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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

Dublin’s Bridgefoot Street Community Garden

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“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
Dublin Inquirer
Oct 4, 2016

Excerpt:

“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.

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October 11, 2016   Comments Off on Dublin’s Bridgefoot Street Community Garden

London: An Experimental Farm on the River Thames Is Changing the Way City-Dwellers Eat

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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
VICE
Oct 3, 2016

Excerpt:

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.

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October 10, 2016   Comments Off on London: An Experimental Farm on the River Thames Is Changing the Way City-Dwellers Eat

Denmark’s ‘Silicon Valley of agriculture’ and an interview with eco architect William McDonough

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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.

Two articles
By Jill Fehrenbacher
By Tafline Laylin
inhabitat
Oct 3 and Sept 15, 2016
Excerpt:

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.

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October 7, 2016   Comments Off on Denmark’s ‘Silicon Valley of agriculture’ and an interview with eco architect William McDonough

UK: Residents rise up against’ plans to build over London’s oldest allotments

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Northfields Allotments.

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

Excerpt:

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.

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September 25, 2016   Comments Off on UK: Residents rise up against’ plans to build over London’s oldest allotments

UK: Hucknall Allotment Holders Searching for Historic Records – begun in 1840’s

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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
Dispatch
Sept. 14, 2016

Excerpt:

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.

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September 21, 2016   Comments Off on UK: Hucknall Allotment Holders Searching for Historic Records – begun in 1840’s

Eden Gardens Allotment, Whitefield, UK welcomes the public

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Hannah, aged 12 and dad Gareth Evans with the onions they grew and are entering for a show.

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
Bury Times
Sept 1, 2016

Excerpt:

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.

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September 8, 2016   Comments Off on Eden Gardens Allotment, Whitefield, UK welcomes the public

New £50,000 allotments opened in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh’s Victoria Park allotments, formerly a council-managed bowling green, has been turned into a leafy crop of flowers, vegetables and fruit. Grower Colin Finlayson and his runner beans.

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
Herald Scotland
Sept 1, 2016

Excerpt:

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.

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September 7, 2016   Comments Off on New £50,000 allotments opened in Edinburgh