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UK: ‘I found what had been missing my whole adult life…’ how one man fell back in love with gardening

Jack Wallington Credit: Heathcliff O’malley For The Daily Telegraph

I started doing the rounds with the local council, and they said the waiting list for an allotment was 27 years.

By Alice Vincent
The Telegram
13 May 2018

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I was learning about vegetables, but frustratingly I didn’t have anywhere to grow them. But there were raised beds in the Eden Garden in Clapham, and there was never anyone there.

So I put a handwritten note – because I thought it was more likely to be read than a typed one – under the door of the church nearby. It was an A4 sheet, that said, “Dear Gardener, I’m studying, I really want to grow vegetables. Please, please, please can I use one of your raised beds.” And this was in the middle of winter.

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May 19, 2018   No Comments

The Gardening Show as Cozily Addictive as “The Great British Bake Off”

In “Big Dreams, Small Spaces,” modest, unwealthy humans try to improve their yards under the guidance of the charismatic master gardener Monty Don.Illustration by Cari Vander Yacht

Monty Don combines reassuring poshness, accessibility, and, to be frank, good looks.

By Charlotte Mendelson
New Yorker
May 2, 2018

Excerpt:

Even better, “Big Dreams, Small Spaces” combines this glamour with that essential of modern television: soi-disant relatability. The Ordinary People in these shows aren’t wealthy silver surfers who have downsized to just one acre, or hipster chef-gardeners rearing crops for micro-breweries. They are modest, unwealthy humans, with budgets in the hundreds, not hundreds of thousands, trying to improve their concreted front gardens, their hummocky suburban yards.

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May 13, 2018   No Comments

Outside London, British Jewry’s first communal farm in decades takes root

Talia Chain showing off the Havdalah area of her Sadeh Jewish farm near London, April 17, 2018. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

The Jewish couple from London city instead moved last year to the capital’s agricultural outskirts

By Cnaan Liphshiz
JTA
May 3, 2018

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“Judaism is at its core an agricultural religion, but so many of us have lost touch with that cornerstone of our faith,” said Chain, a self-described “city girl” whose new look features baggy pants, low-heeled boots and a wild mane of wavy red hair. But amid growing popularity for environmentalism, especially among young Jews who shun organized religion, “there is a great potential for engagement,” she said.

That’s why in 2016, Chain set up Sadeh farm, whose name means “field” in Hebrew, at the Skeet Hill House — a Jewish community resort 15 miles southeast of London’s center. It has an indoor swimming pool, kosher kitchen, dormitories and a large plot of land that once was disused and covered in weeds.

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May 9, 2018   Comments Off on Outside London, British Jewry’s first communal farm in decades takes root

Italy: The last urban farmers in Turin?

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In this corner of northern Italy, urban farming is a form of resistance.

By Caterina Villa
OZY
Apr 30 2018
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The urban development that has transformed the area around the old family farmhouse where the siblings grew up. So while Vilma and Paolo, self-described “nomadic farmers,” live in a nearby apartment building, they still tend their farm every day, earning just enough to sustain their families and the farm, but nothing more. “It feels like living in an oasis,” says Vilma, “as we are the last rural family in an urban context.”

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Paris to turn a third of its green space into urban farms

La Chambeaudie Farm is located on the 500 square meter (5,380 square foot) roof of a medical center owned by Paris Metro (RATP) in the 12th arrondissement — a district in the east of Paris on the right bank of the River Seine. Credit: Aéromate

So far, 74 companies and public institutions have signed a charter to partner with the city in developing urban agriculture.

By Katy Wong
CNN
3rd April 2018

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Since the Parisculteurs project launched in 2016, 75 projects have been approved by the city of Paris, covering 15 hectares of spaces. The projects will create more than 500 tons of produce.

La Chambeaudie Farm, run by agriculture start-up Aéromate, is located on the 500 square meter (5,380 square foot) roof of a medical center owned by Paris Metro (RATP) in the 12th arrondissement — a district in the east of Paris on the right bank of the River Seine.

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Belgium: Brussels Development Briefing on “Growing food in the cities: Successes and new opportunities”

View of a scene at Covent Garden Market showing shoppers and traders at a vegetable sellers. 1835 Click image to see larger file.

This Briefing is organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD

10 April 2018 from 9:00 to 13:00,
at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium.

Excerpt:

This Briefing will discuss the development of urban agriculture in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, looking at successful urban agribusinesses and the innovations, partnerships and policy developments that are creating new opportunities in this field.

In particular, the Briefing will feature an exchange of views and experiences around agriculture in urban and peri-urban areas, and the main drivers for its growth and uptake by youth and women. It will share best practices and achievements across ACP countries from the private and public sectors, and will discuss the factors for success, their replicability, and potential for upscaling.

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March 26, 2018   Comments Off on Belgium: Brussels Development Briefing on “Growing food in the cities: Successes and new opportunities”

Romania: Kaufland Romania is investing EUR 300,000 in a network of community urban gardens

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Seven out of 10 Romanians are practitioners of so-called “urban agriculture”

By Anda Sebesi
Business Review
Mar 19, 2018

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Seven out of 10 Romanians are practitioners of so-called “urban agriculture”, which means they grow fruit, vegetables or herbs at home, according to a study conducted for Kaufland Romania. Based on this, the company last year decided to launch Gradinescu, a project consisting of a network of nine urban gardens of which three are located on the roofs of Kaufland stores, four behind or in their parking areas and the remaining ones in two schools in Bucharest.

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March 22, 2018   Comments Off on Romania: Kaufland Romania is investing EUR 300,000 in a network of community urban gardens

Slovakia: Community Garden Sets ‘Good Practice’ example

Community Garden Ružinov, Bratislava, Slovakia

Interreg Danube
12-03-2018

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The community garden Ružinov was built at the beginning of this year on the neglected place in the city of Bratislava in Slovakia which was used as a volleyball court of primary school in the past. Currently, this land is rented for free by the primary school to reclaim it by the nongovernmental organization (NGO). Nowadays there are 66 cultivation boxes. People including vulnerable groups (pensioners, single mothers) living in the neighborhood are the users of plots in the community garden.

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March 17, 2018   Comments Off on Slovakia: Community Garden Sets ‘Good Practice’ example

German startup leads the way in urban farming

The start-up currently has more than 50 farms running around Berlin in supermarkets, restaurants, and warehouses. The startup has already placed its farm in German supermarket chains METRO and EDEKA, two of Germany’s largest food retailers.

By Nadja Beschetnikova
Beam Tech
Feb 22, 2018

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Infarm builds in-store farming units and software to manage the growth of crops. The farms are operated by Infarm’s own platform for monitoring thousands of different data points and personalizing the farm to respective needs, which ensures that the produce is being grown as near to perfect as possible. Each module has its own ecosystem that tailors light spectrum, temperature, pH levels, and nutrients to ensure the maximum expression of each plant.

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Denmark: Noma – World’s Most Famous Restaurant Re-0pens as an Urban Farm

2,100 Square Feet Of Garden, Three Free-Standing Greenhouses

Wall Street Journal
Gourmet Traveller

Excerpt from Wall Street Journal
Feb 16, 2018

Noma’s new Bjarke Ingels-designed campus will encompass 11 buildings and 2,100 square feet of garden, to be designed in the spring by Piet Oudolf, who also collaborated on landscaping the High Line in New York City. Near the entrance to Noma’s property are three free-standing greenhouses constructed almost entirely of glass. “Each space utilizes as few materials as possible,” Ingels says. Two of the greenhouses will be used to grow ingredients like microgreens, herbs and edible flowers. The other will house the restaurant’s bakery and a test kitchen. “It’s been insane,” says Redzepi. “But there are just things you say yes to, even before you know how to totally plan.”

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February 18, 2018   Comments Off on Denmark: Noma – World’s Most Famous Restaurant Re-0pens as an Urban Farm

Urban And Peri-Urban Agriculture Best Practice Catalogue

6 MADRE metropolises: Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, Aix-Marseille Provence Métropole, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Tirana Metropolitan Area, and Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area

MADRE
Press Release
Feb 2, 2018

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Marseille, 2 February 2018 – After almost a year of implementation, MADRE releases its Best Practice Catalogue on urban and peri-urban agriculture. Developed by ANIMA Investment Network, it highlights the best practices identified in the 6 metropolises associated with the project, in terms of farmers’ innovation, social innovation, consumer innovation, academic research, territorial innovation and transnational innovation.

6.3 billion people will live in urban areas by 2050. Although recognised as a major lever for the sustainability and competitiveness of metropolises, urban and peri-urban agriculture still suffers from a lack of consideration in public policies, preventing it from reaching a wider audience.

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February 10, 2018   Comments Off on Urban And Peri-Urban Agriculture Best Practice Catalogue

Berlin urban farm-in-a-box raises $25 million for European expansion

Erez Galonska and Osnat Michaeli, founders of the urban farming start-up Infarm, pose for a picture beside indoor growing systems at the company’s showroom in Berlin, Germany, February 5, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Infarm said it will have 1,000 miniature urban farms operating across Europe by the middle of next year, starting with locations in Paris, London, Copenhagen and additional German cities by the end of 2018.

By Eric Auchard
Reuters
Feb 5, 2018

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The compact plant growing system sits on stacked shelves, using hydroponics – a way of growing plants without soil – in a climate and LED-lighting controlled glass case. It grows everyday and exotic herbs like small-leaf Greek basil or Peruvian mint and leafy greens which customers are selling for prices at or below that of plastic-packaged herbs.

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February 6, 2018   Comments Off on Berlin urban farm-in-a-box raises $25 million for European expansion

Italy: La Fattorietta – Rome’s farm

St Peter’s Basilica seen in the distance.

In 2000 they founded the Cultural Association Passeggiata del Gelsomino and La Fattorietta. Developed collaborations with schools, and other associations for vulnerable people, create summer centers, events, folk festivals of rural and Roman tradition.

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This farm and cultural association on four hectares near St Peter’s Basilica offers seasonal workshops and activities for children over four, including helping with the harvest, learning how to grow vegetables, making bread, jam, fresh pasta and cheese, even milking a goat.

This urban farm was founded in 2002 to teach children about farm life and to foster love and respect for animals and the environment.

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Denmark: New Copenhagen School Focuses on ‘Food’ in its Design

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The area has individual planter boxes and raised beds which the pupils can use to cultivate and care for their own crops and vegetables. Greenhouses will extend the growing season.

E-architect
Modern Danish Educational Architecture
Design by C.F. Møller Architects, Denmark
Jan 8, 2018

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New Islands Brygge School will be a profile school with food as its special theme. There is special emphasis on making meal preparation and mealtimes a central element of the school’s design. The first thing new arrivals at the school will see is the double-high-ceilinged dining hall, which is not just the canteen, but also the hub which interconnects all of the school’s functions. This makes the dining hall the gathering point where pupils can meet across the school’s many activities.

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January 30, 2018   Comments Off on Denmark: New Copenhagen School Focuses on ‘Food’ in its Design

Denmark: Urban gardening system ‘Growmore’ helps city dwellers build mini local farms?

As well as food production, the system is designed to create a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.

By Sebastian Jordahn
Dezeen
Jan 5, 2018
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Excerpt:

a modular farming system called GrowMore, which allows people living in cities to build and maintain mini farms made from a series of simple plywood planters.

Designed by danish firm Husum & Lindholm Architects, Growmore structures can be assembled using six plywood components. The system is designed for people living in cities to utilise unused urban space for local food production.

“Growmore is an urban gardening modular design that enhances our awareness on local production,” the architects said. “It consists of very few elements, which makes it possible to build in any given context.”?

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January 11, 2018   Comments Off on Denmark: Urban gardening system ‘Growmore’ helps city dwellers build mini local farms?