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

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

By Martha Cliff
Mail
16 July 2014 |

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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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July 17, 2014   No Comments

Wissen wuchern lassen – Ein Handbuch zum Lernen in urbanen Garten

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“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
2014

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

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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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July 9, 2014   Comments Off

The Guardian – Next-gen urban farms: 10 innovative projects from around the world

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The Farmery, slated to open this fall in an as-yet-undisclosed location, will be an 8,000-square-foot market that will grow its own mushrooms, greens and fruits. Photograph: Amy Edwards/Farmery.

As the ‘buy local’ movement grows, social entrepreneurs find novel ways to make agriculture an integral part of urban life

By Sarah Shemkus
theguardian.com
2 July 2014

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GrowUp Box, London, UK
Beacon Food Forest, Seattle, Washington, US
Pasona Group, Tokyo, Japan
Farmery, North Carolina and TBA, US
Sky Greens, Lim Chu Kang area, Singapore
Brooklyn Grange, Brooklyn, New York, US
Deu Horta Na Telha, São Paulo, Brazil
Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin, Germany
Urban Organics, St. Paul, Minnesota, US
Lufa Farms, Montreal, Canada

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July 3, 2014   Comments Off

Hampton Court Palace’s Kitchen Garden

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The gardens produced horticultural baubles, edible novelties and actual food between 1702 and 1840

By Sandra Lawrence
Londonist
June 12, 2014

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King Hal’s jousting fields were ripped up and turned into six one-acre, up-to-the-minute kitchen gardens. They were given plenty of walls to provide warmth and shelter for tender new delicacies such as apricots and peaches, and plenty of room for Her Majesty’s every other veg-related whim.

Expensive luxuries like potatoes, tomatoes and runner beans. Tender peas, fresh from the pod, not the dried up pebbles that peasants ate. Asparagus, squashes, fancy salad. A lot of fancy salad.

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June 22, 2014   Comments Off

A Conversation With Oscar Rodriguez On Urban Farming

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Oscar Rodriguez, the founder of Architecture & Food, which is a company that works with organizations on building vertical farming.

By Emy Muzzi
Urban Times
June 4, 2014

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Here’s a basic, ‘ridiculous’ calculation: London has 20,000 hectares (200,000,000 sqm) of roofscape, most of it pitched, and a population of 8.2 million people. By retrofitting horticultural greenhouses employing high productivity growing tech with a conservative 40kg/sqm/yr productivity onto half that area (10,000 hectares) you could produce enough to supply 1.3 kg of vegetables per person per day which is 380 percent of the average daily U.K. fruit and vegetable consumption of 350g.

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June 13, 2014   Comments Off

10 Urban Agriculture Projects from Europe’s Greenest City: Freiburg, German

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Gemeinsames gestalten des Mandalas. Photo from Lebensgarten.

Often called the “greenest city in the world” because of its comprehensive public transit, wide array of urban gardens, and innovative recycling infrastructure, Freiburg combines both technology and tradition to provide a powerful vision for the urban world’s future.

By Donald Planey
Food Tank
May 25, 2014

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The Forests of Freiburg

Freiburg is an impressively green city, both politically and literally: The city’s municipal land is 43 percent forestland. More importantly, Freiburg maintains a comprehensive forestry program which integrates this ecosystem into the life of the city itself. As an extension of the neighboring black forest ecosystem, this urban forest blurs the line between the human and natural communities of Freiburg. Timber from the forest provides a powerful economic base for the city, but Freiburg never cuts at unsustainable rates. Also, the wood is often used in local infrastructure projects, which keeps the money from the materials within the local community.

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June 3, 2014   Comments Off

Wedding ring ‘found on carrot’ after 16 years

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A Swedish woman has discovered her wedding ring on a carrot growing in her garden, 16 years after she lost it.

BBC
Dec 31, 2011

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Lena Paahlsson had long ago lost hope of finding the ring, which she designed herself, reports Dagens Nyheter.

The white-gold band, set with seven small diamonds, went missing in her kitchen in 1995, she told the paper.

Although the ring no longer fits, she hopes to have it enlarged so she can wear it again.

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May 7, 2014   Comments Off

‘The Food From Here’ Conference Report

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The conference attracted over 90 delegates representing several different countries

The Food From Here Conference was hosted by the Centre for Agroecology and Food Security (CAFS) at Coventry University on Wednesday 3rd July 2013.

The aim of the conference was to prompt discussion about the policy tools and practical actions that are needed to support short food supply chains and in particular encourage innovation in the light of recent food scares and the consistent interest in sourcing ‘local’ foods. Acknowledging that many cities have developed policies to promote short food chains and that the European Commission is interested in the potential of this sector to improve small farmer incomes and deliver high quality foods, the conference included speakers who could share experiences from a range of European countries.

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May 7, 2014   Comments Off

BBC2’s ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’

The great British rake off! Killer heels, yogic chanting, llama manure – they’re just some of the secret weapons rival gardeners resort to in BBC2′s Big Allotment Challenge

By Nicole Lampert
Daily Mail
4 April 2014

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We’ve had The Great British Bake Off, now it’s what you might call The Great British Rake Off as a new BBC show pits more members of the public – this time gardeners – against each other in the hobby they love.

And The Big Allotment Challenge is not for the weak-willed, insist the competitors – there are plenty of tears among the tomatoes and turnips.

‘This is the tough end of reality television,’ says Edd Curbishley, a Northamptonshire sales manager who competes in the show in partnership with his yoga teacher wife Harshani.

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April 27, 2014   Comments Off

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   Comments Off

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   Comments Off

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

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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   Comments Off

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

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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