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A Swiss firm has unveiled what it says is Europe’s largest urban farming project


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   No Comments

‘Smart urban farmers’ at Grow Bristol, UK

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


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   No Comments

Urban Gardening Course – Curso de Huertos Urbanos

malagaHuerto compartido en Málaga (I.B. /IPS)

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   No Comments

Israelis Bring Better Salad to Berlin

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


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   No Comments

Is there a future for Krakovo gardens in Ljubljana, Slovenia?

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


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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Carrots among the concrete: the role of urban agriculture

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


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

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


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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European Research Media Centre looks at urban agriculture

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


“The goal of the Supurbfood project,” Han Wiskerke tells, “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

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


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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Report predicts value of London’s edible gardens at £1.4 million – and counting


“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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An allotment garden house in Denmark


The house ended up costing about US$ 18,400 in materials

By Assia
Living in a Showbox
July 22, 2014


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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How to Be an Urban Farmer in Norway

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


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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French supermarket introduces lumpy and misshapen fruit and vegetables – sold at a 30% discount – to combat food waste


Intermarché launched Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables earlier this year to prove that unattractive produce is just as edible

By Martha Cliff
16 July 2014 |


The campaign by Intermarché is supported by advertising agency Marcel who, with the help of photographer Patrice de Villiers, produced seven posters starring the unattractive produce to go alongside it.

The posters included images of the grotesque apple, the ridiculous potato, the hideous orange, the failed lemon, the disfigured eggplant, the ugly carrot, and the unfortunate clementine.

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Wissen wuchern lassen – Ein Handbuch zum Lernen in urbanen Garten


“Let knowledge mushroom – Handbook on learning from urban gardens

Herausgegeben von: Severin Halder, Dörte Martens, Gerda Münnich, Andrea Lassalle, Thomas Aenis, Eckhard Schäfer
In German

Focusing on practical answers this handbook assembles various modules for the creation of green learning spaces. At the same time it enables insight into the broad creative experiences of urban gardeners.

Here DIY knowledge of the gardening amateurs from Allmende-Kontor, Prinzessinnengarten and Bürgergarten Laskerwiese meets expert knowledge from the trained gardeners and farmers of Bauerngarten, Peter-Lenné-School and Humboldt University of Berlin. An open knowledge transfer in terms of discussions, seeds, garden map, redworms and recipes takes place.

It’s a compilation of Berlin farmer’s shrewdness, flowery manuals and common banana skins – for everyone looking for how to get the hands really dirty!

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July 10, 2014   Comments Off

The Big Allotment Challenge: The Patch – Grow Make Eat


By Tessa Evelegh
Hodder & Stoughton
10 April 2014

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is surprisingly easy whatever the size of your garden or allotment. You don’t need to be entirely self-sufficient but there’s nothing more satisfying than being able to harvest your own tomatoes, snip a few leaves from a salad bed or make strawberry jam from home-grown strawberries. And by planting some easy-to-grow flowering plants it’s perfectly possible to have freshly picked cut flowers to decorate your table.

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