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New Book: ‘Raíces en el Asfalto: pasado, presente y futuro de la agricultura urbana’

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Roots in the Concrete: past, present and future of urban agriculture

By José Luis Fernández Casadevante, Kois and Nerea Morán
April 04, 2015

English:

City and countryside have kept profound links throughout history, so they cannot be understood separately. The book (in Spanish) Raíces en el Asfalto [Roots in the Concrete] follows this theme, tracking the urban theories and the main historical episodes in which social movements and local communities have grown food in the city.

From the first relief poor gardens to their appropriation by the worker’s culture, from victory gardens during the World Wars to nowadays economic and urban crisis… the book seeks for the aims and political significance of urban gardening developed by clergymen and noblemen, educators, social reformers, freethinkers, revolutionaries, unionists, artists, contra-cultural, neighbourhood & environmental movements…

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April 5, 2015   Comments Off on New Book: ‘Raíces en el Asfalto: pasado, presente y futuro de la agricultura urbana’

Berlin, Germany – First commercial aquaponics farm offering fish and vegetables has opened its doors.

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Berliner Start-Up ECF (photo: Maximilian Grosser)

Just a few days ago, he put 2,000 tilapia in the tanks.

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March 2015

The first commercial aquaponics farm offering fish and vegetables has opened its doors in Berlin. The small farm could be part of a bigger picture, as the world looks for sustainable ways to feed the world.

Tucked away behind a furniture store, a hardware store and a post office, you’ll find what could be the future of urban farming: What once was a brewery in Berlin has been turned into a creative hub for artists, startups – and a city farm.

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March 30, 2015   Comments Off on Berlin, Germany – First commercial aquaponics farm offering fish and vegetables has opened its doors.

GroCycle Online Course Will Bring Network of Mushroom Growers

Step-by-step instructions to turn anyone into a used coffee ground mushroom farmer

We decided to bring this ultra eco-friendly idea to the rest of the world with our GroCycle Online course. People from 15 countries have already joined us. It’s the first DIY program that gives step-by-step instructions to turn anyone into a used coffee ground mushroom farmer! We recently rolled out our Kickstarter campaign and received an amazing response from all over the world.

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March 30, 2015   Comments Off on GroCycle Online Course Will Bring Network of Mushroom Growers

Call for papers: ‘Urban community gardens from all over Europe’

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Agriculture in the City: the experience of urban gardens

Valentina Cattivelli – Éupolis Lombardia, Politecnico di Milano
Session Coordinator
March 2015
Vii Aisu Congress
Food And The City
Padua September 3rd – 4th – 5th, 2015

The territory is now the protagonist of significant transformations difficult to understand and government. The traditional dichotomous distribution of places between town and country is no longer adequate due to the spread of alternate contexts that disorderly combine both typically urban and rural features. The city extends far beyond its suburbs along its main roads, branching and containing islands of agglomerated settlements, deprived of identity, then “regroups” destroying the natural elements remained within the fabric. On the other hand, the countryside accepts these changes, by adapting and creating the conditions for the new localizing requirements, and diversifying agricultural activities to make them more multi-functional and profitable.

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March 5, 2015   Comments Off on Call for papers: ‘Urban community gardens from all over Europe’

‘Potager urbain’ – Urban Food Gardens

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Book in French on city farming

de Nicolas Bel (Auteur)
Relié: 288 pages
Editeur : Hachette Pratique (20 août 2014)

Excerpt from Brooklyn Grange article:

In addition to being the founder of Topager, Nicolas is also the author of the book on French urban ag (Potager Urbain), and an academic researcher at AgroParisTech (from what I gather, the French equivalent of Cornell’s College of Agriculture) and the farm I visited was essentially his data collection facility. At this particular location, he studies every measurable variable. First, he blended several soil mixes side-by-side to measure their productivity and health.

He also captures runoff via a simple “out spout” which drains into gallon water bottles, from which he collects samples on a regular basis. His methodology is incredibly thorough and it was exhilarating to meet such a focused and serious practitioner of our incredibly unique type of cultivation. We have a lot to learn from Nicolas and his colleagues at Topager, and only through an open exchange of information can we pioneers truly make progress.

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February 26, 2015   Comments Off on ‘Potager urbain’ – Urban Food Gardens

City Bees Are Actually More Diverse Than Country Bees

beeredA honeybee visits a flower in Bath, England (Nick Upton).

Other pollinators don’t like urban areas as much as rural, but bees live in similar numbers across different landscapes

By Marissa Fessenden
Smithsonian.com
February 12, 2015

Excerpt:

Katherine Baldock, of the University of Bristol, surveyed pollinator abundance across 36 different sites that spanned farmland, nature reserves and urban areas. Her team counted honey bees, bumble bees and other flying pollinators. The group found that each area had about the same amount of total pollinators. Even though urban areas might not seem like the ideal place for flower-loving bees, those landscapes held more diverse bee species, though the other pollinators were less diverse and numerous. Baldock and her colleagues published their findings in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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February 24, 2015   Comments Off on City Bees Are Actually More Diverse Than Country Bees

Practical guide ‘Rooftop greenhouses’

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English edition just published

ZFarming
Feb 2015

The practical guide on the idea, planning and implementation of rooftop greenhouses entitled “There’s something growing on the roof” has now been translated into English. It has been produced on the basis of the comprehensive and professional knowledge-output of the three-year research project “ZFarm – Urban Agriculture of the Future”.

It can either be used as an inspiration for developing ideas of rooftop farming, or it can even serve as practical assistance for planning and implementing a concrete greenhouse project.

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February 17, 2015   Comments Off on Practical guide ‘Rooftop greenhouses’

Update 23 – Resource Centre /Urban Agriculture/Food Security (RUAF)

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RUAF Update 23 – Feb 2015

Excerpt:

Ongoing activities
• GROW the City Cafés in the Netherlands
• UA Enterprise development in India
• Promoting market oriented urban agriculture in Gaza
• Urban food mapping and WASH in Burkina Faso and Ghana
• WASH progress in Nepal and Bangladesh and the World Water Day

New projects
• Urban Green Education for Enterprising Agricultural Innovation
• Support to the City of Milan and other cities in urban food planning
• Developing tools for mapping and assessing sustainable city region food systems
• Supporting enterprises for urban waste recycling for food production

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February 16, 2015   Comments Off on Update 23 – Resource Centre /Urban Agriculture/Food Security (RUAF)

Bessie, The Psychiatrist Who Finds Peace Of Mind At Stepney City Farm

Today the film goes live on ‘1000 Londoners’ – Bessie, Londoner #65

Directed by Ross Dickson
1000 Londoners
Feb 2015
(Must see. Mike)

“In my day job I’m a psychiatrist. There’s an overlap – sometimes when I’m at work and I’m with people that I’m supposed to be treating with medication and so forth, I say to them ‘have you got a local city farm?’ ” Bessie, Trustee at Stepney City Farm

Bessie moved to London from Adelaide about 20 years ago, and began working in social work with rough sleepers. She is now a psychiatrist and is also a Trustee on the board at Stepney City farm.

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February 12, 2015   Comments Off on Bessie, The Psychiatrist Who Finds Peace Of Mind At Stepney City Farm

Hortis – Europe: Berlin, Budapest, Bologna, Cartagena


A documentary about e.u. Hortis project. Community gardens in Berlin, dancing gardens in Bologna, a wide range of different green experiences in Spain and Hungary (Budapest).

Horticulture in towns for inclusion and socialization

Urban allotments, gardens in the peripheries, reconcile man with the nature.

The small urban gardens for horticultural purposes are widespread in Europe and have similar origins everywhere, linked to food production. Urban gardening activities can encourage lifelong learning among adults by fostering the acquisition of key competences that are fundamental for each individual in a knowledge-based society.
HORTIS will organize gardening courses and “green” events in each partner city.

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February 2, 2015   Comments Off on Hortis – Europe: Berlin, Budapest, Bologna, Cartagena

First urban farm in Ghent, Belgium

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The Ghent non-profit De Sleutel, which helps drug addicts get their lives back on track, has already agreed to take care of the chicken coop and the egg distribution.

Urban farming…in the city center. Across the street from one of the city’s biggest traffic spots is an urban farm, the city’s first. Opened this past April, the farm invites families to feed chickens, pick flowers, and enjoy the rural lifestyle in the city.

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December 24, 2014   Comments Off on First urban farm in Ghent, Belgium

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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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 on Vienna, Austria has added 530 hectares (1,310 acres) of fields and forests since WW2

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

TBI Vision
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 on Norwegian TV Show: “Farmer in the City”

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