Category — Landscape Architecture
The whole idea with edible landscaping is to design with food in mind by interspersing edible plants with ornamentals.
By Holly Brooke
The Eat Journal
Aug 28, 2015
The North Saanich couple have been operating their business Hatchet and Seed since 2010. The company provides landscape consulting, design, and installation services with a strong focus on organic, ecological and permaculture principles.
The couple agrees that urban farming, while it has been gaining popularity, isn’t for everyone. “On a macro-scale, we are aware of food security as an issue,” says Krawczyk, “but there is a spectrum and most people fall somewhere in the middle.”
December 31, 2016 Comments Off on Eat Your Yard! Edible Landscaping with Hatchet and Seed in Greater Victoria, BC
East Capitol Urban Farm is now embraced, supported, and operated by its community. Removing barriers has afforded Ward 7 residents the opportunity to: plant over 3,600 produce plants; operate 70 garden spaces; engage over 300 D.C. Public School Students
By Dr. Dwane Jones
Special to the AFRO
December 19, 2016
Dwane Jones, PH.D. is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and Resilience, a division of the University of the District of Columbia College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences.
Given the large amount of vacant properties and unused space in many underserved urban areas (cities like Baltimore and Detroit come to mind), it may sound easy. But it’s not. Case in point: In 2015, CAUSES leased three acres of vacant property directly across the street from a Metro stop in D.C.’s struggling Ward 7 to construct the East Capitol Urban Farm. A partnership between several agencies and organizations, East Capitol Urban Farm is the District’s largest-scale urban agriculture and aquaponics facility. It’s an ambitious effort to bring healthy produce to an underserved area of the District.
December 28, 2016 Comments Off on Tear Down That Fence: A Tale Of Urban Farms & The Barriers In Their Way
The project is being driven by the Food Resilience Network, a collaborative group of about 30 organisations which have joined forces to encourage a strong local food economy.
By Liz Mcdonald
November 3 2016
Project co-ordinator Chloe Waretini, of the Food Resilience Network, said it would be Christchurch’s most regenerative building.
It would not only be about resources such as water, energy and food, but also about making cities “more dynamic, lively and people-centred”, Waretini said.
November 9, 2016 Comments Off on New Zealand: Construction of Christchurch’s new edible garden and cafe to start 2017
The Bios Incube has been designed for city dwellers with limited access to natural land, those seeking an alternative to traditional burials, and for people who want to meaningfully connect with their loved ones who have passed away.
After several years of working on the Bios Urn – a biodegradable urn designed to turn you into a tree after you die, – our team has designed a new product that will help us bring the Bios Urn to more people, creating a meaningful experience for us, and the environment.
Bios Incube is the first system that lets you plant your Bios Urn close to you, and combines the insights of tree growth with data from its environment. Depending on the type of tree, the Bios Incube will water it accordingly.
March 8, 2016 Comments Off on Bios Urn, a biodegradable urn designed to convert you into a tree after you die.
“We decided to scan the entire land area of Chicago looking for gardens that hadn’t been reported on any list: backyard gardens, utility right of ways and other things that I could see in Google Earth.”
By Casey Cora
October 28, 2014
In addition to the residential gardens, researchers identified community gardens, urban farms and gardens outside schools. Factor those in and the number of Chicago’s food-producing gardens swells to 4,648 — and that’s not counting the small gardens invisible to Google Earth.
October 28, 2014 Comments Off on First-of-Its-Kind Study Shows Which Neighborhoods in Chicago Have the Most Gardens
The mower, made by Ransomes, dates back to 1902 and cost gardener Andrew Hall £7,000 to restore over four years
By Tom Brooks-Pollock
07 Aug 2014
At the time it was considered a feat of modern engineering, a 20th Century alternative to horse-driven and steam-powered mowers.
It was initially purchased by Cadbury’s and used in the Bourneville village in Warwickshire to maintain a sports field.
Car-makers Peugeot Talbot bought it second-hand in 1923 to mow their sports field in Coventry.
August 8, 2014 Comments Off on First-ever motorised lawn-mower restored to its former glory
Planning for the Business of Growing Food in BC’s Towns and Cities
By HB Lanarc – Golder
Janine de la Salle, Joanna Clark
2013, 55 pages
Complete Report on-line.
The Urban Farming Guidebook is written to help planners, engineers, and administrators from small and large communities to gain a better understanding of the potential, pitfalls, and best practices for growing, potentially raising, and selling food within town boundaries. Strategies and approaches outlined in the Guidebook provide local governments with tools to proactively plan for urban farming. This resource has been developed in collaboration and consultation with urban farmers, municipal staff, academics, and advocates.
January 17, 2013 Comments Off on Urban Farming Guidebook
Mapping public and private spaces of urban agriculture in Chicago through the analysis of high-resolution aerial images in Google Earth
Fig. 2. Examples of Google Earth reference images used to identify sites of food production in the city of Chicago: (A) community garden on the city’s far south side and (B) residential garden on the near south side.
The production area of home gardens identified by the study is almost threefold that of community gardens.
By John R. Taylor, Sarah Taylor Lovell
Landscape and Urban Planning
Vol 108, Issue 1
Oct 2012 pages 57-70
Although always a part of city life, urban agriculture has recently attracted increased attention from diverse groups in the United States, which promote it as a strategy for stimulating economic development, increasing food security and access, and combatting obesity and diabetes, among other goals. Developing effective policies and programs at the city or neighborhood level demands as a first step the accurate mapping of existing urban agriculture sites. Mapping efforts in major U.S. cities have been limited in their focus and methodology. Focusing on public sites of food production, such as community gardens, they have overlooked the actual and potential contribution of private spaces, including home food gardens, to local food systems. This paper describes a case study of urban agriculture in Chicago which used the manual analysis of high-resolution aerial images in Google Earth in conjunction with ArcGIS to identify and map public and private spaces of food production.
October 11, 2012 Comments Off on Mapping public and private spaces of urban agriculture in Chicago through the analysis of high-resolution aerial images in Google Earth
After nearly three years of planning, Beacon Hill residents are breaking ground on what will be the nation’s largest public food forest.
By Robert Mellinger
February 16, 2012
Sandwiched between 15th Ave. S. and the play fields at the SW edge of Jefferson Park in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle are seven acres of lonely, sloping lawn that have sat idly in the hands of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) for the better part of a century. At least until this spring, when the land that has only ever known the whirring steel of city mowers will begin a complete transformation into seven acres of edible landscape and community park space known as the Beacon Food Forest.
February 17, 2012 Comments Off on Nation’s largest public Food Forest takes root on Seattle’s Beacon Hill
A garden on wheels designed by Christina Cho
By Rachel Johnson
From Green Harvard
“A Moveable Feast”
June 24, 2010
A garden on wheels may soon be rolling up to your department or dorm, thanks to GSD student Christina Cho. The project, undertaken this spring with the support of an OFS Sustainability Grant, combines food, public art, and community gardening into a unique setting: the Mobile Ethnic Garden.
August 17, 2010 2 Comments
The growing interest in urban agriculture means we need to think about the city in a whole new way.
By Dorothée Imbert
Published by the Boston Society of Architects
Vol 13 No 3
August 4, 2010
Dorothée Imbert is the chair of the Master in Landscape Architecture program at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University. She is the author of Between Garden and City: Jean Canneel-Claes and Landscape Modernism (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010)
The contemporary enthusiasm for urban agriculture presents a paradox: zoning regulation, olfactory and sound control, and moral opprobrium have erased almost all traces of food production within most Western cities. This contradiction reveals the difficulty of integrating agriculture into urban systems and the need for landscape architects, planners, and community activists to tackle policy. The perception of urban agriculture as a temporary land use for disenfranchised inner-city populations is also likely to hinder its potential to form a new type of open space.
August 9, 2010 Comments Off on Let Them Eat Kale – Boston Society of Architects
Public Farm 1 (PF1) was the winning entry for the 2008 MoMA/PS1 Young Architect Program. Built in the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center’s courtyards, the temporary installation introduced a 1000m2 fully functioning urban farm in the form of a folded plane made of structural cardboard tubes. PF1 combines infrastructure with public space, engaging the visitor to re-imagine the city’s infinite possibilities.
Built entirely of biodegradable and recyclable materials, PF1 was powered by solar energy and irrigated by a rooftop rainwater collection system that kept the project off the city’s grid. Throughout the summer, the farm produced over 50 varieties of organic fruit, vegetables and herbs that were used by the museum’s café, at special events, and harvested by visitors.
December 16, 2009 Comments Off on Public Farm 1, New York
Landscape architecture professor travels 18,000 kilometres across the North America to study urban agriculture
PHOTO BY KAREN LANDMAN. In Milwaukee, the Growing Power organization offers tours of its urban farm to give people, especially children, a chance to see where their food comes from.
Yes in My Backyard
Landscape architecture professor Karen Landman hits the road to see how people in Canada and the United States are bringing farming to the city
BY TERESA PITMAN
University of Guelph
Prof. Karen Landman, Environmental Design and Rural Development, grew up on a dairy farm, but she says her father wouldn’t recognize as farmers the people she met this summer when she travelled more than 18,000 kilometres across the western United States and Canada to study urban agriculture. They were growing food commercially in the city.
“I met with academics, social advocates, people who train others in the techniques of urban farming and, of course, urban farmers themselves,” she says.
November 14, 2009 Comments Off on Landscape architecture professor travels 18,000 kilometres across the North America to study urban agriculture
Fungi and Rhubarb Garden – The north facing end of the site will be in shade most of the day and most of the year. Large logs would be impregnated with fungi spores, the rhubarb and mint would be grown beneath them providing interesting food and creating am exotic and educational lunch time destination.
Leadenhall City Farm
By Mitchell Taylor Workshop
“Parks, allotments and markets are set to spring up across Britain on the sites of building projects that have been mothballed in the recession.
“Piers Taylor, of Mitchell Taylor Workshop, one of the practices shortlisted for the Leadenhall site has proposed a city farm, populated with colour-coded chickens. He wants to create grassy banks to picnic on and plant blackberry bushes amid the surrounding steel, granite and glass.”
– from The Times Oct 30, 2009
November 11, 2009 Comments Off on Leadenhall City Farm Proposal – London, England
Trengwainton House, near Penzance, Cornwall. Gardens are open to the public. All photos. NTPL/Andrew Butler
Kitchen garden crops are gradually being reintroduced into the productive area. Visitors can climb on to a raised platform to take in the scale of the walled gardens and their unique raised beds, built to the dimensions of Noah’s Ark, as described in The Bible.
See photos of the Kitchen Garden. Follow – “Read More”.
October 28, 2009 Comments Off on Kitchen Garden at Trengwainton Garden, Britain