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Famous Paris Department Store, Boulevard Haussmann, has Rooftop Food Garden

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Housing 150 plant varieties and a fully organic, chemical-free soilless cultivation system made from 5,400 square feet of hemp and wool panels that recycles its entire water usage.

By Trendstop.Com
June 17, 2015

Excerpt:

In Paris, Galeries Lafayette is taking up the challenge to make the city a more bio-diverse and eco-friendly place with a new urban farming initiative. The famous department store has teamed up with the French Association of Soilless Cultivation to create a hanging fruit and vegetable garden, which is the first instalment in an ongoing citywide project aiming to not only inspire city dwellers to ‘grow their own,’ but also to develop a new economic activity for the capital.

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June 30, 2015   No Comments

Oslo creates world’s first ‘highway’ to protect endangered bees

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Norway’s capital is creating a route filled with flowers and ‘green roofs’ to protect endangered pollinators essential to food production

Agence France-Presse
via The Guardian
25 June 2015

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From flower-emblazoned cemeteries to rooftop gardens and balconies, Norway’s capital Oslo is creating a “bee highway” to protect endangered pollinators essential to food production.

“We are constantly reshaping our environment to meet our needs, forgetting that other species also live in it,” Agnes Lyche Melvaer, head of the Bybi, an environmental group supporting urban bees, which is leading the project.

“To correct that we need to return places to them to live and feed,” she explained, sitting on a bench in a lush city centre square bursting with early Nordic summer growth.

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June 27, 2015   No Comments

Wageningen scientist in the Netherlands says community gardens are not always good for social cohesion

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Veen studied seven community gardens in Almere (two), Amsterdam, Assen, Leeuwarden, Rotterdam and Zutphen.

Horticulture Week
12 June 2015

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“It is often assumed that community gardens benefit the neighbourhood, but the gardens are also a ‘real world’ in which issues arise,” Veen said. “Municipalities, initiators of urban agriculture projects and other stakeholders should adjust their often high expectations. A neighbourhood community garden does not break through existing social structures just like that, and it is hard to bring people from different socio-economic backgrounds into contact with each other.” Veen’s research does show that neighbourhood community gardens allow people to get to know each other better and ask each other for help more easily.”

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UK university students learn to grow food

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Anthropology student Celia Briseid selling freshly harvested vegetables at Growhampton’s weekly market day. Photograph: Joel Williams

I helped out for several years on an allotment owned by a neighbour who didn’t have time to use her full plot.

By Tess Riley
The Guardian
May 25, 2015

Excerpt:

In 2013, Growhampton was one of 25 student union projects to be helped financially by the National Union of Students (NUS), as part of their students’ green fund. Growhampton combines training, volunteering and education in food growing for students at the University of Roehampton. It manages the Hive, an ethical cafe constructed from two former shipping containers and upcycled furniture.

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Group working to set up Oxford’s first city farm – UK

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City Farm supporters.

The Oxford City Farm group is one of 19 charities, groups and organisations from Oxfordshire trying to get the money from Aviva.

By Alex Wynick,
Oxford Mail
May 225, 2015

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The farm steering group, which is planning the farm for a site off Cornwallis Road, Cowley, has more than 4,000 votes so far.

Chairwoman Lucie Mayer said: “We want to transform the currently derelict farm site into a beautiful, innovative, inclusive, thriving and free to enter community space.

“This project is about bringing farming and a wide range of associated social and educational opportunities to the heart of East Oxford.

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Dublin’s Belvedere Farm – Secondary School Horticulture Project

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Indoor Greenhouse & Rooftop Growing – “GROWlab Urban Agricultural Education”

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Students at Belvedere College SJ are currently growing crops, farming fish and cultivating fungi in a glass-roofed science laboratory called the GROWlab,
featuring an aquaponic and hydroponic farm with an innovative system of teaching sustainability in the city, a year-round space where students can learn
about plant life cycles, green technology, and sustainable farming practices.

The GROWlab is chockablock with innovative solutions: rainwater catchment, wind energy, aquaponics, hydroponics, vertical growing, worm composting,
solar energy, advanced LED lighting, and environmental controls that let the students monitor conditions in the greenhouse and grow systems.

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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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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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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