Category — History
“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
Mar 16, 2017
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.
March 24, 2017 No Comments
The artisan who has to work ten hours a day at his trade, if he has been trained to love his garden, not only finds moderate working in it a pleasing recreation, but finds that it adds materially to his slender income.
By Mr. George Moore
Journal of Agriculture and Horticulture
July 1, 1906
(The Journal was the official organ of the Council of Agriculture of the Province of Quebec.)
Again, looking at the question from an economic or several stand point, the advantages of a knowledge of horticulture are not to be despised. The lot of many a poor family might have been made smoother had their head have been taught, how properly to cultivate the little plot of land by which their cottage was surrounded.
March 17, 2017 No Comments
Horticulturist Beate Hahn published ‘The Garden Primer for Kids and Mother’ in 1935.
By Michael Levenston
Mar 14, 2017
(Must see! Mike)
At her home/office in Vancouver, Canada’s famous landscape architect shows us one of her mother’s books on gardening. The book’s artist, Ursel Bartning (1905 – 1990), featured Cornelia in many of the images throughout the book including the cover.
March 15, 2017 No Comments
Renovations underway on historic Fowler Clark Epstein farmhouse
By Yawu Miller
The Bay Street Banner
Feb 15, 2017
Since September, work crews have been busy tackling decades of paint that adorns the 18th century face of Mattapan’s Fowler Clark Epstein Farm. They have embarked upon a historical restoration of the building that is expected to be completed later this year. The Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, built between 1786 and 1806, once occupied part of a 330-acre Dorchester estate; over the years, it was subdivided into smaller lots at a time when the Mattapan section of Dorchester was dominated by farms.
February 21, 2017 Comments Off on Historic farmhouse in Boston will serve as headquarters of the Urban Farming Institute
Native Americans are losing their ability to live off the land as it has crumbled into the Gulf of Mexico. Some of them are trying to figure out how to survive on what’s left.
By Barry Yeoman
Food and Environmental Network
Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy podcast, The Lens
February 9, 2017
A few decades ago, the Pointe-au-Chien tribal members of Louisiana fed themselves well—they fished in nearby waters, raised livestock, planted fruits and vegetables, trapped marsh hens, and even hunted turtle and alligator. But as the tides, driven higher by climate change, started to eat up the tribe’s territory leaving fewer places to put a garden or raise livestock and less terrain to hunt and forage for wild plants, the tribe turned to processed foods. And as water levels continued to rise, so did rates of diabetes and cholesterol.
February 15, 2017 Comments Off on Louisiana tribes restore traditional diets in the face of climate change
When the Spanish arrived in 1519, they drained many of the lakes, shrinking Xochimilco’s agricultural capacity, and forbade the cultivation of indigenous products like chia, a seed favored for its nutritional properties.
By Naomi Tomky
January 31, 2017
But weekdays, calm descends and the garden’s age-long purpose—as a place to cultivate crops—comes into relief. Ricardo Rodriguez, a 41-year-old pioneer in Mexico’s urban agriculture movement, is my guide through the quiet backside of the chinampas (floating islands) where Rodriguez helps the local farmers who are revitalizing traditional agriculture.
Rodriquez has nothing against the usual eating, drinking, and partying that goes on in the park. But he is quick to emphasize, “That’s just one of the three parts of Xochimilco.” The second part is the commercial farms that propagate huge fields of flowers using pesticides.
February 6, 2017 Comments Off on Mexico’s Ancient Floating Gardens Double As An Experiment In Urban Farming
Wapato tubers were a dietary staple among the indigenous people of the Fraser and Columbia rivers — the garden site is in what is now the Katzie First Nation territory
The History Blog
The tubers were wild plants, not domesticated, and wapato plants can grow deep underground all on their own. It’s an assemblage of rocks that makes it clear that this site wasn’t just a very prolific wild potato patch, but a cultivated wetland garden ingeniously customized by the indigenous people of the area to enhance harvest yields.
January 8, 2017 Comments Off on 3,800-year-old wetland potato garden found in Canada
New York Times
Oct 25, 1860
A Bad Trade – A New York merchant, who does a little farming in a small way, in the eighteenth Ward, had a few barrels of very choice apples on his trees this Fall. Last week a man who was passing by made him a tempting offer for the apples, which was accepted, and the purchaser agreed to gather them the next morning. Our City farmer waited some time for his customer the following morning, and finally proceeded to his business without seeing him. Upon returning home in the evening, he found the purchaser had been there and gathered the apples, but left without paying for them. The City farmer has not seen him since.
December 1, 2016 Comments Off on 1860: Brooklyn City Farmer involved in ‘A Bad Trade’
The farmer’s children can’t lay in the street, however. They might get hit by a taxi.
About New York
By Richard Massock
Aug 23, 1930
(Early use of the term ‘urban agriculture’. Mike)
Right here on Manhattan Island, with its skyscraper, tenements, subways and million population, there’s a farm.
It is the only one in town and it is bounded on three sides by seven story apartments. On the other side is the Tenth Avenue elevated railroad. It is an easy tomato’s throw from Broadway at 213th Street.
It is not, of course, a rancho. It is just a city block in size and it belongs to a New Orleans man who rents it to the Benedettos, Vincent, his wife, their four boys and five girls.
November 25, 2016 Comments Off on 1930: Only working farm in Manhattan 86 years ago
Urban agriculture. Lewis A. Wade hoeing his corn on one-eighth acre on the Chicago river bank between Van Buren Street and Jackson boulevard bridges, not far from the loop. Bridge is elevated lines’ span south of Jackson. (Tribune photo.) [Early use of the tern ‘urban agriculture’. Mike] Click on image for larger file.
Chicago City Farmer
Chicago Daily Tribune
Aug 7, 1940
In the shadow of loop buildings a garden was thriving yesterday. It occupies one-eighth of an acre on the west bank of the Chicago River, between the Van Buren Street and Jackson Boulevard bridges.
Lewis A. Wade has a photographic studio in an adjoining building and tends the garden. He reported yesterday that the corn and tomato yields are exceptionally good. And the lilacs, roses snowballs, and iris grow as luxuriantly as in a rural setting.
November 17, 2016 Comments Off on 1940 Chicago: Cultivates Flowers and Vegetables in Shadow of the Loop
City Farmer Hosts Author For Lecture Series
By Elizabeth Godley
Feb 22, 1982
Dream of ‘city farming’ explained
Richard Britz knows a lot of people think his theories are naive.
But the architect cum systems designer cum landscape philosopher from Eugene, Ore., doesn’t mind.
Britz is author of a resource manual for urban agriculturalists called The Edible City. He was in Vancouver Saturday to speak at the first of 18 weekly lectures sponsored by City Farmer.
November 14, 2016 Comments Off on 1982 Article: Richard Britz Author of ‘The Edible City’ Visits Vancouver
Hoosiers don’t just grow foods in the countryside, where acres of land are open for planting. They grow food in backyards and kitchen windows — in alleyways and on rooftops.
By Erica Quinlan, Field Editor
Oct 31, 2016
During World War II, Victory Gardens were encouraged by the U.S. government to encourage citizens to grow their own food.
“The response we had was pretty amazing,” Toner said. “In Indiana, by 1945 we had gathered up more than 800,000 Victory Gardens. By 1945, Indiana’s Victory Gardens produced almost $11 million in wholesale dollars — nearly $26 million in retail value.
November 9, 2016 Comments Off on Indianapolis has deep roots in urban ag
Click on image for larger file. (L-R) Barbara Raynor, Greg Birdsall, Paula Ford and Michael Levenston stand amid the beginnings of a “demonstration garden” for handicapped people, which will be situated within a garden located at Sixth and Maple. The new garden will feature raised beds and easy access for the handicapped. Jim Harrison Photo.
City Farmer brought together Raynor and Kuchta, acting as consultants, with landscape architect Mary-Jane McKay and carpenter Greg Birdsall to put together a demonstration garden specially designed for the handicapped to work in and learn from.
By Lucill Dahm
Aug 16, 1987
You just can’t hold a determined green thumb down._
Although Barbara Raynor, 52, developed rheumatoid arthritis 15 years ago, eventually leaving her with two artificial knees and a “narrowing lifestyle,” she has been able to create and maintain a backyard “urban garden.”
Aside from the very noteworthy feat of actually accomplishing the carpentry hobby off the ground, Raynor has used the unique perspective of a disabled person to open the door to an activity previously denied to a person without the full use of his or her body.
November 6, 2016 Comments Off on 1987 Article: Ability Garden at City Farmer, Vancouver
Introduced Bill Will Create an ‘Office of Urban Agriculture’ in the United States – Senator Stabenow’s Urban Agriculture Act of 2016
Almost 40 years ago, non-profit City Farmer created ‘Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture’
By Micheal Levenston
City Farmer Society
Oct 23, 2016
City Farmer created its unofficial, non-profit ‘Office’ in 1978 and has run it for almost 40 years to promote the concept of producing food in the city. Over the years, some have referred to City Farmer’s executive director as Canada’s ‘Minister’ of Urban Agriculture. However, City Farmer has always been and remains a tiny NGO.
In the 1980’s, one gentleman flew from Germany to see us and arrived at our office door expecting to see a bustling, official government office. He was disappointed to see a spartan room, staffed by one scruffy employee.
In January of 2016, City Farmer sent Canada’s new federal cabinet ministers a short booklet outlining a proposal asking the Government to consider setting up a National Office of Urban Agriculture.
In September, 2016, US Senator Stabenow’s Urban Agriculture Act of 2016, a comprehensive urban agriculture bill, was introduced in the US Congress.
It has taken 40 years to move an idea of an Office of Urban Agriculture to centre stage. Without a doubt, Senator Stabenow’s bill will be copied around the world.
October 23, 2016 Comments Off on Introduced Bill Will Create an ‘Office of Urban Agriculture’ in the United States – Senator Stabenow’s Urban Agriculture Act of 2016
“In the town of Sheffield in Yorkshire where a great iron manufacture is carried on, there is hardly a journeyman cutler who does not possess a piece of ground which he cultivates as a garden. These people take exercise without doors, but also eat many greens, roots etc. of their own growth, which they would never think of purchasing.” Dr. Buchan who lived in the town 1760-1769.
By N. Flavell
The Agricultural History Review
Many acres of the horticultural land surrounding Sheffield in the late eighteenth century were utilized as allotment gardens. Provincial town histories, apart from those of Birmingham (where small gardens were often different in character) make little or no mention of anything similar for this period.
October 21, 2016 Comments Off on Urban allotment gardens in the eighteenth century: the case of Sheffield, UK