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Denmark: ‘Noma’, The Most Famous Restaurant in The World, Will Open Its Mystery ‘Urban Farm’ Location in January!

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A Very Short Film About the Past, Present and Future of Noma from Rene Redzepi on Vimeo.

Founder Rene Redzepi says: “The new restaurant will be nestled in our own urban farm…. We will grow a significant amount of our produce. … A new place were we can build a farm right in the city.”

By Jeremy Repanich
Robb Report
September 15, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Restaurant delay due to ancient stone wall discovered during construction.

Bloomberg’s chief food critic, Richard Vines, was the first to tip people off to the delay, tweeting that the much-anticipated reopening of one of the world’s top restaurants wouldn’t happen until mid-January.

But this delay isn’t happening because of problems with personnel, new menu development, or construction workers going on strike; it was a much more peculiar reason. Noma has now released a statement to explain what exactly happened:

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September 16, 2017   No Comments

Agricultura Urbana – Espacios de Cultivo para una Ciudad Sostenibles

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Urban Agriculture – Spaces of Cultivation for a Sustainable City

By Graciela Arosemena
Editorial Gustavo Gili, S.L.; 1 edition
2012. 128 pages.

Excerpt from review by François Mancebo, PhD:

In her short book Urban Agriculture, Graciela Arosemena, gives an overview of urban agriculture’s history until the great rupture and asks a question: Now that agriculture has moved outside the city, is it time to bring it back again? Her answer is “yes”, for many reasons which she associates with the idea of making cities more sustainable. In her vision, urban agriculture can stop the vicious circle of real estate speculation, provide a healthy leisure, foster social cohesion, support a new management of organic waste to reduce city’s ecological footprint and provide food security—if not complete self-sufficiency—by allowing citizens to consume locally grown vegetables and ripe fruits.

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September 13, 2017   No Comments

Urban Farming Vertical Growing System in Germany

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Das vertikale Anbau-System aponix: Die Höhe und damit die Anzahl der Pflanzplätze der Tonnen-Aufbauten sind variabel. Foto: Manticore IT GmbH

Eigentlich arbeitet Marco Tidona als Software-Entwickler. Ein Zufall brachte ihn dazu, sich mit der Urban Farming-Szene in New York vertraut zu machen. Jetzt führt Tidona aponix – ein vertikales Anbau-System für den Gartenbau – auf den Markt, das Produktion und Konsument näher zusammenrücken lassen soll.

Taspo Online
26.06.2017

Excerpt:

Wie kommt man als Software-Entwickler darauf, ein vertikales Anbau-System für den Gartenbau zu entwerfen?

Als damals 1999 der Neue Markt und das Internet so richtig durchstartete, wurde ich Dienstleister. Heute bin ich wieder bereit, mit einem neuen Markt zu starten, allerdings diesmal mit einem Produkt für den Bereich Vertical Urban Farming. Ich habe 2014 zunächst privat eine Aquaponik-Kreislaufanlage mit 4.000 Liter Wasser und 100 Tilapia aufgesetzt und dabei die Menge an Pflanzen unterschätzt, die notwendig gewesen wären, ein Gleichgewicht zu den immer höher konzentrierten Nitrat-Werten in der Anlage her zu stellen.

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September 11, 2017   No Comments

Paris embellishes skyline with organic rooftop farms

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The organic farm perched on top of the RATP-building in eastern Paris is one of the first commercial rooftop cultivation grounds in Paris. Louise Nordstrom, FRANCE 24.

Metro operator RATP became one of the first companies to host a commercial farm on one of its roofs.

By Louise Nordstrom
France 24
Sept 2, 2017

Excerpt:

The farm was started in July this year after a 2016 call by the City of Paris for a series of urban agriculture projects to make the city more environmentally sustainable. By 2020, Paris aims to have transformed 33 hectares, or 330,000 square metres, of its unused urban space into urban agriculture.

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September 8, 2017   Comments Off on Paris embellishes skyline with organic rooftop farms

UK: Heartbroken gardener stages sit-in protest after facing allotment eviction

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Anke Wellhausen pictured at her allotment plot in Cavendish Road, Carlton.

Anke Wellhausen says she is being booted off the Robin Hood Allotments in Cavendish Road because her gardening techniques are not conventional.

By Matt Jarram
Nottingham Post
Aug 31, 2017

Excerpt:

She told the Post: “I would not say I was a bad gardener. I would love to know the reason for the eviction. I have only been given the standard phase which is non-cultivation.

“I have planted lots of new plants, I have put ground cover. It was overgrown when I took it on.

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September 3, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Heartbroken gardener stages sit-in protest after facing allotment eviction

Glasgow’s Community Gardens: Sustainable Communities of Care

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Community gardens are not yet embedded in place or institutions – their immediate future is precarious in many cases.

Dr John Crossan
Professor Deirdre Shaw
Professor Andrew Cumbers
Professor Robert McMaste
University of Glasgow 2015

Excerpt:

The potential for community gardening is high in old industrial cities where the loss of manufacturing industry has resulted in vast areas of unused spaces. Glasgow is a particularly pertinent case with 1300 hectares of vacant and derelict land, representing 4% of its total land area and comprising 925 individual sites. As a result over 60% of Glasgow City’s population lives within 500 metres, and over 90% within 1000 metres, of a derelict site. This is important when considering issues of social and environmental justice, as most of the vacant and derelict land can be found in the most deprived areas of the city, thus, disproportionately affecting the poorest citizens (see Map 1).

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August 28, 2017   Comments Off on Glasgow’s Community Gardens: Sustainable Communities of Care

Growing in Glasgow: Innovative practices and emerging policy pathways for urban agriculture

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3 Hills Community Garden.

In this paper, we present an exploratory case study of UA practice on the Southside of Glasgow, UK that traced the emergence and development of four UA projects.

By James T. White and Christopher Bunn,
Land Use Policy
Vol 68, Nov 2017

Highlights

Paper explores four projects in Glasgow, Scotland that reveal a diversity of UA practices.

Negotiating access to land and securing long-term funding are common challenges for local UA practitioners.

UA practitioners in Glasgow seek to re-purpose vacant and derelict land, build social cohesion and contribute to environmental and food sustainability.

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August 27, 2017   Comments Off on Growing in Glasgow: Innovative practices and emerging policy pathways for urban agriculture

UK: Flock brought in to graze across from Buckingham Palace

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Six rare breed sheep have been chauffeured in for a daily shift of munching.

Woolly visitors part of a conservation effort aimed at increasing biodiversity in London’s Green Park

By Margaret Evans
CBC News
Aug 25, 2017

Excerpt:

There’ve been some unusual visitors to the royal postal code in London over the past week — a crack team of modern choppers brought in to help trim some troublesome patches of meadow in Green Park, just opposite Buckingham Palace.

“These are London sheep, these are,” Davis says. “Born and bred in the East End.” Davis said he’s proud to be re-introducing agriculture to the city.

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August 25, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Flock brought in to graze across from Buckingham Palace

Northern Ireland’s ‘The Gardening Group’ has thousands of followers across Facebook and YouTube

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I spent between the years of 30 and 39 looking for something to do with my extra spare time as my children had grown up and so I fell in love with gardening,” says Bill Love

By Darryl Armitage
Newsletter
Aug 14, 2017

Excerpt:

“There is something very special sitting on your allotment on a summer’s evening with a glass of wine and listening to the birds sing, it’s pure heaven.”

For anyone thinking about taking on an allotment Bill has this advice.

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August 20, 2017   Comments Off on Northern Ireland’s ‘The Gardening Group’ has thousands of followers across Facebook and YouTube

Northern Ireland: People can work together on a peaceful, positive and productive activity

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Susan Lynn is the Northern Ireland development manager for the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and is based in east Belfast.

‘Allotments are fantastic, you can grow so much on a small space’

By Darryl Armitage
Newsletter
Aug 11, 2017

Excerpt:

Remembering her childhood growing up in Ballycastle she says that she had a connection with homegrown food from an early age.

She says: “Back home we had a great garden and I spent a lot of time among our apple trees. We called it the orchard, although that would probably be stretching it. I remember climbing the trees and then mum making apple pie – I think this is the first connection of homegrown food and for a kid apple tart is much more appealing than a plate of broad beans.”

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August 17, 2017   Comments Off on Northern Ireland: People can work together on a peaceful, positive and productive activity

Switzerland: Allotments. My Plot Of Land

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Murat and Birsen Lavanur, from Turkey. “We have had the allotment for two years and we still have to learn a lot. Our kids can spend some time in nature and can run around freely.”

In Switzerland, amateur gardeners joined up to form associations, which led to the creation of a Swiss umbrella association in 1925. Now, 24,500 members and the equivalent of around 900 football fields belong to the Swiss Association of Allotment Gardeners.

Photographs and text, Ester Unterfinger, swissinfo.ch
Production, Felipe Schärer Diem, Sylvie Stark
Swiss Broadcasting Organization
Aug 8, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

For years, allotment gardens were considered a symbol of the Swiss bourgeoisie, but times have changed. Now, people of all nations appreciate them as place to withdraw and relax. Vito from Italy, Birsen from Turkey, Vaz from Portugal and other allotment enthusiasts talk about their individual plots of land.

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August 11, 2017   Comments Off on Switzerland: Allotments. My Plot Of Land

Edinburgh and Glasgow plan a community food growing revolution

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A team from Possil health centre in Glasgow tend to their allotment box. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Scotland’s largest local authority is already planning ahead by speaking with residents on how they can grow food in their own neighbourhoods.

By Chris Mccall
Scotsman
Aug 3, 2017

Excerpt:

The consultation by Glasgow City Council attracted hundreds of responses from individuals and community groups, the results of which will now be analysed before being presented to councillors.

“We are delighted with the level of response,” a council spokeswoman told The Scotsman. “This shows how excited Glaswegians are about all sorts of food growing opportunities.”

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August 11, 2017   Comments Off on Edinburgh and Glasgow plan a community food growing revolution

UK: Urban farming project makes BBC Countryfile debut

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Dr Jens Thomas and Dr Paul Myers with BBC presenter James Wong at the Guild’s rooftop farm.

The programme highlighted how Farm Urban uses aquaponics as an educational tool to teach local people about hi-tech future food systems, inspire them to connect with their environment and empower them to make positive and informed choices.

The University of Liverpool
Aug 2, 2017

Excerpt:

A pioneering social enterprise founded by two University of Liverpool scientists is featured on the latest episode of the BBC’s Countryfile.

Farm Urban develops and tests the most efficient ways to grow food in urban environments, focusing primarily on aquaponics systems, which grow fish and vegetables simultaneously in a closed-loop ecosystem.

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August 8, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Urban farming project makes BBC Countryfile debut

Europe: The only vegetable gardener in Monaco

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Jessica Sbaraglia with Prince Albert II. Source: www.rfj.ch

With her blond hair, a model’s physique (her former craft) and a sweet personality, skeptics thought her project wouldn’t last 6 months when Jessica Sbaraglia chose to mount “Earth of Monaco” (Terre de Monaco), an Urban agriculture company.

Hello Monaco
July 31, 2017

Excerpt:

“Few people believed in the project in the beginning,” she confessed. But the results are there. A year later, it has nearly 1,400 m2 of cultivated farming in the Principality. Jessica Sbaraglia became the first, and the only, market gardener on Monegasque soil. Successful gamble in a place where concrete is king. She even grows tomatoes, courgettes and aromatic herbs at the foot of the Odeon tower. The owners of the building offered her 450 square meters in the Odeon’s garden at the foot of the tower.

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August 2, 2017   Comments Off on Europe: The only vegetable gardener in Monaco

Romania: ‘Kaufland Romania’ shops to turn roofs, parking lots into urban gardens

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The food retailer announced that the vegetables, fruit, flowers will be used by the community.

By Georgeta Gheorghe
Business Review
July 18, 2017

Excerpts:

The company presented the results of the first study on the presence of urban gardening in Romania. According to the survey, 7 out of 10 Romanians are involved in urban gardening, by cultivating at their home vegetables, greens or fruit, in order to enjoy natural produce. While the balcony is the preferred spot for urban gardening for almost 50 percent of Romanians, 14 grow their produce in front of their block of flats, 8 percent in the suburbs and the rest headed for areas outside of the cities.

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July 26, 2017   Comments Off on Romania: ‘Kaufland Romania’ shops to turn roofs, parking lots into urban gardens