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Denmark: Urban gardening system ‘Growmore’ helps city dwellers build mini local farms?

As well as food production, the system is designed to create a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.

By Sebastian Jordahn
Dezeen
Jan 5, 2018
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Excerpt:

a modular farming system called GrowMore, which allows people living in cities to build and maintain mini farms made from a series of simple plywood planters.

Designed by danish firm Husum & Lindholm Architects, Growmore structures can be assembled using six plywood components. The system is designed for people living in cities to utilise unused urban space for local food production.

“Growmore is an urban gardening modular design that enhances our awareness on local production,” the architects said. “It consists of very few elements, which makes it possible to build in any given context.”?

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January 11, 2018   No Comments

Ireland: The Social Hops Project

The Social Hops Project, a community hop-growing project founded in 2016, is the brainchild of Andrew Douglas, best known for setting up Dublin’s Urban farm.

By Gabrielle Monaghan
Independent IE
December 25 2017

Excerpt:

The Social Hops Project, a community hop-growing project founded in 2016, is the brainchild of Andrew Douglas, best known for setting up Dublin’s Urban farm.

The three-year project is aimed at illustrating the need for more local hop production and reducing the beer miles associated with importing hops. The collective hop-growing initiative was partly inspired by a London-based project called Palace Pint, which encourages beer-lovers to plant a few hop plants in their garden or in pots on their balcony or patio.

At Social Hops, individual growers pick up a starter pack that includes a hop rhizome, training string for the tall plants, organic fertiliser and instructions for planting every March at The Bernard Shaw pub in Dublin.

The growers then meet back at the pub in September to harvest the fruits of their work and share beer and pizza. The hops are passed on straight away to Rascals Brewing, which rewards the volunteers with a local wet-hopped beer made with the hops at another session in October. The beer is then sold on the market to help the brewer recover its production costs.

Read the complete article here.

See Social Hops.

December 31, 2017   Comments Off on Ireland: The Social Hops Project

Sweden: Plantagon CityFarm plans to create a network of underground urban farms

The system will save the office building 700,000 kilowatt-hours of energy a year, worth roughly three times as much as the previous tenant of the basement was paying in rent.

By Adele Peters
Fast Company
Dec 5, 2017

Excerpt:

Underneath a 26-floor office tower in Stockholm, an underground space once used as an archive for a newspaper will soon become a farm. And because of a unique business model, the urban farmers growing greens in the new farm won’t pay rent–their farm will pay for itself in heat.

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December 15, 2017   Comments Off on Sweden: Plantagon CityFarm plans to create a network of underground urban farms

Inside a farm hidden under the streets of Paris in an abandoned parking garage

Since late 2016, La Caverne/Cycloponics has grown vegetables in a 37,700-square-foot farm underneath the streets of Paris.

By Leanna Garfield
Business Insider
Dec 6, 2017

Excerpt:

It’s an underground farm by La Caverne/Cycloponics, a local indoor farming startup that harvests lettuce, herbs, and mushrooms in a space it calls la caverne (the cave).

The 10-person team calls its farm “the cave.” It’s located beneath a 300-unit affordable housing complex. The space was formerly an abandoned parking garage.

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December 9, 2017   Comments Off on Inside a farm hidden under the streets of Paris in an abandoned parking garage

Sofia, Bulgaria: “Urban agriculture as a strategy for improving the quality of life of urban communities”

The main conclusion that can be drawn at this stage of the research is that the potential of UA to provide meaningful social, economic and environmental contributions to the quality of life of urban communities is undoubted by the key UA stakeholders.

By a Professional team of sociologists, economists, and experts in environmental studies, landscape architecture and urban studies
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Nov 2017

Excerpt:

The main findings of the research so far can be summarized under the following main points:

1. The variety of urban agriculture activities with social, economic, ecological and educational significance in Sofia includes initiatives with various functions:
educational functions (in kindergartens, schools, universities);
social functions (communal garden projects);
science and research functions (experimental fields at universities and science institutions);
commercial functions (small family farms, mostly in the peri-urban fringe).

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December 7, 2017   Comments Off on Sofia, Bulgaria: “Urban agriculture as a strategy for improving the quality of life of urban communities”

Northern Ireland: Loyalist bonfire site transformed into £285,000 allotment in Belfast

The Rathfern Activity Area on a former loyalist bonfire site. Picture by Mal McCann

The Rathfern Activity Area includes 28 allotments

Brendan Hughes
Irish News
13 November, 2017

Excerpt:

In previous years the site has been used for an annual Eleventh Night bonfire.

The pyre in July was moved onto land adjacent to the new activity site while work on the council-funded projected continued.

A sign on a newly landscaped area of the activity site encourages people to “keep the park clean and free from litter”.

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November 18, 2017   Comments Off on Northern Ireland: Loyalist bonfire site transformed into £285,000 allotment in Belfast

Germany: Roof Water-Farm in Berlin

The German research project Roof Water-Farm (2013-2017) explores ways of combining building-integrated wastewater treatment with urban food production

From their website:

Roof Water-Farm demonstrates paths towards innovative city water management and urban food production. Potentials and risks of redesigning across sectors of infrastructure are explored and communicated.

The research association investigates opportunities for building-integrated water treatment systems to irrigate and fertilize roof-top greenhouses. Technologies for water treatment and aquaponics (plant and fish cultivation) will be examined at a demonstration and test site in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The research focuses on a hygienically safe usage of rainwater, greywater and blackwater as both a strategy for city water management and a potential for urban food production.

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Finland: Farming the city. Creating opportunities for urban agriculture in Helsinki. How can architects engage?

(Photo via Sophia E. Hagolani-Albov, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland)

Architects can contribute as facilitators in the discourse. They can have different roles: as initiators when creating favourable conditions for a practice to start and operate, as mediators between practitioners, authorities and citizens, as well as curators or advisors supporting UA practices.

By Moinel, Caroline
School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master’s thesis
Aalto University
2017

Abstract:

This master’s thesis explores urban agriculture typologies and their respective potentials to increase urban quality of life, ecosystem services, and urban experiences for citizens; while also analysing how architects can contribute to create opportunities for the development of urban agriculture.

Urban agriculture has remerged in developed cities over the last fifteen years in a variety of forms and scales, empowering people to access local and healthy food, while creating a sense of place and community. The contemporary movement of urban agriculture started as a response to global sustainability challenges and a strong wish to place food at the centre of urban agendas. This re-emergence also reflects an ongoing participatory urban culture movement and the redefinition of public urban spaces and urban life.

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November 11, 2017   Comments Off on Finland: Farming the city. Creating opportunities for urban agriculture in Helsinki. How can architects engage?

UK: Man bought 55lb of fertiliser and got a visit from the terror police

The 47-year-old’s eBay order of a 55lb sack of explosive calcium nitrate fertiliser and growing tubes was flagged to police as potential terrorist activity

By Andy Dolan
The Daily Mail
Nov 3, 2017

Excerpt:

As an award-winning vegetable grower, John Handrahan-Cook will go to any length to produce the perfect crops.

But an online purchase of fertiliser and pipes for his super-sized onions, runner beans and radishes produced unexpected results – a visit to his semi-detached house by police.

The 47-year-old’s eBay order of a 55lb sack of explosive calcium nitrate fertiliser and growing tubes – together with more fertiliser, screws and plastic sheeting to build an onion house – was flagged to police as potential terrorist activity.

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November 11, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Man bought 55lb of fertiliser and got a visit from the terror police

Belgium: Delhaize Opens First Store Rooftop Farm In In The Country

Ahold Delhaize is one of the world’s largest food retail groups, a leader in supermarkets and e-commerce, and a company at the forefront of sustainable retailing.

Ahold Delhaize website
Oct 19, 2017
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Excerpt:

October 19, 2017 –Delhaize Belgium is testing an innovative “urban farm” on the roof of one of its stores in the Brussels area. The farm, consisting of a garden and a greenhouse, will allow Delhaize customers to buy freshly picked vegetables that are grown exclusively on-site. The brand is the first supermarket in Belgium to grow vegetables atop one of its stores, highlighting Delhaize’s long-term commitment to provide local, sustainable products while lowering CO2 emissions from less distribution.

For 2017, Delhaize is growing five kinds of lettuce – including baby leaf and watercress – with 5,200 plants by the end of the season. Next year, additional types of vegetables will be available, such as tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini.

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October 20, 2017   Comments Off on Belgium: Delhaize Opens First Store Rooftop Farm In In The Country

The Netherlands: This Tiny Country Feeds the World

A sea of greenhouses surrounds a farmer’s home in the Westland region of the Netherlands. The Dutch have become world leaders in agricultural innovation, pioneering new paths to fight hunger. Click image to see larger file.

The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like.

By Frank Viviano
Photographs by Luca Locatelli
National Geographic
Sept 2017
(Must see photos. Mike)

Excerpt:

The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. How on Earth have the Dutch done it?

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October 13, 2017   Comments Off on The Netherlands: This Tiny Country Feeds the World

Raíces en el asfalto – Pasado, presente y futuro de la agricultura urbana

History of Urban Agriculture in Europe, in Spanish. The book is a Free PDF.

By José Luis Fernández Casadevante Kois y Nerea Morán
Libros en Acción
La editorial de Ecologistas en Acción,
Segunda edición, mayo 2016

Excerpt:

La primera parte será una historia de la forma en que se ha concebido la relación campo-ciudad en el urbanismo, aproximándonos a distintos modelos urbanísticos y territoriales que sirvan para contextualizar de forma nítida el marco en el que se integrarán las propuestas y actuaciones de agricultura urbana. Este recorrido nos llevará de los cercamientos de los bienes comunes a los orígenes de la ciu- dad industrial y sus problemas de habitabilidad, pasando por las utopías y teorías urbanas alternativas, como la ciudad jardín, que quisieron volver a reconciliar la ciudad con la agricultura. Un relato que continúa con el distanciamiento progresivo de las metrópolis de la actividad agraria, que siguió a la segunda guerra mundial de la mano del movimiento moderno y de la revolución verde. Terminando con la in uencia ecológista y las incipientes propuestas de reencuentro que se vienen proponiendo durante las últimas décadas.

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September 30, 2017   Comments Off on Raíces en el asfalto – Pasado, presente y futuro de la agricultura urbana

France: Post office workers grow vegetables, breed chickens on Paris rooftop “farm”

Click image to see larger file. Post office employees pose on a 900 square meters farm garden on the rooftop of their postal sorting center, as part of a project by Facteur Graine (Seed Postman) association to transform a city rooftop as a vegetable garden to grow fruits, vegetables, aromatic and medicinal plants, with also chickens and bees in Paris, France.

“We are postal workers who thought it was nice to be able to fulfil our dream, which is to work for a more edible city,” said Sophie Jankowski

Reporting by Sonia Ye and Clotaire Achi, writing by Sybille de La Hamaide; editing by Louise Heavens
Reuters
Sept 26, 2017

Excerpt:

An urban agriculture initiative to make Paris more environmentally sustainable, mainly through farming on the capital’s rooftops, has been such a success that the mayor is unveiling a new round of projects this week.

Rooftop farming has boomed in the past years from New York to Tokyo via London and Paris.

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September 28, 2017   Comments Off on France: Post office workers grow vegetables, breed chickens on Paris rooftop “farm”

Scotland: Veg theft from community garden ‘due to help yourself sign

Pollok Park gardener Paul Hilton inspects the damage at the vegetable allotment after a raid which saw thousands of vegetables stolen.

It sounds like the plot of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit where a host of vegetables disappear overnight.

The Scotsman
Sept 21, 2017

Excerpt:

But in the case of a vegetable “raid” from the walled garden at Pollok House in Glasgow, the likely culprit was not a giant Were-Rabbit, but more likely members of the public enjoying the 2017 Doors Open Day at the stately home.

However the incident on Sunday, which left the whole vegetable plot decimated, appears to be the result of a misunderstanding over a notice which said “Help yourself”.

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September 28, 2017   Comments Off on Scotland: Veg theft from community garden ‘due to help yourself sign

These Green Surfers in Ireland Turned a Small Garden into an Amazing Community Farm

Starting nearby with a back garden in 2012, then a 1/2 acre community garden, to a loaned 1 acre site, we kept working and saving to create what is now Moy Hill Farm: 17 acres bought in 2015 and run as a CSA

By Alan Stokes
The Inertia
Sept 18, 2017

Excerpt:

It’s no easy task but all of the work is done with a sustainable approach. Pigs help to rotavate the field and local seaweed and sand are used as opposed to fertilizers or pesticides. Everyone is invited to come and help grow and in return, when the harvest is done, is rewarded with the literal fruits (and vegetables) of their labour.

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September 25, 2017   Comments Off on These Green Surfers in Ireland Turned a Small Garden into an Amazing Community Farm