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Northern Ireland: People can work together on a peaceful, positive and productive activity

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Susan Lynn is the Northern Ireland development manager for the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and is based in east Belfast.

‘Allotments are fantastic, you can grow so much on a small space’

By Darryl Armitage
Newsletter
Aug 11, 2017

Excerpt:

Remembering her childhood growing up in Ballycastle she says that she had a connection with homegrown food from an early age.

She says: “Back home we had a great garden and I spent a lot of time among our apple trees. We called it the orchard, although that would probably be stretching it. I remember climbing the trees and then mum making apple pie – I think this is the first connection of homegrown food and for a kid apple tart is much more appealing than a plate of broad beans.”

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Switzerland: Allotments. My Plot Of Land

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Murat and Birsen Lavanur, from Turkey. “We have had the allotment for two years and we still have to learn a lot. Our kids can spend some time in nature and can run around freely.”

In Switzerland, amateur gardeners joined up to form associations, which led to the creation of a Swiss umbrella association in 1925. Now, 24,500 members and the equivalent of around 900 football fields belong to the Swiss Association of Allotment Gardeners.

Photographs and text, Ester Unterfinger, swissinfo.ch
Production, Felipe Schärer Diem, Sylvie Stark
Swiss Broadcasting Organization
Aug 8, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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For years, allotment gardens were considered a symbol of the Swiss bourgeoisie, but times have changed. Now, people of all nations appreciate them as place to withdraw and relax. Vito from Italy, Birsen from Turkey, Vaz from Portugal and other allotment enthusiasts talk about their individual plots of land.

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Edinburgh and Glasgow plan a community food growing revolution

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A team from Possil health centre in Glasgow tend to their allotment box. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Scotland’s largest local authority is already planning ahead by speaking with residents on how they can grow food in their own neighbourhoods.

By Chris Mccall
Scotsman
Aug 3, 2017

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The consultation by Glasgow City Council attracted hundreds of responses from individuals and community groups, the results of which will now be analysed before being presented to councillors.

“We are delighted with the level of response,” a council spokeswoman told The Scotsman. “This shows how excited Glaswegians are about all sorts of food growing opportunities.”

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UK: Urban farming project makes BBC Countryfile debut

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Dr Jens Thomas and Dr Paul Myers with BBC presenter James Wong at the Guild’s rooftop farm.

The programme highlighted how Farm Urban uses aquaponics as an educational tool to teach local people about hi-tech future food systems, inspire them to connect with their environment and empower them to make positive and informed choices.

The University of Liverpool
Aug 2, 2017

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A pioneering social enterprise founded by two University of Liverpool scientists is featured on the latest episode of the BBC’s Countryfile.

Farm Urban develops and tests the most efficient ways to grow food in urban environments, focusing primarily on aquaponics systems, which grow fish and vegetables simultaneously in a closed-loop ecosystem.

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Europe: The only vegetable gardener in Monaco

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Jessica Sbaraglia with Prince Albert II. Source: www.rfj.ch

With her blond hair, a model’s physique (her former craft) and a sweet personality, skeptics thought her project wouldn’t last 6 months when Jessica Sbaraglia chose to mount “Earth of Monaco” (Terre de Monaco), an Urban agriculture company.

Hello Monaco
July 31, 2017

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“Few people believed in the project in the beginning,” she confessed. But the results are there. A year later, it has nearly 1,400 m2 of cultivated farming in the Principality. Jessica Sbaraglia became the first, and the only, market gardener on Monegasque soil. Successful gamble in a place where concrete is king. She even grows tomatoes, courgettes and aromatic herbs at the foot of the Odeon tower. The owners of the building offered her 450 square meters in the Odeon’s garden at the foot of the tower.

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Romania: ‘Kaufland Romania’ shops to turn roofs, parking lots into urban gardens

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The food retailer announced that the vegetables, fruit, flowers will be used by the community.

By Georgeta Gheorghe
Business Review
July 18, 2017

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The company presented the results of the first study on the presence of urban gardening in Romania. According to the survey, 7 out of 10 Romanians are involved in urban gardening, by cultivating at their home vegetables, greens or fruit, in order to enjoy natural produce. While the balcony is the preferred spot for urban gardening for almost 50 percent of Romanians, 14 grow their produce in front of their block of flats, 8 percent in the suburbs and the rest headed for areas outside of the cities.

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Botanical conservatory showcases five aspects of German culture including the allotment or ‘kleingarten’

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is honoring Fort Wayne’s German sister city, Gera, with “Blumengarten: A German Story” through Nov. 12.

By Corey McMaken
Journal Gazette
July 14, 2017

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A small shack and planting of vegetables represents a German allotment garden, or “kleingarten.” In the 1800s, land was set aside near German towns for the urban poor to raise fruits and vegetables.

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Guerrilla gardeners fight hopelessness in Greece

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A former dump for debris from the neighboring US air base has become a blooming oasis. By Heidi Fuller-love.

As Greece flounders under debt and austerity, green-fingered activists are overtaking unused spaces to feed those in need – and build a more sustainable future.

By Heidi Fuller-Love
DW
July 12, 2017

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The Elliniko community garden is located on the 2,500-square-meter (27,000-square-foot) expanse of an old airport that was abandoned in 2001. When grassroots activist group Agros took over the plot, it was buried under mounds of detritus from the neighboring American base.

After clearing the land, volunteers at planted a variety of fruit and vegetables to help the growing number of Athenians who are struggling to feed their families.

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July 19, 2017   Comments Off on Guerrilla gardeners fight hopelessness in Greece

Holland: Schoffelen en zaaien met azc’ers

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Click image to see larger file. zc’ers en buurtbewoners tuinieren samen bij de Bijlmerbajes.
Foto Simon Trel

Op het terrein van de Bijlmerbajes worden moestuin-workshops georganiseerd om azc’ers en Amsterdammers met elkaar in contact te brengen.

By Kirsten Dorrestijn
NRC
28 April 2017

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Bij de entree van de voormalige Bijlmerbajes voetballen drie jongens op een voetbalveldje van kunstgras. Erachter loopt huisbioloog Theo Coolen met een kruiwagen tussen de moestuinbakken. Hij zet materialen klaar voor de tweede moestuin-workshop van dit jaar. De houten bakken en langgerekte ‘akkers’ met houten omlijsting steken vrolijk af tegen de grijze gevangenismuren. In de verte razen metro’s bij station Spaklerweg af en aan. Sinds augustus 2016 biedt de Bijlmerbajes onderdak aan zo’n 500 vluchtelingen die wachten op een status of op huisvesting.

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French Students to Travel West Coast of North America by Bike to Discover Urban Agriculture

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2015 trip. L’agriculture urbaine a-t-elle les mêmes raisons d’être au Canada qu’aux USA? Phénomène de mode, manque de sécurité alimentaire, besoin d’un retour à la terre? Qu’est ce qui pousse les canadiens à manger leurs villes?

2018 Trip: We are beginning at San Diego and we finish at Vancouver.

By Audrey Michenaud-Rague
Second year student of AgroParisTech
Institute for Education and Research in Life Sciences, Agronomy, Food technology and Environment

Agrovelocity is an association led by three french students of AgroParisTech: Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences.

Their goal is to bike throw the West side of North America to investigate urban agriculture : from San Diego to Vancouver between april and august 2018.

The project has already been carried by two groups of boys; first, “Agrovelocités” in Europe (2014) and second “Agrovelocity” on the East side of North America (2015), but now girls start biking!

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Finland: A thicket of rules and a years-long queue await in Helsinki

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Veteran green thumb Annaliisa Naskali has been gardening for 16 years. Image: Ilkka Loikkanen / Yle

Some amateur farmers may find themselves in a pickle, as inspectors dish out warnings over infractions like unattended weeds, insufficient cultivated land or their use of herbicides.

YLE
July 5, 2016

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Allotment groups want to ensure that untended lots are actively used, as hundreds of residents queue for free plots in many areas. In some cases, wanna-be gardening enthusiasts can find themselves waiting anywhere from a few years to up to a decade for a plot.

“Unfortunately there are a few cases where people want a plot to themselves but then they don’t do anything with it. Ideally all of the plots would be actively farmed,” said Katja Uski, head of the allotment association.

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UK: From Forgotten London WWII Tunnels To Urban Farm: Q&A With Growing Underground

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Micro greens up close. Photo from Growing Underground.

We’re using food as something to break down barriers and engage in your local community, rather than just being a producer in the middle of nowhere

By Brittany Lane
Unreasonable
Jan 26, 2017

Excerpt:

When you discovered the tunnels, do you remember realizing the potential opportunity here? What did that feel like?

S: I remember the phone call to the guy at Transport for London when I said we want to meet and rent your tunnels. He was like, “You can’t do a nightclub.” We said we don’t want to; we want to build a farm. And I think at that point he was like, what? He literally came out a couple of days later and met us. They were really forward thinking and supportive.

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The trouble with temporary: Impacts and pitfalls of a meanwhile community garden in Wythenshawe, South Manchester

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The Macmillan community garden polytunnel.

This paper focuses on research conducted at a community garden in Wythenshawe, established by Real Food Wythenshawe as an example of a ‘meanwhile’ or temporary growing site for people affected by cancer.

By Rebecca St. Clair, Michael Hardman, Richard P. Armitage and Graeme Sherriff
Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
Cambridge University Press
June 6, 2017

Abstract:

The rise of Urban Agriculture projects across the UK has led to a surge of interest in their efficacy and resulting social impacts. Real Food Wythenshawe is a Lottery-funded urban food project in the UK that aims to teach the population of Wythenshawe to grow their own food and to cook from scratch. The area, popularly referred to as ‘Europe’s largest council estate’, suffers from high levels of deprivation and has been described as a ‘food desert’ due to a perceived lack of access to fresh fruit and vegetables (Small World Consulting, 2013). In order to encourage Wythenshawe residents to grow their own food and to increase access to fresh fruit and vegetables, Real Food Wythenshawe aims to transform unused areas of land into growing spaces, such as allotments and community gardens.

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UK: The new urban farm in Plymouth that will teach children in a very different way to school

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The council wants to build this facility in the future.

Soon there will be cows, goats, rabbits and chickens all living in the middle of Plymouth on the edge of a housing
estate.

By Sarah Herald
Plymouth Herald
June 03, 2017

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Plans to create a community farm at Derriford Community Park have taken a step forwards after the council formally submitted plans to revamp a former dairy building.

The renovations of the old dairy at the farm will provide a space for schools and colleges to learn more about farm life and will also house a facility for keeping animals.

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Why are so many young Greeks turning to farming?

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A worker spreads olive harvest netting at an olive grove at Plomari village in Lesbos, Greece.

Eight years into an economic crisis, a shortage of jobs is leading many young Greeks to turn to the land.

By Nikolia Apostolou
Aljazeera
May 22, 2017

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Lesbos, Greece – Odysseas Elytis, the Greek Nobel laureate and poet, once wrote: “If you disintegrate Greece, in the end you’ll see that what you have left is an olive tree, a vineyard, and a ship. Which means: with these you can rebuild it.”

Having endured eight years of a deepening economic crisis, thousands of young Greeks are taking heed of Elytis’ words by leaving the cities to work on the land.

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