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Potential for urban agriculture on former farmland at Bredtvet and Gaustad, Oslo, Norway

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A study of soil resources, current land use, and users’ and stakeholders’ desires and perceived challenges

By Cristina Gil Ruiz,
NIBIO Report
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
Jan 2, 2016

SUMMARY:

Oslo has experienced an increase in the number of urban agriculture (UA) projects and growth in public interest. The study investigated how user groups could carry out UA projects in two apparently unoccupied plots of former farmland: Bredtvet and Gaustad. Soil characteristics, current land use, users’ desires, and the challenges they perceived for the development of UA projects were studied. It seems possible to integrate UA projects in both areas without disturbing current land uses, thereby leading to
the recuperation of the soil resources of the former farmland. UA can have multiple purposes, such as food growing, social integration, community building, and health improvement. Major challenges hindering UA projects result from lack of institutional support and funding.

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February 5, 2016   No Comments

From N16 to SW9: How London’s Urban Farmers are Cultivating the City

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Kate Hofman and Tom Webster of GrowUp Urban Farms. Photo by Akira Chatani.

One of the most expensive cities in the world, London is not known for its urban agriculture. Yet a new generation of farmers is starting to change all that by transforming the city’s underground tunnels, industrial warehouses, and rooftops into urban acreage.

By Fiona Symington-Mitchell
Modern Farmer
February 3, 2016

Excerpt:

Former management consultant and a graduate of Climate-KIC, Kate Hofman believes to produce food in our cities we simply need to find the right products to grow in the right places. “This is why we think acquaponics and vertical farming is the right combination,” she says. “You are making the most effective use of space, while looking at food production holistically.”

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February 5, 2016   No Comments

UK: Council grants permission to Oxford City Farm to move into unused urban field

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oxfChairwoman Lucie Mayer enlists the help of some young volunteers at the Oxford City Farm

“If it’s going to teach people more about farming and get them involved I can only say that it’s a win win situation.

By Sophie Mogridge
Oxford Mail
Jan 18, 2016

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The site has been derelict for more than seven years and the land has since been given the all-clear for contaminants by Oxford City Council.

Ms Mayer added: “We’ve been working very long and hard to get this project together and we’re so thrilled that it’s finally coming together, although we don’t have any dates finalised as of yet.

“We can now start growing and working towards getting livestock on the farm but our next big focus is completing the lease and fundraising £40,000 more, but we’re happy to take our time in raising it.”

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January 23, 2016   No Comments

City Farm in Swansea – Wales’ only community farm – needs support to survive

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Farmers’ Union of Wales president Glyn Roberts visited the Swansea Community Farm (SCF) to see the multi-award winning project for himself and drum up support for the Fforestfach site.

“It would be a massive step backwards in efforts made to connect urban and rural life if this community farm is forced to close.”

Farming UK
Dec 9, 2015

Excerpt:

They need to raise £20,000 before Christmas and £50,000 by the end of March to ensure operations keep on running.

As a working farm they have always aimed to reconnect people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with their food, their environment and each other and do this through a range of unique and exciting educational, volunteering, training and play projects.

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December 15, 2015   Comments Off on City Farm in Swansea – Wales’ only community farm – needs support to survive

Europe’s Largest Rooftop Farm Underway, Scheduled to Open in January

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UrbanFarmers, a Germany-based urban agriculture company, is partnering with Van der Valk-Kleijn, a Netherlands greenhouse company, on the development of a 14,000 square-foot modern greenhouse

By Brian Sparks
Greenhouse Power
December 7, 2015

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UF002 De Schilde is located at a signature building of The Hague, the former Philips telecommunication building constructed by the grandfather of Rem Koolhaas. The classic building currently lies mostly vacant and will be re-purposed into a multi-story urban farming enterprise. Dubbed the “Times Square of Urban Farming” (“hotspot for urban farming” in Dutch), the building will span two floors and use the UF System for the sustainable production of fish and vegetables. The UF Consortium partners, UrbanFarmers AG, Priva BV, Koppert Biological Systems and Rijk Zwaan, are working together to build the urban farm on the rooftop and sixth floor of the building.

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December 13, 2015   Comments Off on Europe’s Largest Rooftop Farm Underway, Scheduled to Open in January

Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe

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Forthcoming 2016

Edited by Simon Bell, Runrid Fox-Kämper, Nazila Keshavarz, Mary Benson, Silvio Caputo, Susan Noori, Annette Voigt
Routledge
2016

Although urban allotment gardening dates back to the nineteenth century, it has recently undergone a renaissance of interest and popularity. This is the result of greater concern over urban greenspace, food security and quality of life. This book presents a comprehensive, research-based overview of the various features, benefits and values associated with urban allotment gardening in Europe.

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December 8, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe

Dutch innovations usher in new era of high-tech urban sustainability including a floating dairy farm

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The world’s first floating (dairy) farm.

Knoester said he is in talks with authorities and organizations in Anwerp and London to implement similar projects.

by Maria Vasileiou
Xinhua News Agency
Nov 27, 2015

Excerpt:

In mid-December, a floating dairy platform will start to be constructed in Rotterdam. It will be secured to the northern banks of Mass in the old port of Merwenhaven, an area being gradually transformed into a site of innovative business in the fields of clean tech, medical and food.

Peter van Wingerden, mastermind of this project, called it “a high-tech lab” that is “completely sustainable”. “The world population is growing, whilst the number of arable land is decreasing. The big question is how and where we can produce healthy food. We can do it on the water, eliminating the journey from farm to store completely as most large cities are built near water,” he told Xinhua.

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December 5, 2015   Comments Off on Dutch innovations usher in new era of high-tech urban sustainability including a floating dairy farm

Urban Agriculture Conference in Brussels and Wallonia is taking place on Dec-15 in Gembloux, Belgium

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Savez-vous planter des choux… en ville?

Le 15 décembre 2015 à Gembloux de 17h00 à 21h00

Nous savons qu’il faudra nourrir 9,6 milliards d’êtres humains en 2050 et que les fourchettes qui les nourriront à ce moment-là, seront à 75 % citadines. Nous devons donc nous préparer à relever un défi majeur dès maintenant : nourrir les villes sans épuiser les ressources naturelles de notre planète tout en faisant face aux aléas climatiques grandissants. Cette situation interpelle et réinvestir des surfaces non conventionnelles en villes pour y produire des denrées, contribuera à nourrir l’humanité et plus particulièrement les citadins.

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December 3, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Conference in Brussels and Wallonia is taking place on Dec-15 in Gembloux, Belgium

International Conference “Growing In Cities”

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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Gardening” which will take place on September 9-10, 2016 at University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW in Basel.

The conference will be hosted by the FHNW School of Social Work (Institute for Social Planning and Urban Development ISS) in partnership with ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, Germany.

We expect two days of scientific discussions and exchange of innovative ideas presented by internationally renowned keynote speakers and contributors from diverse disciplines, in the plenary and parallel sessions, discussion round-tables, and poster presentations. The conference also marks the conclusion of the 4-year EU COST Action Urban Allotment Gardens in European Cities (pre-conference for Action members on 8th September).

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December 1, 2015   Comments Off on International Conference “Growing In Cities”

Gartenglück mit Handicap – Gardening for the Disabled

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Sie sind bewegungseingeschränkt und glauben, ganz auf gärtnerische Leidenschaften verzichten zu müssen? Manchmal ändert die Wahl der Gartenform alles.

Sent by Gerhard Schiff
Freiburg, Germany
We are two persons and we are engaged in building a website for people of all ages who are disabled/handicapped. Our book
will be published in 2016.
Nov. 2015

Excerpt:

Gärtnerisches Vergnügen hat einen hohen Freizeit- und oft auch einen Zierund praktischen Nutzwert, wenn man das Gesäte und Gepflegte selbst ernten kann. Ein Garten bietet nicht zuletzt die Möglichkeit für angemessene Aktivität, Bewegung und Begegnung in schöner Umgebung. Allen Gartenliebhabern wollen wir hier und in den kommenden mobil-Ausgaben Anregungen, Tipps und Hilfen geben, wie sie einem Gartenhobby nachgehen können, auch wenn die Kräfte nachlassen und die Arbeit nicht mehr so leicht bewältigt werden kann oder eine rheumatische Krankheit veränderte Bedingungen schafft.

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November 18, 2015   Comments Off on Gartenglück mit Handicap – Gardening for the Disabled

Europe: Horticulture in Towns for Inclusion and Socialisation

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Urban allotments, gardens in the peripheries, reconcile man with the nature.

HORTIS project wanted to contribute to fight social exclusion, and to promote lifelong learning among adults through community and urban gardening.

The project main objectives have been:

1) To train a new generation of trainers on community gardening able to set up and run community gardens, attracting and engaging the local community.

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September 30, 2015   Comments Off on Europe: Horticulture in Towns for Inclusion and Socialisation

Manchester’s first inner city mushroom farm

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manmushInside the Biospheric Studio’s mushroom farm.

It’s really interesting to think about how forest systems work and how urban societies can learn from them

By Lucy Lovell
Munchies Vice
September 21, 2015

Excerpt:

After previewing at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival this month, the farm will take a permanent home in the city centre and supply local restaurants with organic shiitake mushrooms, going from farm to fork within 24 hours.

Waste from the farm is being used as a nutrient for a forest garden in the Blackfriars area of Salford, just north of Manchester. The garden is a managed forest ecosystem informed by Walsh’s years of studying forest systems in Africa.

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September 27, 2015   Comments Off on Manchester’s first inner city mushroom farm

Spain: Thesis shows 8% of Zona Franca district could supply 10% of the Barcelona population with tomatoes

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Shopping centres showed greater potential in the short term (over 50% currently useable) than industrial zones (8%) as their robust architecture is more suitable for installing greenhouses. Nevertheless, industrial rooftops are much bigger and could be used on a large scale in the long term.

“Sustainability assessment of urban rooftop farming using an interdisciplinary approach” by ICTA (Institute for Environmental Science and Technology) researcher Esther Sanyé-Mengual
UAB Newsroom 2015

Excerpt:

Just like in conventional agriculture it is the structure of the greenhouse itself that generates the greatest economic and environmental impact. Tomato production, however, has less environmental impact than conventional greenhouses not only on completing production but also on reaching the consumer. Regarding financial costs, although tomato production is 21% more expensive if done on rooftops, if the whole conventional supply chain is taken into account (packaging, transport, etc.) it turns out to be 21% cheaper.

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September 19, 2015   Comments Off on Spain: Thesis shows 8% of Zona Franca district could supply 10% of the Barcelona population with tomatoes

World’s Most Influential Restaurant in Copenhagen to Reopen as Urban Farm

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René Redzepi at the site of the new Noma just outside the border of Copenhagen’s Christiania neighborhood. Credit Laerke Posselt for The New York Time.

As a crucial part of that, René Redzepi wants to transform this decrepit patch of land into a state-of-the-art urban farm, with Noma at its center.

By Jeff Gordiniersept
New York Times
Sept 14, 2015

Excerpt:

“It makes sense to do it here,” he said, despite visual evidence to the contrary. “It makes sense to have your own farm, as a restaurant of this caliber.” His plans are nothing if not ambitious. He will put a greenhouse on the roof. He will dig out the dank old asphalt lot and truck in fresh soil. He wants part of the farm to float.

“We’ll build a raft and we’ll put a huge field on the raft,” he said. “We need a full-time farmer with a team.”

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September 15, 2015   Comments Off on World’s Most Influential Restaurant in Copenhagen to Reopen as Urban Farm

Educational farm in Oxford, UK about to open

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Vision of a City Farm from Zoe Broughton on Vimeo.

UK Green Party leader Natalie Bennett visits site and supports the project

Oxford Mail
Sept 3, 2015

Excerpt:

Oxford City Farm, off Cornwallis Road in Cowley, is being built for those living in the city who may have never seen a working farm, or have learned where food comes from.

The farm’s steering group plans to turn the once-derelict site into an innovative community space, and is submitting a planning application to Oxford City Council this week.

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September 13, 2015   Comments Off on Educational farm in Oxford, UK about to open