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RUAF Update March 2017

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RUAF Foundation (Global partnership on sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food systems)

March 2017

Update on RUAF projects
• Dutch City Deal: Food on the Urban Agenda
• Governance of territorial food systems (GOUTER)
• Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Awards for good practices

News from RUAF partners
• City Region Food System Assessment – Colombo
• Composts now considered in the “Fertilizer Subsidy Programme” in Ghana
• A European Network of AgroEcoCities
• City-to-city learning: Ede (The Netherlands) visits Ghent (Belgium)
• Urban agriculture training and policy development in Nairobi

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March 29, 2017   Comments Off on RUAF Update March 2017

UK: Greater Manchester convicted criminals have totally transformed overgrown community garden

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Before and after – The lost garden in Weaste, Salford.

Beneath they found benches, raised flower beds and a smart cobbled alley.

By Neal Keeling
Manchester Evening Post
Mar 22, 2017

Excerpt:

Grafting for three days, a group of offenders on the Community Payback scheme have shifted four tonnes of rubbish to reveal a backstreet oasis.

The small garden with benches was created for elderly residents in the Weaste area to meet and chat.

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March 28, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Greater Manchester convicted criminals have totally transformed overgrown community garden

Progress threatens Istanbul’s historic gardens

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The Yedikule gardens provide a livelihood for more than 200 people in Istanbul. TRF/Stephen Starr

“Ten days ago they came and cut down all the trees almost to the roots,” he says. “I don’t know why they did that; maybe because they want a give better view for tourists to take photos of the walls. Who knows?”

By Stephen Starr
Reuters
Mar 16, 2017

Excerpt:

Recep Eraslan, 64, has worked a tiny sliver of land on Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet peninsula for more than three decades.

He grows spring onions, arugula and cabbage on a 1.25-acre (0.5 hectare) plot along the city’s ancient Byzantine-era walls that are part of one of the oldest urban gardens, or bostans in Turkish, in the world.

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March 24, 2017   Comments Off on Progress threatens Istanbul’s historic gardens

Netherlands: Education for Urban Agriculture and Urban Green Entrepreneurship

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Date: Thursday 30 March 2017 14.00 – 17.30
Location: Aeres, Almere, Stadhuisstraat 18 Almere
RUAF

Urban Agriculture is increasingly seen as a promising area for new business development. However, starting an Urban Farm requires a variety of knowledge and skills. Knowing how to cultivate plants or rear animals does not guarantee success; you also need to be able to analyse markets and social networks, plan and respond strategically to new trends, as well as to manage and monitor results once your businesses is up and running.

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March 20, 2017   Comments Off on Netherlands: Education for Urban Agriculture and Urban Green Entrepreneurship

UK: Plymouth’s amazing urban farm is beginning to take root

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Volunteers did their bit today, planting 216 fruit trees as part of Derriford’s new community park.

By Sabel
The Herald
March 11, 2017

Excerpt:

Volunteers have helped plant Plymouth’s biggest orchard as part of a huge community park which will provide a green space in the growing city.

More than 200 fruit trees are set to provide free food for residents as new homes and roads are built.

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March 18, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Plymouth’s amazing urban farm is beginning to take root

Fonctionnement Et Durabilité des micro-fermes urbaines

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Une Observation Participative Sur Le Cas Des Fermes Franciliennes

By Anne-Cécile Daniel
Ingénieure d’études en Agriculture Urbaine
Étude Menée Dans Le Cadre De La Chaire Eco-Conception Avec
Agroparistech Et L’équipe Agricultures Urbaines (Sad-Apt, Inra)
Mars 2017

Introduction:

Si l’agriculture urbaine est une notion de plus en plus évoquée par les institutions, les entreprises, les associations, les collectivités, les citoyens, les politiques, c’est qu’elle a certainement l’audace de vouloir créer une intelligence commune entre l’aména¬gement urbain et l’activité agricole et jardinière. Autrement dit, il s’agit d’offrir des solutions concrètes pour rendre nos villes plus durables et vivables. Dans une autre mesure, l’agri¬culture urbaine s’apparente à une des solutions possibles pour préparer les villes au changement climatique et tendre vers des systèmes alimentaires locaux.

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March 10, 2017   Comments Off on Fonctionnement Et Durabilité des micro-fermes urbaines

Ireland: Galway Michelin chef backs project to fight poverty in Central Africa

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Concern ambassador, chef JP McMahon with daughters, eight year old Heather (left) and Martha, 4, at the Westside Community Garde

Speaking from the Westside community gardens, accompanied by his daughters, he said: “Europe has taken so much out of Africa; it is our duty as Europeans and Irish people to give back.

By Our Reporter
Connacht Tribune
February 19, 2017

Excerpt:

“I think Kitchen Gardens is a genuine and excellent idea because it taps into that connection to growing food that a lot of us never have to think about at all.

“It supports people in great need in growing their own farms for the future, making them more self-sufficient and strengthening their community.

“This project gives us a sense of fulfilment that we are actually helping people to produce their own food because aid can only do so much.

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February 26, 2017   Comments Off on Ireland: Galway Michelin chef backs project to fight poverty in Central Africa

Berlin: International Urban Farming Conference in September, 2017

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Call For Papers

The International Urban Farming Conference that will take place 11th – 12th September, 2017 in Berlin invites professionals and activists in the field of urban farming to apply with their abstracts by March 10th. Especially welcome are presentations on projects related to local governments and partnership projects between local governments of the Global South and Global North.

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February 24, 2017   Comments Off on Berlin: International Urban Farming Conference in September, 2017

Princess Royal celebrates 40th anniversary of ‘Farms for City Children’

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The charity gives the chance to sample farming life to around 3000 pupils and 400 teachers a year.

By Peter Anderson
British Royals
Jan 21, 2017

Excerpt:

The charity has three farms; at Nethercott, Treginnis; a sheep farm on the Pembrokeshire coast, and Wick Court a Tudor manor house and livestock farm on the River Severn. The charity gives the chance to sample farming life to around 3000 pupils and 400 teachers a year. Princess Anne has been their Patron for over twenty-five years and during that time has visited the farms five times, three of which have been to Nethercott.

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January 28, 2017   Comments Off on Princess Royal celebrates 40th anniversary of ‘Farms for City Children’

Urban Farming in Dublin, Ireland

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A potato grows in Dublin.

Horse shit produced during overpriced tourists rides provides vital nutrients to the rooftop plots, former parking lots at the center of the cities circular agricultural economy.

By Lauren Razavi
Future Cities
January 16, 2017

Excerpt:

Farming traditions are also being reimagined on Dublin’s rooftops. Beetroots, potatoes, radishes, lettuce, parsley, garlic,, and spinach are just some of the vegetables being grown in urban spaces that would normally serve no particular purpose. “Producing supplies in the city — by utilising LED lighting and hydroponics, for example — makes a lot more sense than shipping food from the other side of the world,” says Andrew Douglas, creator of Dublin’s first rooftop urban farm five years ago.

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January 24, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Farming in Dublin, Ireland

Towards Regenerated and Productive Vacant Areas through Urban Horticulture: Lessons from Bologna, Italy

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Pictures of urban horticulture projects in Bologna.

Six case studies representing this variety of vacant areas were identified and evaluated

By Daniela Gasperi, Giuseppina Pennisi, Niccolò Rizzati, Francesca Magrefi, Giovanni Bazzocchi, Umberto Mezzacapo, Monique Centrone Stefani, Esther Sanyé-Mengual, Francesco Orsini, and Giorgio Gianquinto
Sustainability Journal
December 2016

Abstract:

In recent years, urban agriculture has been asserting its relevance as part of a vibrant and diverse food system due to its small scale, its focus on nutrition, its contribution to food security, its employment opportunities, and its role in community building and social mobility. Urban agriculture may also be a tool to re-appropriate a range of abandoned or unused irregular spaces within the city, including flowerbeds, roundabouts, terraces, balconies and rooftops. Consistently, all spaces that present a lack of identity may be converted to urban agriculture areas and, more specifically, to urban horticulture as a way to strengthen resilience and sustainability.

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January 19, 2017   Comments Off on Towards Regenerated and Productive Vacant Areas through Urban Horticulture: Lessons from Bologna, Italy

Dublin farmer and the tubers for Mars

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Andrew Douglas, shown with Jayden Whelan, left, and Malena Behan, hopes his potatoes will feed explorers like in The Martian. Photo by Andres Poveda.

Andrew Douglas, a horticulturist who set up Dublin’s first rooftop farm, plans to supply potato pods to a Nasa mission on the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano, where the space agency is simulating life on Mars.

By Gabrielle Monaghan
The Sunday Times Ireland
January 15 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

A version of the Irish potato will boldly go where no spud has gone before — to a Mars simulation habitat run by Nasa.

Andrew Douglas, a horticulturist who set up Dublin’s first rooftop farm, plans to supply potato pods to a Nasa mission on the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano, where the space agency is simulating life on Mars. Nasa is hoping to send humans to the red planet by the 2030s.

In 2013, Douglas set up a kitchen garden on the roof of the Chocolate Factory building in Dublin before moving it to the top-floor science lab at Belvedere­ College. There are now 180 varieties of heritage and heirloom potatoes growing in upcycled water cooler bottles and artificial grass offcuts on the college’s rooftop. “Who better to help experiment with growing spuds on Mars than an Irishman?” said Douglas.

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January 15, 2017   Comments Off on Dublin farmer and the tubers for Mars

Urban Agriculture in Helsinki, Finland

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Behind hedges and in boxes, Helsinki’s urban citizens are active urban growers.

The oldest type of UA in Helsinki is a Siirtolapuutarhat, which translates to “colony gardens,” but in casual speech they are called cottage allotments. The first garden was founded in 1918 and at present there are nine gardens with a total of 1,926 plots.

Sophia E. Hagolani-Albov
Doctoral Student in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Finland has become a predominantly urban society. When Finland gained its independence in 1917, only 10 percent of the population lived in urban areas. By 1960 that figure had risen to 55 percent, and presently 70 percent of Finns live in urban areas, according to the Finnish Environmental Institute. Yet most Finns, even those living in cities, have close ties to their cultural heritage and agricultural roots in the countryside. This photo journey explores the spaces, places, and practices of urban agriculture (UA) in Finland’s capital, Helsinki. The city sits at latitude 60.6? N and has approximately 600,000 residents. This might not seem like a place well suited for urban agriculture, but an enthusiastic population of growers and the long summer days make this a hotbed of UA development.

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January 14, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture in Helsinki, Finland

Paris startup plans to grow produce in shipping containers

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Fruits and vegetables in Europe travel, on average, 1500 km before reaching your table. They’re harvested too soon and they are expected to ripen during the transportation process.

Agricool
Press Release
Nov 23, 2016

Excerpt:

Agricool is a startup created in 2015 by Gonzague Gru and Guillaume Fourdinier, two sons of farmers who couldn’t find any high-quality fruits and vegetables in the city. The problem was obvious: fruits and vegetables sold in cities don’t have any taste and they’re full of pesticides. The reason was obvious, too: fruits and vegetables in Europe travel, on average, 1500 km before reaching your table. They’re harvested too soon and they are expected to ripen during the transportation process. What’s worse, they’re selected precisely for their ability to travel instead of for their taste. And why do they come from so far away? Because space is rare: in France, 25 square meters of agricultural land disappears each second. So if we want to eat high-quality fruits and vegetables, we need to find a way to grow them in cities.

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December 12, 2016   Comments Off on Paris startup plans to grow produce in shipping containers

Spain: Network of Community Urban Gardens in Madrid organizing short film festival “Humus Film Festival”

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See some of the short films received in last year´s competition.

Wanting to receive short films from gardens in cities around the world, to enrich this festival

By Alberto Peralta
Organizer Humus Film Festival
Next event: Mar 24-26, 2017

This festival welcomes all perspectives and approaches to urban agriculture, whether amateur or professional, from surrealist or poetic visions to humorous or realistic scenarios.

Looking people who might be interested in telling a funny, personal or surreal story about the garden and the city.

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December 8, 2016   Comments Off on Spain: Network of Community Urban Gardens in Madrid organizing short film festival “Humus Film Festival”