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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

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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

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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

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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

Carrots among the concrete: the role of urban agriculture

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Beehives at Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin.

Another key to making urban agriculture economically viable, according to André, is its being seen as an integral part of closed loop systems using urban waste for compost and nutrition.

By Rob Hopkins
Transition Network
Oct 21, 2014

Excerpt:

In order to weave urban agriculture, and its potential, into our discussions this month on ‘Reimagining Real Estate’, who better to talk to than André Viljoen and Katrin Bohn, architects, academics and authors of the recently published Second Nature Urban Agriculture; designing productive cities? Their first book, Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs), published in 2004, put the idea of urban agriculture onto the agenda of the architectural profession. Things have changed a lot since then. I caught up with them by Skype a few weeks ago. As André told me, the reception when 10 years ago they first suggested to publishers a book on urban agriculture was “agriculture? We do architecture!”

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November 4, 2014   Comments Off

Amsterdam: An Urban Farm Designed To Make One Thing: A Grilled Ham And Cheese Sandwich

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And they raised pigs too. Click on image for larger file.

The Sandwich Factory (De Tosti Fabriek) sowed a small field of wheat in central Amsterdam in February last year

By Adele Peters
Fast Coexist
Oct 30, 2014

Excerpt:

In an Amsterdam experiment that pushes the limits of urban farming, a group of young artists explored what it takes to make a simple lunch truly from scratch. After buying pigs and cows, planting a field of wheat, waiting for nine months, and spending 35,000 euros, they finally got to eat.

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October 31, 2014   Comments Off

European Research Media Centre looks at urban agriculture

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London Sheep being driven down Strand about to cross Waterloo Bridge, circa 1926. Click on image for larger file.

In the future, policy makers must be aware that urban agriculture is worth the effort of creating new policies and it can be a viable option.

By Thijs Westerbeek
European Research Media Centre
Oct 23

Excerpt:

“The goal of the Supurbfood project,” Han Wiskerke tells youris.com, “is to make urban and peri-urban agriculture much more important than it is now.” Wiskerke is the coordinator of the project and a professor of rural sociology at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands. He goes on to explain that the project also aims to close the food-waste cycle, to shorten the food supply chains, and to create multifunctional land use in cities.

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October 29, 2014   Comments Off

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

Excerpt:

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

Excerpt:

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