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Ireland: Bees, spuds and peas: fresh ideas for sustainable urban living

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ireandAndrew Douglas’s Urban Farm project demonstrates just how much can be achieved in small spaces in the city.

Urban Farm is Douglas’s startup that establishes agriculture projects in Dublin.

By Una Mullally
The Irish Times
June 18, 2016

Excerpt:

There are lime trees somewhere in Dublin that inner city bees are having the times of their lives with. Andrew Douglas, of Urban Farm, knows this because the honey the bees make in hives on a rooftop in Dublin 1 tastes citrusy.

“At full summertime, it’s like Heathrow Airport here, a lovely line of direct flight, they fly back in and fly out,” Douglas said, standing atop the roof of Belvedere College as the bees buzz around their hives in the sunshine.

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June 22, 2016   No Comments

Historic, Hidden Gardens Producing Peaches in the Suburbs of Paris

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parpeachThe north-south orientation of the walls and the ability of limestone to trap the sun’s heat provided a few extra degrees of warmth for the fruits, allowing them to flourish farther north than their usual habitat.

At its high point, this area produced upwards of 15 million fruits a year, thanks largely to the murs à pêches, or ‘peach walls’. Established in the 17th century, this clever network — some 500 hectares of walls — helped protect the peach trees from the cold.

By Anna Brones
AtlasObscura
June 16, 2016

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The peaches of Montreuil became famous. They attracted royalty, earned a horticulturalist a prestigious Legion d’Honneur, and spurred an agricultural industry. Yet eventually, urban sprawl engulfed the walls.

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June 21, 2016   No Comments

Learning for Sustainable Agriculture: Urban Gardening in Berlin

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In the last decade Berlin has become a hot spot and the international “capital” of urban gardening: In 2002 there were some eight urban gardens in Germany and none in Berlin, meanwhile (August 2013) there are more than 100 urban gardens in Berlin.

By Stephanie Wunder
SOLINSA
Ecologic Institute
September 2013

The study analyzes urban gardening initiatives in Berlin. It focused on the following aspects:

First, it sheds a light on how urban gardening motivates community involvement with specific reference to the development of Berlin’s urban gardening movement. It also clarifies the role of sustainability in these efforts and motivations.

Second, it looks for the success factors as well as barriers faced; with a particular focus on the role of governance structures, knowledge sharing and decision making processes.

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June 8, 2016   Comments Off on Learning for Sustainable Agriculture: Urban Gardening in Berlin

Cotswold Club 1944 – Growing their own, the Village Produce Association during WW2

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Rare 12 minute film.

There’s even a role for the children in bringing up the rabbits for food too!

Director: Charles de Lautour
United Kingdom 1944
Strand Film Company
Ministry of Information for Ministry of Agriculture
Donald Taylor, Edgar Anstey

If you can’t buy it, why not grow it yourself? If you’ve too much, then why not sell at the village produce stall? With WWII in full swing and many foods rationed, the Village Produce Association comes into its own in this film shot in the Cotswold village of Somerton, Oxfordshire.

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June 6, 2016   Comments Off on Cotswold Club 1944 – Growing their own, the Village Produce Association during WW2

Rare UK video, 1942: Greenford and Northolt Dig for Victory Campaign

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From the plot to the pot

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The Chairman of the Allotment Gardens Committee
Councillor A. J. Johnson
1942

Take up your trowels! During WWII, Britain’s food imports were severely restricted and local councils across the country commandeered public and private land for the growing of vegetables and crops. Here, an Ealing councillor implores local residents to take on an allotment to help feed the nation. ‘Dig for Victory’ was one of the war’s most iconic and successful mass publicity campaigns.

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June 2, 2016   Comments Off on Rare UK video, 1942: Greenford and Northolt Dig for Victory Campaign

Eindhoven, Netherlands: Lighting giant Philips has built one of the world’s largest city farming research facilities

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The 234 square metres GrowWise Center, which opened last July, is developing the perfect blueprint for growing food for city dwellers all year round using sustainable and efficient techniques.

By Jessica Cheam
Eco-Business
May 27, 2016

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It also helps save resources: Where it would take 60 litres of water to produce one kilo of tomatoes in, say, a typical greenhouse production facility in Spain, the same amount of tomatoes will only require five litres of water at the GrowWise farm.

Mayor of Eindhoven, Rob van Gijzel, regards this technology – which integrates lighting, climate control, software controls, sensors and logistics in one harmonious solution – as just one of the ways smart city applications will revolutionise global food, energy, and water systems in the coming years.

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May 31, 2016   Comments Off on Eindhoven, Netherlands: Lighting giant Philips has built one of the world’s largest city farming research facilities

UK: The National Trust’s Top 10 Kitchen Gardens

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kitcThe kitchen garden, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire Four-and-a-half acres of organic gardens with rare varieties and period features.

The kitchen garden, Attingham Park, Shropshire; The kitchen garden, Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire; The kitchen garden, Chartwell, Kent and more

From the National Trust

When it comes to self sufficiency, we’re leading the way at many of our kitchen gardens. From keeping rare breed chickens to growing organic Georgian prickly cucumbers, the fully working kitchen gardens on our estates are great places to witness the ‘plot to plate’ revolution. To experience a slice of the good life and learn how easy, fun and interesting it is to grow your own produce, you may like to visit some of our top kitchen gardens.

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May 30, 2016   Comments Off on UK: The National Trust’s Top 10 Kitchen Gardens

‘Generation rent’ neglecting their gardens, warns Royal Horticulture Society

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rentThere has been an increase in younger tenants, known as ‘Generation Rent’ Credit: Jeffrey Blackler/Alamy.

The Royal Horticulture Society last year launched its Greening Grey Britain campaign with the launch of Europe’s biggest community gardening campaign and a three year target to transform 6,000 grey spaces into thriving gardens.

By Patrick Sawer
Telegraph
21 May 2016

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“Gardens are good for our towns and cities. This reduction of plants in front gardens and increase in grey is harmful for wildlife reducing their homes and food sources,” said Ms Biggs.

“It is also damaging for the nation’s health linked to increasing pollution and increasing temperatures during heat waves and puts our homes at more risk from flooding.”

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May 26, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Generation rent’ neglecting their gardens, warns Royal Horticulture Society

Budepest: Community gardens provide a piece of nature in the big city

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There are already 38 community gardens in Budapest, and Grundk3rt is one of them.

By Lilith Grull
Budapest Times
21. May 2016

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The members of Grundk3rt are a colourful bunch. The oldest member is 80 years old and regularly brings along her small grandchildren. Many different jobs are represented ranging from zookeepers to engineers – even a few non-governmental organisations joined the community.
Népi ?sgyógyászat (pictured), Menedék Migránsokat Segít? Egyesület and Messzelátó Egyesület have a parcel in the garden. The NGO Menedék Migránsokat Segít? Egyesület deals with helping migrants, and they regularly bring along some of them to do gardening work. Messzelátó Egyesület on the other hand deals with naturopathy. They plant only herbs and they give tours through their medical forest in Grundk3rt.

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May 22, 2016   Comments Off on Budepest: Community gardens provide a piece of nature in the big city

The adaptation of urban farms to cities: The case of the Alella wine region within the Barcelona Metropolitan Region

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wefDetailed locations of the wineries. Source: Generalitat de Catalunya, 2015a and Generalitat de Catalunya, 2015b and elaborated by the authors.

Societal benefits of wineries are remarkable, but could be still enhanced in comparison to other case studies of peri-urban farms in Spain or European metropolitan areas.

By Xavier Recasens, Oscar Alfranca, Luis Maldonado
Land Use Policy
Volume 56, November 2016, Pages 158–168

Abstract:

Urban agriculture plays an important role in maintaining the urban- rural fringe. Agriculture produces both agricultural goods and non-market goods, so it is important to preserve agricultural activities and keep farmers in these peri-urban areas. Cities are not only a threat to agricultural activities but can also provide opportunities for farmers to offer products and services demanded by citizens. The aim of this work is to determine whether the wineries in a peri-urban wine region have adapted their business models in response to their proximity to cities/citizens.

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May 19, 2016   Comments Off on The adaptation of urban farms to cities: The case of the Alella wine region within the Barcelona Metropolitan Region

Urban Gardening in Berlin

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Touren zu den neuen Gärten der Stadt Unterwegs in Berlin

By Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen
192 Seiten, 184 Abb., 135 x 210 mm, Paperback
Februar 2016

Mitten in der Stadt wohnen und trotzdem das eigene Gemüse anpflanzen, pflegen und ernten: Großer Luxus, der manchmal sogar in einer kleinen Kiste wächst. Die Idee des Urban Gardening kam bereits Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts auf und wird in Berlin seit einigen Jahren wieder kultiviert. Dieses Buch führt den Leser zu über 70 sehenswerten Berliner Gartenprojekten, stellt unterschiedliche Konzepte des Urban Gardening vor und verrät, wo sich ganz besondere Gärten verbergen.

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May 18, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Gardening in Berlin

UK Pub that transformed beer garden into allotments already has waiting list for plots

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ubsJan Parker-Brooks, of the Stork Tavern pub in Halliwell.

The garden, which has been named The Little Spuds Allotments is aimed at children and the grandmother-of-four said she is “overwhelmed” at the response to it.

By Kate McMullin
The Bolton News
May 9, 2016

Excerpt:

he allotments are open during pub hours for regulars and members of the public, while families that look after a lot have been given a key to the garden in order to maintain their patch.

A full range of vegetables have already been planted such as sweetcorn, potatoes, onions, lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, peas, broccoli and broad beans.

Mrs Brooks, aged 56, added: “It’s a great opportunity for children, to give them something to focus on and teach them some responsibility.

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May 17, 2016   Comments Off on UK Pub that transformed beer garden into allotments already has waiting list for plots

Organic gardens in schools in Serbia

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Organic gardering in schools from Zoran Mitrovi? on Vimeo.

Project Proposal

By Zoran Mitrovi
May 2016

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What we want to do

We want to use our knowledge and to show kids how to grown up healthy food, how to protect and care about environment. At the moment we see that in era of «smart devices» nature losing the race, our children are more in virtual world than in real life. The problem is big and solutions are everywhere, we just need to go out and show the kids really satisfaction.

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May 11, 2016   Comments Off on Organic gardens in schools in Serbia

Community garden workers in Manchester strip off for World Naked Gardening Day

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The team are hoping to raising enough money to install solar panels on the shop roof and need £3,000 to kickstart the process.

By Beth Abbit
Manchester Evening News
May 7, 2016

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A team of gardeners have thrown caution to the wind taking on their horticultural duties in the buff once again.

Staff at Hulme Community Garden Centre caused a stir when they posed in nothing but their birthday suits for World Naked Gardening Day last year.

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May 8, 2016   Comments Off on Community garden workers in Manchester strip off for World Naked Gardening Day

European Research network helps set up online course on urban agriculture entrepreneurship

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The COST Action helped improve the understanding of different urban agriculture practices across Europe – it presented over 200 case studies, reviewed the Common Agriculture Policy and enabled collaboration between the private and public sectors.

Press Release
27 April 2016

Researchers involved in COST-funded Urban Agriculture Europe (UAE) network have helped develop a course meant to equip university students, SMEs, public authorities and NGOs with the right know-how to build on business opportunities and tap into the economic potential of agriculture innovation in urban areas.

UAE member Dr Wolf Lohrberg (South-Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany) is now part of Erasmus+ project Urban Green Train, a network of SMEs and public authorities in Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands. His focus on entrepreneurial models of urban agriculture during the Urban Agriculture Europe Action benefited this new collaboration, which led to the online course covering topics such as plant production, resource management, financing modes and market analysis . The course also promotes innovative technologies and eco-friendly products.

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May 5, 2016   Comments Off on European Research network helps set up online course on urban agriculture entrepreneurship