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Gustolab Institute – Food & Media Course – Spring 2015 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Three accounts of the trajectory of one of Rome’s most celebrated vegetables, as it travels from a field to a market and then to a restaurant.
October 20, 2016 No Comments
The goal by 2020 is to green Paris on more than 100 hectares with a third devoted to urban agriculture
This article has been roughly translated by Google Translate from La Relève et La Peste
By Christophe Noël et Jean-Pierre Viguié / Mairie de Paris
Oct 6, 2016
Here’s good news! Passed unnoticed this summer, this law passed by the elected council of Paris on July 1, and allows Paris residents to acquire a permit to green/grow on the place that you like best! A very nice alternative to green our cities from the 100% concrete …
Paris is one of the least “green” capitals where one finds relatively little space and almost no real green lung, as there are in London or Central Park. The mayor of Paris has made a strong move this time with her 100% green proposal. We see real, bold proposals for the French capital. The goal by 2020 is to green Paris on more than 100 hectares. All alternatives are in the proposals. Roofs, walls and facades can and will be grown on, a third will be devoted to urban agriculture. This proposals is long overdue. The proposal was passed under a near media blackout.
October 19, 2016 No Comments
In the Urban Crops laboratory, up to 220 mature lettuce plants are produced each day in a 30-square-metre room using just five percent of the water required in traditional agriculture.
The Straits Times
Oct 9, 2016
Mr Vandecruys prides himself on the completely automated agro-system he has set up in Waregem, in eastern Belgium.
At the Urban Crops lab, a conveyor belt circulates containers of germinated plants which are placed in a special substrate, using no earth to reduce the risks of disease linked to animal-life and other external factors.
October 16, 2016 No Comments
They wanted to do something for the people in the town and the community gardens project in Bratislava inspired them.
The Slovak Spectator
Oct 8, 2016
“We were curious if the garden could survive at least one weekend. It worked and people started to use our garden quite often. We are really happy about it. If we have a chance, in a few months we will continue enlarging our garden,“ adds Barbora.
Along with traditional herbs such as mint, chives, parsley, basil, thyme, and rosemary, there are also special herbs like sage and echinacea.
October 15, 2016 No Comments
“It’s empowering. There’s lots of lads can’t get work, stuck in the gaff,” said Talpin. “Just by doing an activity together, it really clears your mind.”
By Lois Kapila
Oct 4, 2016
“We started to do guerrilla gardening, the idea that the garden will spill out into the community,” said Talpin, last Friday morning, gesturing towards the garden’s open gate.
They put plants in the nearby Oliver Bond flats, and he saw some teenagers watering them, the other day. “We’ve started painting the railings, to take the prison look off the place,” he says.
October 11, 2016 No Comments
On a jetty jutting into the River Thames, they’ve founded Farmopolis, a space to explore how this could work. The project forms the beginnings of a social, technological, and agricultural prototype for urban farming.
By Johanna Derry
Oct 3, 2016
Farmopolis is a project that’s been several years in the making and is still in its early days. Ring is a landscape architect and founder of Wayward, the practice behind projects like the Helsinki Plant Tram, a mobile garden, and the Union Street Orchard, a pop-up forest in south London.
October 10, 2016 No Comments
Denmark is making huge investments in urban agriculture, with some of the world’s leading architects and designers steering the way to a whole-systems, ecological approach to growing food.
By Jill Fehrenbacher
By Tafline Laylin
Oct 3 and Sept 15, 2016
William McDonough: The Agro Food Park is a whole complex right now with 75 companies, about 1000 people. It’s part of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and was opened in 2009, about 460,000 square feet. There’s about half a million square feet already in place with 75 companies, and they’re looking to expand and build an additional roughly three million square feet over the next 30 years. That’s what we’re doing here as the master plan and then conceiving how this sort of agricultural technology and food production thinking in Denmark can be expanded as commercial opportunities for people and their synergies. This is a place, literally, where people could be engaging in the business of feeding the world safe, healthy food. That, to us, is very exciting.
October 7, 2016 No Comments
Northfields Allotments plotholders have been informed by Pathways in recent weeks of their intentions to build over at least 10% of the nearly 200-year-old site, with further plans to construct a mix of social and private housing.
By Luke Bartlett
They is Local London
Sept 16, 2016
Francesca Bussey, Northfields resident and allotment owner, said: “We live in a social housing flat with no access to a garden of our own.
“In 18 months my daughter and I have transformed the plot from weeds and brambles to our own little patch of heaven.
September 25, 2016 Comments Off on UK: Residents rise up against’ plans to build over London’s oldest allotments
The gardens date back to the time of the Land Enclosures in the 1840’s when the land was given to poor cottage holders of Hucknall by the Duke of Portland.
By Pam Wilkinson
Sept. 14, 2016
Secretary Pam Wilkinson said: “We would like to record and present the history of this site and are asking for any stories, photos artefacts from the families of Hucknall.
“Generations of Hucknall families have since rented the allotments to provide much needed food for themselves and their families.
September 21, 2016 Comments Off on UK: Hucknall Allotment Holders Searching for Historic Records – begun in 1840’s
The mayor and consort had the time of their lives and even wanted to sign up for our forthcoming Green Gym where, with the help of volunteers, we’ll plant hundreds of daffodils on the adjacent green.
By Sarah Yates
Sept 1, 2016
The sale of seasonal vegetables, free-range eggs, garden plants and hanging baskets raised money to go towards the allotments, Pimhole Animal Sanctuary and a local charity which is yet to be decided.
Homemade cakes, tea, coffee, jams, pickles and chutneys were also popular at the allotment café.
September 8, 2016 Comments Off on Eden Gardens Allotment, Whitefield, UK welcomes the public
There are 16 “mini” allotments on-site, along with a toilet and communal storage unit, plus a community plot for use by pupils of the neighbouring Trinity Academy
By Brian Donnelly
Sept 1, 2016
Retired teacher Colin Finlayson managed to secure an allotment from the new batch after nine years on the waiting list.
He said there are benefits on top of having the healthy fresh produce he has grown such as potatoes, leaks, raspberries and strawberries.
September 7, 2016 Comments Off on New £50,000 allotments opened in Edinburgh
Andrew Douglas, with his potato plants of many different varieties. ‘Thank Potato’ potato collection is grown in up-cycled water cooler bottles and artificial grass off cuts, utilising waste stream materials to house and grow our potato plants.
Our main permanent feature is the growing and harvesting of over 180 different heritage and heirloom potatoes on the rooftop of a secondary school in Dublin city centre.
Why grow Potatoes as an urban food project?
The potato is the fourth most important food in the world. But so far, it has not featured prominently in the debate on food security. The potato crop is of key importance in that it provides high nutrition and is an adaptive species for climate change. Potatoes use less water per nutritional output than all other major food sources.
September 6, 2016 Comments Off on Ireland’s ‘Thank Potato’ Growers
Urban gardens, community gardens or small companies, the number of urban farming areas is growing quickly. But what are the environmental and social benefits that these initiatives can bring to cities?
Source Università di Bologna
Publication date 08/26/2016
“In cities such as Bologna, urban agriculture is blooming using vacant land in city centres, available areas in the suburbs or unused spaces on and between buildings. These urban food systems are commonly associated with environmental, social and economic benefits and SustUrbanFoods aims to develop an interdisciplinary methodological framework to assess their sustainability”, explained Esther Sanyé-Mengual, researcher at the University of Bologna, who follows the project. The final goal of the initiative is to provide tools and data for supporting policies and decisions towards local and green economies. In particular, SustUrbanFood aims to assess the sustainability of urban food systems with reference to the three dimensions: environment, society and economy.
September 3, 2016 Comments Off on Italy: University of Bologna has launched the study SustUrbanFoods
I’m also promoting the idea of workplace gardens to encourage business’ to use some of the land or roof space they have and encourage office bound staff to get outside and grow.
By Dee Sewell
Teaching Growth. Teaching Green
From Food For Cities Listserv
I am a horticulturalist teaching adults how to grow food in Ireland and volunteering as a founder member and chairperson of Community Gardens Ireland.
I started ‘Greenside Up’ back in June 2009 with the idea of visiting and teaching people in their own gardens who wanted to grow food without chemicals but weren’t sure how. The recession was beginning to take hold and it soon became apparent that group workshops for adults would be the most cost effective way for people to learn rather than private consultations. I created a basic programme that could be delivered in health food stores and village halls and then applied to become a tutor with my local adult Education Training Board delivering ‘hobby’ gardening courses.
August 30, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Greenside Up’ and Community Gardening in Ireland
For 200 years up to the middle of the last century it was a locality of evil repute, “inhabited by a gang of smugglers, highwaymen, and desperadoes of every description”
By Brian Pelan
November 17, 2015
Following a two-year campaign by residents and the development of a clear proposal and committee structure, a yearly license was eventually granted by the local council to Mud Island. Since then the site has been cleared and leveled, raised beds built for vegetables, fruit bushes and trees, a polytunnel and water harvesting system erected and flower garden and sitting area created.
August 30, 2016 Comments Off on Dublin: Derelict site transformed into thriving community garden