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Food Security in an Urbanizing Society – a course June 02-13


“From home gardens to agro-parks: working towards resilient agrifood systems serving densely populated areas”

On June 02-13 CDI (Center for Development Innovation) part of Wageningen UR
Rural Sociology Group (RSO Wageningen UR)
Metropolitan Food Cluster team (Alterra, Food & Biobased Research and LEI)
The RUAF Foundation (Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security)

Agricultural production and markets from a spatial perspective
With increasing urbanisation, rural-urban food systems are essential in ensuring food security. The Metropolitan Food Cluster (MFC) approach, in which food production and market systems are integrated into a holistic, systemic and spatial manner, is slowly gaining a foothold in the rural and urban planning agendas. The model incorporates innovative change processes with technical, social and cultural aspects in an adaptive manner, addressing the challenges of complex food systems.

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April 12, 2014   No Comments

Free Webinar Will Focus on Urban Farming Viability

Woman and Wheelbarrow; Les Heures du Boulvé – Anthony Gross, born 1905 – died 1984 (artist).

“Urban Farms: Commercial Farms or Socially Minded Operations?” April 29, 2014

Carolyn Dimitri, Associate Professor of Food Studies at NYU Steinhardt
Andy Pressman, National Center for Appropriate Technology Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Local food was once considered to be in the purview of consumers and small-scale producers. Recently, policymakers, including those residing in cities, began embracing local food systems as a solution to a myriad of urban problems, including lack of green space and a dearth of healthy food availability. As part of this shift in policy, cities and other jurisdictions have embraced production in the urban environment.

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April 8, 2014   Comments Off

La Faim Des Terres 24-25 Avril, 2014, Paris


Foncier and Gouvernance alimentaire des régions urbaines

Suite au colloque inaugural HUNGRY CITY, Nourrir la ville de demain de décembre 2012, IUFN vous propose une nouvelle rencontre internationale autour des enjeux de la gouvernance alimentaire durable des régions urbaines. Elle s’inscrit dans un cycle de conférences bisannuelles qu’IUFN souhaite partager avec la communauté internationale.

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April 4, 2014   Comments Off

‘Carrot City’ exhibition still travelling after five years


Featured in 25 venues on three continents

By Mikaila Kukurudza
The Eye Opener
Mar 25, 2014


What started out as conference with no more than 50 guests discussing innovative ideas about urban agriculture has evolved into an international exhibition that tours the globe. The exhibition, called Carrot City, is currently in its fifth year and has been featured in 25 venues on three continents.

“It cultivated here and just blossomed all over the world … it’s wonderful,” said Sebastian Lubczynski, Carrot City’s first research assistant and Ryerson architecture masters student.

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March 30, 2014   Comments Off

Two food and urban farming conferences in The Netherlands in May 2014


Take action? Collaborative action for more sustainable food systems
PUREFOOD Conference, May 14th, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

On Wednesday May 14th 2014, the international PUREFOOD conference will take place in Utrecht (The Netherlands): “Take action? Collaborative action for more sustainable food systems.” This day marks the finalization of the EU-funded PUREFOOD program. The conference is connected to the Day of Urban Farming (‘Dag van de Stadslandbouw’), which takes place on May 15th in Utrecht.

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March 17, 2014   Comments Off

First Conference on Urban Gardens in Andalusia, Spain


By Raúl Puente Asuero
Comité Pro-Parque Educ. Miraflores
Profesor Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla

On March 29 we will celebrate in Bujalance (Cordoba – Spain) the First Conference on Urban Gardens in Andalusia. Language: Spanish.
The Conference is especially directed to associations and councils that have a few gardens in its municipality or are planning to create one soon.
The Conference will be the start of a series of discussions aimed at creating a network of Urban Gardens in Andalusia in the near future.
If you are interested, you can write to me ( or to the e-mail

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March 8, 2014   Comments Off

The Market Gardener


A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming

By Jean-Martin Fortier
New Society Publishers
March 2014

Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helene feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they’ve developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.

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February 3, 2014   Comments Off

Conference: Grow Riverside – Citrus and Beyond


‘Economic opportunities can result from employing sustainable agriculture in the city’

Presented by Seedstock
March 19-20, 2014

The event will be a two-day, outcomes-based conference designed to examine and develop solutions that will enable cities, Riverside, California in this particular case, to reconnect to their agricultural roots and galvanize citizens, growers, advocates, government officials and other major stakeholders around the economic opportunities that can result from employing sustainable urban agriculture.

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January 13, 2014   Comments Off

Map with potential roof surfaces for commercial ZFarming in Berlin online

mapaerberlinPotential roof surfaces for commercial ZFarming in Berlin

Zero Acreage Farming – Urban Agriculture of the Future

Excerpted from the ZFarm News
Dec 2013 issue

A map is available on showing potential roof surfaces for commercial ZFarming in Berlin. The map was created on the basis of data taken from the Berlin Solar Atlas and the Environment Atlas.

In order to calculate the roof surface potential, flat roofs with an area of at least 500 square metres that would be suitable for solar utilisation were initially selected from data contained in the Berlin Solar Atlas. It was assumed that roof surfaces that were suitable for solar utilisation would also constitute potential space for ZFarming. In addition, various other criteria were defined that need to be taken into account when planning commercial rooftop farming projects: a roof inclination of no more than 8 degrees, building heights not exceeding 50 m, compatible area uses and types, and the homogeneity of the areas. No consideration was made of aspects concerning statics.

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December 26, 2013   Comments Off

1952 Netherlands – The city dweller and his allotment

A short video of a Dutch allotment garden (in Dutch)

International Congress of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners 2014 in Utrecht – The Netherlands.

The congress of the Office International du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux will be held from 28 till 30 August 2014. The Dutch federation, AVVN, will organize this congress. Delegates from 15 countries, representing over 3 million families, will visit Utrecht and discuss the developments and trends in allotment and leisure gardening.

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November 18, 2013   Comments Off

Permaculture Research Institute – 2014 Urban Farming Certification Program

An urban farm site created by 2013 UFCP participant.

‘We believe that a holistic approach to urban farming provides an uplifting and healing process important for deepening these connections, reskilling our communities, and transforming the world around us.’

In Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Urban Farming Certification Program is a permaculture-based, comprehensive 9 month training program that weaves together classroom work, individual mentoring, and hands-on practical farming experience that help create abundant urban spaces, skilled farmers, and community leaders in the local foods movement.

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October 16, 2013   Comments Off

Malaysia’s National Symposium On Urban Agriculture


Tentative Program – 17 October 2013

Speakers and Topics:

Spearheading Urban Agriculture in Malaysia
Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Fauzi Ramlan, Vice Chancellor, UPM
[Chairman: Prof Dr. Ghizan Saleh, National Professors Council]

Current Issues and Challenges in the Region on Urban
Agriculture towards Resilient Food Systems
Ms. Shashi Sareen
Senior Food Safety and Nutrition Officer
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Thailand, Bangkok

Sustainable Development of Urban Farming in Malaysia
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yahya Awang
Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, UPM

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October 9, 2013   Comments Off

Law Review 2014 Symposium, ‘Going to Seed: Urban Agriculture in Distressed Cities’

warkids1940′s. School children holding one of the large heads of cabbage raised in the War garden of Public School 88, Borough of Queens, New York City.

To assess the role urban agriculture plays in the economic recovery of economically distressed cities

The Law Review of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law invites proposals for its 2014 Symposium, “Going to Seed: Urban Agriculture in Distressed Cities,” scheduled for Friday, March 7, 2014. This symposium will bring together both national scholars and local leaders to assess the role urban agriculture plays in the economic recovery of economically distressed cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. Symposium organizers invite proposals for presentations and panels for the event.

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October 7, 2013   Comments Off

India’s Farm University Holds Seminar on Rooftop Gardening

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University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, celebrates its Golden Jubilee year with Urban Horticulture and Organic Roof Top Gardening Seminar – Oct 27, 28, 2013

Excerpt from brochure:

Urban Agriculture (Krishi) necessarily connoting the
pursuit of horticulture is now the new buzz in the life of people
of the metropolises. Gardening has always served as a balm for
these sore souls. The realm of kitchen garden – growing one’s
own food including medicine around homes and in the new
acres’ bought nearer their city homes is leading to revolutions
of sort.

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September 25, 2013   Comments Off

Rooftop Farm Wedding in New York

This shoot, produced by Viva Max Weddings and Molly Oliver Flowers, celebrates the beauty and abundance of Brooklyn farming while highlighting an amazing wedding look that is bold, rich, lush and of course beautiful.

Rustic Urban Wedding Ideas At Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm

Wedding Chicks


From Viva Max Weddings:
This shoot, produced by Viva Max Weddings and Molly Oliver Flowers, celebrates the beauty and abundance of Brooklyn farming while highlighting an amazing wedding look that is bold, rich, lush and of course beautiful. We wanted to show that a farm wedding can be elegant and hip, not just hippie. Viva Max Weddings and Molly Oliver Flowers curated a group of vendors that really embraced this lush feeling and kept things Brooklyn-focused, beautiful and eco-friendly. Les Loups Pictures + Songs captured everyone’s immense talent despite the fact that we were hit by numerous torrential rainstorms throughout the day. The images are breathtaking. Paperfinger’s hand written calligraphy was sprinkled throughout the shoot. That splash of color and wild feel to her words added so much energy to our look.

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September 13, 2013   Comments Off