied Science, the possibilities and practicalities of urban farming were explored. Dr Pappa’s team helped develop a £500,000 aquaponic farm on a rooftop in the city of Basel in Switzerland with the aim of studying how successful the system could be.
Aquaponic farms combine fish breeding and vegetable growing in a no soil hydroponic system. They produce little to no waste, require minimal fertilisers or pesticides and can produce crops throughout the year.
October 2, 2013 Comments Off
Visiting A City Farm For Urban Food Fortnight
By Food Urchin
Great British Chefs
17 September 2013
Situated on a former bomb site, Stepney City Farm has been operating as a community farm in London’s East End since 1979, albeit with limited success and in 2009 it faced closure. Luckily, some local residents stepped in with a renewed focus and set up the farm with charity status. With no amount of hard work and an injection of cash from the National Lottery, the farm is now fully functional with lofty plans for the future.
Grazing on its four acres there are chickens, donkeys, ducks, ferrets, geese, Guinea pigs, sheep, pigs, quails, rabbits, cows and goats.
October 2, 2013 Comments Off
The TomTato produces more than 500 cherry tomatoes and a generous crop of potatoes.
A bizarre plant which produces both tomatoes and potatoes, providing a ‘veg plot in a pot’, has been launched in the UK.
By Leah Hyslop
25 Sep 2013
It sounds like something from a science fiction film, but a plant which produces both potatoes and tomatoes has been launched in the UK.
The ‘TomTato’ can grow more than 500 sweet cherry tomatoes above ground, while beneath the soil it produces white potatoes that are suitable for boiling, roasting or turning into chips.
September 26, 2013 Comments Off
Comparative Analysis of Biogas Slurry and Urine as Sustainable Nutrient Sources for Hydroponic Vertical Farming
Thesis by Vlad A. Dumitrescu
Master’s programme Science for Sustainable Development
Water and Environmental Studies Department of Thematic Studies Linköping University
For my thesis I conducted research for Plantagon, the Swedish company aiming to build a large scale vertical hydroponic greenhouse in the city of Linköping. I looked at sustainable nutrient sources for hydroponics, namely biogas slurry and urine.
Sustainable alternatives to using mined nutrients in agriculture must be found in order to limit environmental impacts such as eutrophication, habitat destruction and greenhouse gas emissions. Biogas slurry and urine recycled to hydroponic food production (a type of soilless agriculture) have the potential of providing inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus, the main essential nutrients required for plant growth. A Life Cycle Inventory Assessment (LCI) methodology has been used to compare the systems of producing artificial fertilizer, biogas slurry and urine based nutrient solutions for the growth of Brassica rapa L. (Chinese cabbage) in the context of a large scale hydroponic vertical farm.
September 21, 2013 Comments Off