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‘Generation rent’ neglecting their gardens, warns Royal Horticulture Society

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rentThere has been an increase in younger tenants, known as ‘Generation Rent’ Credit: Jeffrey Blackler/Alamy.

The Royal Horticulture Society last year launched its Greening Grey Britain campaign with the launch of Europe’s biggest community gardening campaign and a three year target to transform 6,000 grey spaces into thriving gardens.

By Patrick Sawer
Telegraph
21 May 2016

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“Gardens are good for our towns and cities. This reduction of plants in front gardens and increase in grey is harmful for wildlife reducing their homes and food sources,” said Ms Biggs.

“It is also damaging for the nation’s health linked to increasing pollution and increasing temperatures during heat waves and puts our homes at more risk from flooding.”

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May 26, 2016   No Comments

Budepest: Community gardens provide a piece of nature in the big city

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There are already 38 community gardens in Budapest, and Grundk3rt is one of them.

By Lilith Grull
Budapest Times
21. May 2016

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The members of Grundk3rt are a colourful bunch. The oldest member is 80 years old and regularly brings along her small grandchildren. Many different jobs are represented ranging from zookeepers to engineers – even a few non-governmental organisations joined the community.
Népi ?sgyógyászat (pictured), Menedék Migránsokat Segít? Egyesület and Messzelátó Egyesület have a parcel in the garden. The NGO Menedék Migránsokat Segít? Egyesület deals with helping migrants, and they regularly bring along some of them to do gardening work. Messzelátó Egyesület on the other hand deals with naturopathy. They plant only herbs and they give tours through their medical forest in Grundk3rt.

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May 22, 2016   No Comments

The adaptation of urban farms to cities: The case of the Alella wine region within the Barcelona Metropolitan Region

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Societal benefits of wineries are remarkable, but could be still enhanced in comparison to other case studies of peri-urban farms in Spain or European metropolitan areas.

By Xavier Recasens, Oscar Alfranca, Luis Maldonado
Land Use Policy
Volume 56, November 2016, Pages 158–168

Abstract:

Urban agriculture plays an important role in maintaining the urban- rural fringe. Agriculture produces both agricultural goods and non-market goods, so it is important to preserve agricultural activities and keep farmers in these peri-urban areas. Cities are not only a threat to agricultural activities but can also provide opportunities for farmers to offer products and services demanded by citizens. The aim of this work is to determine whether the wineries in a peri-urban wine region have adapted their business models in response to their proximity to cities/citizens.

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May 19, 2016   No Comments

Urban Gardening in Berlin

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Touren zu den neuen Gärten der Stadt Unterwegs in Berlin

By Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen
192 Seiten, 184 Abb., 135 x 210 mm, Paperback
Februar 2016

Mitten in der Stadt wohnen und trotzdem das eigene Gemüse anpflanzen, pflegen und ernten: Großer Luxus, der manchmal sogar in einer kleinen Kiste wächst. Die Idee des Urban Gardening kam bereits Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts auf und wird in Berlin seit einigen Jahren wieder kultiviert. Dieses Buch führt den Leser zu über 70 sehenswerten Berliner Gartenprojekten, stellt unterschiedliche Konzepte des Urban Gardening vor und verrät, wo sich ganz besondere Gärten verbergen.

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May 18, 2016   No Comments

UK Pub that transformed beer garden into allotments already has waiting list for plots

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ubsJan Parker-Brooks, of the Stork Tavern pub in Halliwell.

The garden, which has been named The Little Spuds Allotments is aimed at children and the grandmother-of-four said she is “overwhelmed” at the response to it.

By Kate McMullin
The Bolton News
May 9, 2016

Excerpt:

he allotments are open during pub hours for regulars and members of the public, while families that look after a lot have been given a key to the garden in order to maintain their patch.

A full range of vegetables have already been planted such as sweetcorn, potatoes, onions, lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, peas, broccoli and broad beans.

Mrs Brooks, aged 56, added: “It’s a great opportunity for children, to give them something to focus on and teach them some responsibility.

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May 17, 2016   No Comments

Organic gardens in schools in Serbia

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Organic gardering in schools from Zoran Mitrovi? on Vimeo.

Project Proposal

By Zoran Mitrovi
May 2016

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What we want to do

We want to use our knowledge and to show kids how to grown up healthy food, how to protect and care about environment. At the moment we see that in era of «smart devices» nature losing the race, our children are more in virtual world than in real life. The problem is big and solutions are everywhere, we just need to go out and show the kids really satisfaction.

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Community garden workers in Manchester strip off for World Naked Gardening Day

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The team are hoping to raising enough money to install solar panels on the shop roof and need £3,000 to kickstart the process.

By Beth Abbit
Manchester Evening News
May 7, 2016

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A team of gardeners have thrown caution to the wind taking on their horticultural duties in the buff once again.

Staff at Hulme Community Garden Centre caused a stir when they posed in nothing but their birthday suits for World Naked Gardening Day last year.

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European Research network helps set up online course on urban agriculture entrepreneurship

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The COST Action helped improve the understanding of different urban agriculture practices across Europe – it presented over 200 case studies, reviewed the Common Agriculture Policy and enabled collaboration between the private and public sectors.

Press Release
27 April 2016

Researchers involved in COST-funded Urban Agriculture Europe (UAE) network have helped develop a course meant to equip university students, SMEs, public authorities and NGOs with the right know-how to build on business opportunities and tap into the economic potential of agriculture innovation in urban areas.

UAE member Dr Wolf Lohrberg (South-Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany) is now part of Erasmus+ project Urban Green Train, a network of SMEs and public authorities in Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands. His focus on entrepreneurial models of urban agriculture during the Urban Agriculture Europe Action benefited this new collaboration, which led to the online course covering topics such as plant production, resource management, financing modes and market analysis . The course also promotes innovative technologies and eco-friendly products.

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The Guardian: Greenhouse in the sky – inside Europe’s biggest urban farm

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urbgUrbanFarmers’ greenhouse is ‘an example of cities reconnecting with food’, says Jan Willem van der Schans. Photograph: space & matter

“I always refer to the debates about parks in the city in the past. I think in 100 years, urban agriculture will be as normal as the city parks we have today.”

By Senay Boztas
The Guardian
Apr 27, 2016

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De Schilde, a brick-and-glass flanked seven-storey building, was built as a television and telephone factory for Philips in the 1950s by the modernist architect Dirk Roosenburg. It has about 12,400 sq m of total floor space, largely abandoned but too solid and expensive to knock down. In the Netherlands, 18% of offices are empty, due to the two last economic crises and cuts in the size of government. Dr Hilde Remøy of Delft University of Technology has predicted office vacancy in the Netherlands will soon reach 25%, the highest in Europe. According to Cushman & Wakefield’s global office forecast 2015-16, the European average will be about 10%.

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Urban Agriculture Europe – the book

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Case studies from Barcelona, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Sofia, Warsaw, and the Ruhr metropolis

By Frank Lohrberg, Lilli Li?ka, Lionella Scazzosi, Axel Timpe (eds.)
Available in bookstores or directly at Jovis publishers in December 2015. The book will be available in the United States and Canada through artbooks / D.A.P in March 2016

How can agriculture contribute to the sustainable development of European cities? How can agriculture and horticulture create vital urban spaces that have new social and ecological qualities and are also economically viable?

Urban Agriculture Europe is the first comprehensive, transdisciplinary publication about Urban Agriculture in Europe. Apart from well-known examples of urban food gardens in western European metropolises, this volume also studies innovative forms of agriculture on the urban periphery, bringing in experiences in eastern and southern Europe.

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May 2, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Europe – the book

Deutsche Welle: German Indoor Urban Agriculture – video report

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ECF Farmsystems GmbH – Consulting, planning and construction of aquaponics farm systems.

By Dagmar Zindel
Eco Africa
ECF Farm systems
11.04.2016

ECF Aquaponics Method
In ECF aquaponic farming systems, the process of both rearing fish and growing vegetables operates as a fully integrated and complementary system. Through this course of producing high-quality fish, water is enriched with valuable nutrients that are then passed into the greenhouse, providing the plants with natural minerals and fertilizer.

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Netherlands: Farming fish and vegetables on a The Hague office rooftop

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An empty Philips office block in the heart of The Hague is producing vegetables and fish on a commercial basis.

By Senay Boztas
Dutch News
Apr 22, 2016

Excerpts:

This dilapidated, 1950s office block in the middle of The Hague, is growing something astonishing: on its sixth floor is a 370 sqm fish farm, while the roof has been converted to a 1,200 sqm greenhouse for vegetables, making this Europe’s largest commercial urban farm.

‘I grew up on a farm in Aberdeenshire,’ says Durno. ‘One of my jobs as a six-year-old was to pick up the milk for the morning breakfast from the dairy. The only thing I got excited about was that the cream separated. We have this disconnect with what fresh is, instead of enjoying the fact that we have a good quality, fresh product in our mouths without questioning it.’

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This man transformed a derelict plot of land into a garden in one of Wales’ most-deprived areas

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lawalTeaching assistant Andrew James from Caerau, Maesteg, transformed a derelict plot of land into a garden with the help of the community.

Having worked at his first allotment with his dad at the age of 10, he was now ready for the challenge of transforming the neglected wasteland into a working community garden.

By Abby Bolter
Wales Online
18 APR 2016

Excerpt:

Whilst most people headed home at the end of the working day, Andrew picked up a shovel and headed to the garden.

His efforts galvanised an entire army of volunteers – 45 at the last count – and attracted the attention of Bridgend Communities First, the Welsh Government funded organisation charged with lifting people out of poverty and tackling social exclusion.

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London industrial property eyed for urban garden

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lonfreeWard 1 councillor Michael Van Holst stands in a 25 acre field, owned by Accuride, which he hopes will become an urban agricultural project space. The land, which had previously been farmed, now sits unused and could be an incubator for agriculture-related social enterprises, Van Holst says. Craig Glover/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network.

An urban garden may be in store for an east London industrial property where steel wheels are made, if a city councillor has his way.

By Norman DeBono
The London Free Press
April 8, 2016

Excerpt:

“There are a lot of ideas we have been working on. . . We don’t have a grocery store in this neighbourhood and we have a high level of poverty. Fresh food is limited,” Wills said.

The resource centre can mobilize the community and get volunteers, she said.

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Two urban agriculture job openings in Brussels, Belgium

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Aquaculture senior position, Supervisory fish biologist and Technical hydroponics expert

BIGH (Building Integrated Greenhouses) develops rooftop urban farms in cities as an implementation tool for
circular economy, to ultimately increase real estate value and enhance quality of life in the city. BIGH builds these
farms and operates them. The first site which was built atop the old slaughterhouse and Foodmet site in
Anderlecht, will be operating within a few months. In the near future BIGH will develop 8 other farms in Brussels,
and in other European cities like Paris and Lyon.

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