Category — europe
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.
May 2, 2016 No Comments
ECF Farmsystems GmbH – Consulting, planning and construction of aquaponics farm systems.
By Dagmar Zindel
ECF Farm systems
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.
April 29, 2016 No Comments
An empty Philips office block in the heart of The Hague is producing vegetables and fish on a commercial basis.
By Senay Boztas
Apr 22, 2016
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.’
April 26, 2016 No Comments
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
18 APR 2016
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.
April 22, 2016 No Comments
Ward 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
“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.
April 14, 2016 Comments Off on London industrial property eyed for urban garden
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.
April 6, 2016 Comments Off on Two urban agriculture job openings in Brussels, Belgium
A group of young farmers who call themselves Cows on Tour have completed a 300-mile round trip from Wales to London to teach inner-city children about farming.
By Tom Hart
Mar 30, 2016
Now in its second year, the annual event aims to educate children living in cities about where the food they eat comes from and ultimately canvas support from the next generation of consumers.
It’s hard for me to imagine growing up in a highly populated area, such as London, but for the children at Pakeman school, this is the norm and as a result, they don’t know how important this industry is in feeding the nation Abi Reader, Cows on Tour
April 4, 2016 Comments Off on Touring Welsh farmers educate city pupils about agriculture
Kitty effortlessly quoted one of her favourite lines from Lady Eve Balfour, herself an organic pioneer, “the health of the soil, plant and man are one and indivisible”.
By Grace Maher
Mar 23, 2016
Kitty Scully, the kitchen gardener at Airfield, explains why they opted to convert the food garden to organic production.
“Essentially we were gardening organically so we decided to take it a step further and apply for certification as it embodies best practice in growing food. On a personal level, I have an MSc in Organic Horticulture so really it is the only way that I know how to garden,” she says.
March 29, 2016 Comments Off on Interest in food production is on the rise among Ireland’s city dwellers
These combine vertical aquaponics and permaculture to create all-year-round food production solutions.
By Kevin Morgan-Rothschild
Supply Chain Manager
March 17, 2016
The purpose is to empower citizens to achieve independence from industrial agriculture. The solutions allow users to grow fish, leafy greens, herbs, as well as fruiting vegetables.
The ingenious solution grows up to 500 lbs of fresh vegetables annually as well as 1 to 2 lbs of fish a week through the employment Bright Agrotech’s space saving and productive Zipgrow towers.
March 17, 2016 Comments Off on France-based “myfood” is releasing thirty beta-versions of their turnkey Smart greenhouses
The company claims the storage capacity is comparable to that of 20 standard refrigerators, meaning it can hold up to 500 kilograms of food.
Designed by Floris Schoonderbeek
Award winner 2015
(Must see. Mike)
Before fridges and electricity existed, digging a hole in the ground was just one of the many ways people went about preserving their perishables. Despite taking its cues from this old method, the Ground Fridge still feels like a fresh idea.
March 7, 2016 Comments Off on Groundfridge – the ultimate root cellar
A One Day Conference on July 7th 2016 at the University of Warwick, UK
Urban gardening has long promised radical alternatives to industrialised food production and the organisation of modern urban spaces. Yet despite recent increases in popularity and a conspicuous proliferation of its forms, urban gardening appears to have had minimal material influence on how we eat or how we live.
March 5, 2016 Comments Off on Conference: ‘What does the future hold for urban gardening?’
Can Cork be a greener, healthier and more abundant food producing city?
By Veronica Barry
1.4. The report was developed with learning from Cork’s existing food growing initiatives across the city, and through conversations with a wide range of stakeholders, including community gardeners, food producers, voluntary sector groups, as well as people involved in strategy and service delivery within the public sector. It culminated in a stakeholder workshop, attended by 40 representatives from these groups. This approach has helped to show the potential for a people-centred vision for community food growing and urban agriculture in the city, and possible ways forward.
March 3, 2016 Comments Off on Report from Ireland: Growing Urban Agriculture in Cork
In the past few years, urban farming and community gardens have exploded in popularity in Paris, with miniature plots of land popping up on rooftops, in quiet corners and even on bustling avenues.
By Colette Davidson
Feb 18, 2016
The garden at Place Frehel: Perched in between the Menilmontant and Belleville neighborhoods, this community garden is a space to admire not only the budding plants and flowers, but also the area’s abundant street art. Large murals fill the walls surrounding the garden and the next-door Culture Rapide (103 Rue Julian Lacroix, just off of Rue de Belleville) is a great place to stop in for a coffee or beer, or hang out on the outdoor terrace.
February 29, 2016 Comments Off on 5 Urban Gardens and “Farms” in Paris, France
Forthcoming March 2016
By Perrine Hervé-Gruyer and Charles Hervé-Gruyer
Foreword by Eliot Coleman
Chelsea Green Publishing
Mar 23, 2016
The Bec Hellouin model for growing food, sequestering carbon, creating jobs, and increasing biodiversity without using fossil fuels
When Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer set out to create their farm in an historic Normandy village, they had no idea just how much their lives would change. Neither one had ever farmed before. Charles had been circumnavigating the globe by sail, operating a floating school that taught students about ecology and indigenous cultures. Perrine had been an international lawyer in Japan. Each had returned to France to start a new life. Eventually, Perrine joined Charles in Normandy, and Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin was born.
February 29, 2016 Comments Off on One Quarter Acre, Two French Farmers, and Enough Food to Feed the World
Betty O’Raw, a resident of O’Carroll Villas, is glad to see someone is finally caring for the space. Residents and ex-offenders maintain it together.
By Louisa Mcgrath
February 17, 2016
This year, spring might look a bit different from the windows of O’Carroll Villas on Cuffe Street in the south inner-city. On a patch of land below, work will soon be underway on a new vegetable garden.
Last summer, residents of the council flats met with local city councillor Sonya Stapleton, who at the time was with People Before Profit but is now independent, and members of the Dublin-based charity Care After Prison (CAP), which helps rehabilitate ex-offenders.
February 24, 2016 Comments Off on In Dublin’s Inner-City, Ex-Offenders And Residents Grow A Community Garden Together