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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   No Comments

2nd Spanish Congress for Organic Urban Farms

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By Chris Wilkes and Paolo Mulotto
April 2014

The city of Utrera was the setting for the 2nd Spanish Congress for Organic Urban Agriculture from the 13th-15th March.

The congress was organised by the Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture (SEAE) in collaboration with the local government of Utrera and the Ecoparques organisation.

The purpose of the congress was to exchange ideas and experiences, and to inspire ecological innovation for the growth of urban and local “Huertos” (allotments) assessing the current status of organic agriculture, seeing what advances have been made and providing recommendations for future development in the sector.

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April 17, 2014   No Comments

Farming the Roofs of Paris

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Tentative Draft Farm over Paris Montsouris reservoir. Eelv – Assoc. Living Roofs.

In total, 100 hectares of rooftops could be transformed into farms

By Krisztina Kupi
Green Fudge
Apr 6, 2014

Excerpt:

District 14 of Paris, notably rue de la Tombe-Issoire, may be the first area of the French capital to see the revival of urban agriculture. Establishing gardens and farms on the roofs would improve the supply of city dwellers.

With the technical support of the Living Roofs (Toits Verts) association, French ecologist Celia Blauel is promoting the idea of the establishment of a farm on one of the five principal water tanks of Paris, near Parc Montsouris. Their long-term goal is to create the country’s biggest urban agricultural surface.

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April 16, 2014   No Comments

La Faim Des Terres 24-25 Avril, 2014, Paris

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Foncier and Gouvernance alimentaire des régions urbaines

Suite au colloque inaugural HUNGRY CITY, Nourrir la ville de demain de décembre 2012, IUFN vous propose une nouvelle rencontre internationale autour des enjeux de la gouvernance alimentaire durable des régions urbaines. Elle s’inscrit dans un cycle de conférences bisannuelles qu’IUFN souhaite partager avec la communauté internationale.

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April 4, 2014   Comments Off

10 Urban Agriculture Projects in Berlin, Germany

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Frisch vom Dach (Fresh from the Roof) is an aquaponics project due to start this year on the rooftop of a former malt factory in the Schoeneberg district. Fish from the roof. Christian Real Eight (front) and Nicolas Leschke. Photo: oh.

Urban gardening takes place all over the city – between the runways of Berlin’s legendary Templehof airport and on a site where the Berlin Wall once stood.

By P.K. Read
FoodTank
Mar 25, 2014

Excerpt:

The city of Berlin has undergone a transformation in urban agriculture over the past ten years, and is very active when it comes to fostering a wide variety of gardening and agriculture projects within the reunited city. The capital city of Germany, once divided by the Berlin Wall, has been growing together through urban gardening. Many of the projects are very light on the land, creating gardens that can be moved to accommodate the changes in land ownership that characterize a city that is rapidly growing. Food Tank highlights just a few of the many initiatives and locations in the city.

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March 26, 2014   Comments Off

The Gardens of the British Working Class

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The imperatives of the ordinary gardener long ago were to produce food and grow herbs for medicinal purposes.

By Margaret Willes
Yale University Press
March 2014

This magnificently illustrated people’s history celebrates the extraordinary feats of cultivation by the working class in Britain, even if the land they toiled, planted, and loved was not their own. Spanning more than four centuries, from the earliest records of the laboring classes in the country to today, Margaret Willes’s research unearths lush gardens nurtured outside rough workers’ cottages and horticultural miracles performed in blackened yards, and reveals the ingenious, sometimes devious, methods employed by determined, obsessive, and eccentric workers to make their drab surroundings bloom.

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March 17, 2014   Comments Off

Two food and urban farming conferences in The Netherlands in May 2014

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Take action? Collaborative action for more sustainable food systems
PUREFOOD Conference, May 14th, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

On Wednesday May 14th 2014, the international PUREFOOD conference will take place in Utrecht (The Netherlands): “Take action? Collaborative action for more sustainable food systems.” This day marks the finalization of the EU-funded PUREFOOD program. The conference is connected to the Day of Urban Farming (‘Dag van de Stadslandbouw’), which takes place on May 15th in Utrecht.

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March 17, 2014   Comments Off

Gardening Thespians – Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh – 1941

“They had a piggery and six Guernsey cows. The whole gardens existed to support the house and they took produce back to their London home; milk, cream, strawberries, raspberries, soft fruits and flowers.”

By Zoltan Glass
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People: Laurence Olivier; Vivien Leigh

1941: Actor Laurence Olivier (1907 – 1989) with his wife, actress Vivien Leigh (Vivian Mary Hartley, 1913 – 1967).

Excerpt from ‘Vivien Leigh was a dab hand with her roses’
By Faith Eckersall,
Dorest Echo, April 17, 2011

At the time he first saw her, Mike, who lives with his wife, Anne, in Colehill, didn’t know he would become one of Leigh’s gardeners, taken on by her estate manager at her home in Notley Abbey, a 12th century estate which was run by her brother-in-law, Dickie Olivier.

“After my dad died I’d had a brush with the law and I think it was decided that it might be a good idea if I had a little job,” says Mike.

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March 16, 2014   Comments Off

1751-1765 – Encyclopédie dirigée par Diderot and d’Alembert

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Portion of larger image titled ‘Agriculture: Jardin Potager, Couches’. See complete image. Further enlargement at image.

Encyclopaedia, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

The Encyclopédie was an innovative encyclopedia in several respects. Among other things, it was the first encyclopedia to include contributions from many named contributors, and it was the first general encyclopedia to lavish attention on the mechanical arts. Still, the Encyclopédie is famous above all for representing the thought of the Enlightenment. According to Denis Diderot in the article “Encyclopédie”, the Encyclopédie’s aim was “to change the way people think”.

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March 13, 2014   Comments Off

First Conference on Urban Gardens in Andalusia, Spain

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By Raúl Puente Asuero
Comité Pro-Parque Educ. Miraflores
Profesor Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla
e-mail: rpueasu@upo.es

On March 29 we will celebrate in Bujalance (Cordoba – Spain) the First Conference on Urban Gardens in Andalusia. Language: Spanish.
The Conference is especially directed to associations and councils that have a few gardens in its municipality or are planning to create one soon.
The Conference will be the start of a series of discussions aimed at creating a network of Urban Gardens in Andalusia in the near future.
If you are interested, you can write to me (rpueasu@upo.es) or to the e-mail 1jornadahuertosurbanos@gmail.com

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March 8, 2014   Comments Off

The Compass to Urban Agriculture in Freiburg, Germany

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By Urban Food Compass

Excerpt:

Maybe you are new in Freiburg? Are you interested in urban agriculture? No matter if you are keen to get involved yourself and dig some weeds and plant herbs, or just want to enjoy locally grown food: this compilation of different initiatives and groups in and around Frieburg helps you to find what you are looking for!

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March 6, 2014   Comments Off

Seminar on Urban Agriculture in the European Parliament, Brussels

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Feeding the City in Europe and the World – Urban Agriculture – an Integral Part of Urban Planning

4th of March 2014 at 16.30-18.30

Under the Auspices of the Members of the European Parliament:
Göran Färm, Swedish Social Democratic Party (S&D Group)
Kent Johansson, Swedish Centre Party (Alde Group)

By 2050, 90% of the world’s population will live inside cities.
Already today, 70% of the world’s arable land is used for crop production.
According to the UNDP, estimates show that urban agriculture already delivers 20% of today’s food.

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March 2, 2014   Comments Off

Édition:France Huffington Post – Agriculture urbaine


Des potagers commencent à pousser sur les toits de Paris.

Agriculture urbaine : ce dont elle est capable (et ce qu’elle ne pourra jamais faire)

Par Stanislas Kraland
Le HuffPost
22/02/2014

Excerpt:

Toujours à Paris, intra-muros cette fois-ci, une étude de l’Atelier parisien d’urbanisme (APUR) estime que la surface potentiellement végétalisable est de 320 hectares, dont 80 seraient “facilement” végétalisables. “Si l’on prend une hypothèse très simplificatrice et optimiste de 5 kilos de légumes frais par m2 sur 320 hectares, cela ferait 32.000 tonnes de légumes par an, soit quand même de quoi alimenter 230.000 Parisiens en légumes frais”, remarque l’ingénieur Nicolas Bel qui a créé un potager sur le toit de l’école AgroParisTech. Pas de quoi nourrir une ville comme Paris donc, mais un potentiel à exploiter pour y contribuer.

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March 1, 2014   Comments Off

Edinburgh’s ‘The Grove Community Garden’

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Susanne showed me the 75 plots

By Aunt Emily
Common Good Edinburgh
Feb 13, 2014

Excerpt:

In the middle of Edinburgh, hidden behind a construction site is a secret garden, well I admit there’s a big sign outside. But it’s still pretty magical. Behind a blue gate in Fountainbridge, is this beautiful place. It’s The Grove Community Garden. I was expecting a few pots of soil and some dead plants but instead, it was bursting with life.

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February 24, 2014   Comments Off

A project for a documentary about community gardens in Milan and Berlin

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Paola Longo Salvatore Laforgia and Frauke Hehl in the commons Kontor Berlin.

The film is in being made and will be finished by summer 2014

By Guido Larcher, Inge Pett
Planum.net

Excerpt:

Starting from the “Giardino degli Aromi” (literally: Garden of Fragrances), the largest community garden in Milan, the team of Paola Longo, Salvatore Laforgia, Guido Larcher, Inge Pett journalist from Berlin, performs a comparative research on collaborative community gardens in the two cities.

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February 15, 2014   Comments Off