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Wales: This Gardener Regularly Grows 100-Pound Vegetables

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Phillip who is one of 13 children, cultivated his green-fingered wizardry in the family garden.

From Great Big Stories
and Wales Online – David Owens
(Must see. Mike)

Growing up in a family of 13, Phillip Vowles learned to appreciate the effort it took to feed all his brothers and sisters. So when he started harvesting his own crop, he decided to supersize his venture. As Phillip says, “big vegetables feed big families.” Today, his giant veggies top-out at over 100 pounds and can feed more than just a few families.

“I’m retired now but I spent a life in farming after leaving school,” he said. “I was made redundant and then became a self-employed gardener, so you could say it’s in my blood.”

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December 5, 2016   No Comments

AUPA PROJECT: ‘Urban Agriculture and Food Vulnerability’.

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By Thomas Ducrocq
INRA/AgroParisTech, UMR SAD-APT
Equipe Agricultures Urbaines, Paris

My work done on the impact of gardenning in the diet of gardeners comes from 5 comunity gardens (jardins associatifs) located in deprived neighbourhoods in Paris, France, and its close suburbs.

This work is the conclusion of the 1st year of the French part of the “AUPA: Agriculture Urbaine et alimentation des Populations Vulnérables (urban agriculture and food vulnerability)” project. AUPA is led simulteanously in Sevilla (Spain) and Paris by researchers from Fance (Christine Aubry, Jeanne Pourias, Thomas Ducrocq: AgroParisTech/INRA) and Spain (Raul Puente Asuero and Ana Zarandieta-Jaen, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla).

This works explores two main topics:

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December 4, 2016   No Comments

Sicily: A community garden in Librino, Catania

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Close up of gardens in 2013. Click on image for larger file.

There are about 40 gardens presently

By Roberto
Volunteer with the project
Nov 30, 2016

We started our work about 20 years ago as a non profit association working with the children in a suburban district of Catania (Sicily), Librino, where there was a high crime rate.

As volunteers we focused on after-school activities. After ten years, someone had the idea to start a rugby team to help children. We chose rugby, because it is a contact sport and can help children to unload their daily stress because they see so much brutality in their district. It also teaches them many positive attitudes such as respect for rules, and respect for rivals, etc.

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November 30, 2016   No Comments

Paris: Vegetables, fish and hops to be farmed on Parisian rooftops and car parks

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33 teams have been selected by the City of Paris for the Parisculteurs project, which aims to use rooftops and car parks in the capital for vegetable, fish and hops farming.

FreshPlaza
11/17/2016
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Excerpt:

Amongst those selected are landscapers, farmers, architects, associations and start-ups. 13 of the locations are being made available by the City of Paris and 20 by partners (social housing, RATP- public transport operator, private companies…).

Whilst all of the projects have agroecology in common, they also each show a huge variety in farming techniques including : aquaponics, aeroponics, permaculture, growing in pots, mushroom hydroponic. Assistant to the Mayor and in charge of green spaces, Pénélope Komitès, says that “They are concrete responses to the climate and food double challenge that towns and metropolises are faced with”.

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November 24, 2016   No Comments

Trendiest restaurant in Copenhagen is situated in a rooftop farm

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Stedsans ØsterGro has a 600-square metre urban rooftop garden where organic produce grows right in the middle of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Local
Nov 7, 2016

Excerpt:

“I always wanted to have a restaurant at a place that really reflected the way I cook. So when we heard about the rooftop farm – the first in Scandinavia – I told Flemming, ‘This is it. This is where I want to show my food to the world. Here in these fields, with people sitting in this greenhouse in the middle of the city.’”

So that’s exactly what they did. The couple asked the rooftop farmers if they could build a small restaurant in the greenhouse.

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November 14, 2016   Comments Off on Trendiest restaurant in Copenhagen is situated in a rooftop farm

Du Jardinage Au Paysage

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Comment les jardiniers des jardins associatifs contribuent-ils à la construction de paysages alimentaires ?

Par Anne-Cécile DANIEL
AGROCAMPUS OUESTCentre d’Angers – Institut National d’Horticulture et de Paysage
2011-2012

Excerpt:

« Ilots de verdure » situés généralement en milieu urbain ou périurbain, les jardins associatifs sont des espaces sur lesquels des individus membres d’un groupe associatif pratiquent le jardinage. On y cultive principalement des légumes, fruits, condiments et fleurs, mais aussi des éléments qui vont bien au-delà des plantes cultivées, comme les liens sociaux, les loisirs, l’éducation à l’environnement, la citoyenneté etc. Gérés par des associations, ces espaces peuvent être sous forme de parcelles collectives ou bien délimités en plusieurs lopins de terre individualisés, et ce, pour la grande joie des personnes qui y ont accès.

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November 12, 2016   Comments Off on Du Jardinage Au Paysage

Sweden’s Railway Gardeners – Tragard pa Sparet (Garden on the track)

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A general view of Tragard pa Sparet (Garden on the track) in Stockholm, Sweden. See slideshow of city farming in Sweden.

An increasing number of Swedish city-dwellers are growing their own in window boxes and allotments or are visiting public gardens built in or on industrial or office spaces.

Photography by Maxim Shemetov. Reporting by Helena Soderpalm.
Reuters
Nov 9, 2016

Excerpt:

Inspired by New York’s Highline, a garden built on an elevated railroad, and Berlin’s Prinzessinnengarten, a reclaimed wasteland, a Stockholm neighbourhood has turned a disused railway into a communal space for hundreds of amateur gardeners.

Five years ago, local man Philipp Olsmeyer wanted to make his Sodermalm area greener and contacted local authorities with his idea for the Tradgard pa Sparet – Swedish for “Garden on track”.

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November 10, 2016   Comments Off on Sweden’s Railway Gardeners – Tragard pa Sparet (Garden on the track)

Urban farming in Amsterdam: Green fingers in the city

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Urban farming in Amsterdam. Photo: Molly Quell.

From herb gardens to football pitches of pigs, that empty lot on the corner of your neighbourhood could be filled with a lot more than stray rubbish and weeds.

By Molly Quell
Dutch News
Oct 26, 2016

Excerpt:

One especially hot July day, 13 students from as far as Singapore trampled through a garden in Amsterdam Noord. As it was summer holiday, the university students missed the usual gardeners, a group of nine and 10-year-olds from a nearby primary school.

The students were participating in a month-long graduate course called The Urban Food Experience offered by the University of Amsterdam. As part of the course they were touring Voedseltuin IJplein, one of the many community gardens in the city. In fact Amsterdam has 188 registered city gardens, ranging from small community herb gardens to a football pitch full of pigs.

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November 4, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farming in Amsterdam: Green fingers in the city

El huerto curativo

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By Tomas Mata
Plataforma Editorial, 2012

Author:

After a professional career as a journalist, publisher, media consultant and startup mentor, mainly focused on sustainability, health and food, I am now in the process of launching a startup incubator for urban agriculture and local distribution in Barcelona. The aim is to create skills and technologies to promote food, energy and environmental sustainability, generate social inclusion and foster a circular economy.

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October 30, 2016   Comments Off on El huerto curativo

Goats guests of honor at Prague rooftop reception

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A culture activist Ondrej Kobza sits on a chair next to two goats on the terrace of a rooftop community garden and cafe atop the Lucerna Palace in Prague, Czech Republic, October 20, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny

“Our goal is to have a community garden here, so that people could raise tomatoes, for example,” added Kobza, who has rented a 1,000-square meter space on top of the building completed in 1921 by the grandfather of late President Vaclav Havel.

By Jiri Skacel; Writing by Robert Muller; Editing by Andrew Heavens
Reuters
Oct 20, 2016

Two goats wander across the roof of Prague’s famous Lucerna Palace – the first beneficiaries of a new push to open up public spaces high above the packed streets of a crowded city.

The animals were guests of honor at the opening of a terrace on the city-centre landmark, whose lower floors hold the Czech Republic’s oldest cinema, a theater, a music venue, restaurants and an ornate shopping arcade.

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October 27, 2016   Comments Off on Goats guests of honor at Prague rooftop reception

Research Job in UK: ‘The spread of urban agriculture and urban greening’ University of East Anglia

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Photo by Andrew Pym.

This project will investigate the diffusion of urban agriculture and urban greening through cities, and the impact this has on urban ecosystem services. Relevant ecosystem services include recreation, air quality, and moderation of temperature extremes.

Supervisor: Dr Charlie Wilson
Start Date: October 2017
Funding amount: £14,296

Excerpt:

Activities
Specific research activities include:

compiling time series and geospatial data on the spread of urban agriculture and urban greening

mapping spatial diffusion and identifying spatial contagion effects

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October 22, 2016   Comments Off on Research Job in UK: ‘The spread of urban agriculture and urban greening’ University of East Anglia

Stories Behind the Roman Artichoke

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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.

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October 20, 2016   Comments Off on Stories Behind the Roman Artichoke

Paris, France launches licenses to ‘green’ (végétaliser) all you want

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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

Roughly translated:

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.

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October 19, 2016   Comments Off on Paris, France launches licenses to ‘green’ (végétaliser) all you want

Urban Crops, a new Belgian company specialising in indoor growing systems

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Heads of lettuce being grown with violet LED lighting in a completely automated internal agricultural system, in Waregem, Belgium.PHOTO: AFP

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
AFP
Oct 9, 2016

Excerpt:

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.

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October 16, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Crops, a new Belgian company specialising in indoor growing systems

Public herbal garden in Bardejov, Slovakia

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Matej, Barbora and their public herbal garden (Source: Mario Hudák)

They wanted to do something for the people in the town and the community gardens project in Bratislava inspired them.

The Slovak Spectator
Prešovské Noviny
Oct 8, 2016

Excerpt:

“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.

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October 15, 2016   Comments Off on Public herbal garden in Bardejov, Slovakia