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South Africa: Johannesburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

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“The city has to find a way of making urban agriculture work in each and every space in the city. Since the inner city is filled with buildings, rooftop gardens is one of the ways we are trying to green the city,” Motsusi says.

By: Schalk Burger
Engineering News
Mar 17, 2017

Excerpt:

Officials of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Food Resilience Unit and the Johannesburg Development Agency are, therefore, working to help establish rooftop vegetable gardens to ensure food security for vulnerable people in the inner city and promote entrepreneurship.

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March 24, 2017   No Comments

1906 Quebec ‘Journal of Agriculture’ Promoted School Gardens

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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.)

Excerpt:

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.

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March 17, 2017   No Comments

Adults’ food skills and use of gardens are not associated with household food insecurity in Canada

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Dr.Valerie Tarasuk, “I know, again, it seems counter-intuitive — you think well if you’re growing your own food you don’t need to buy it, you should have more food,” she said. But small urban gardens don’t produce enough, she said, and fill needs mostly temporarily because they are seasonal.

Objectives: To determine the extent to which Canadian adults’ food preparation and cooking skills and use of home or community gardens relate to their household food insecurity status; and to compare the food shopping and cooking behaviours of adults in food-secure and food-insecure households.

By Anne Huisken, Sarah K. Orr, Valerie Tarasuk
Can J Public Health 2016;107(6):e526–e532
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Only 29.4% of adults in food-insecure households reported using a home or community garden for food, compared with 43.5% of those in food-secure households (chi-square test, p < 0.05). The odds of food insecurity was not significantly associated with the use of gardens for food when this variable was included in a logistic regression model along with individual- and household-level socio-demographic characteristics (Table 2, column 4). [Read more →]

March 16, 2017   No Comments

Holocaust Ghetto Photographs Survived Buried in the Ground – Gardeners 1940-1944

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“The scarecrow too has to carry the yellow star.” Henryk Ross, Polish, 1910 – 1991.


Boy searching for food.

Photojournalist Henryk Ross was forced to work by the Nazi regime as a bureaucratic photographer for the Jewish Administration’s statistics department. He was one of at least 160,000 people held in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland.

All photos by Henryk Ross
Art Gallery of Ontario
The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross
A Collection of Holocaust Photographs
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Excerpt:

Ross buried his negatives in 1944 in attempt to preserve the historical record of what had happened in Lodz. As one of the mere 877 recorded survivors of the ghetto, Ross returned for the negatives after Lodz’s liberation, discovering that more than half of the original 6,000 remained intact.

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March 7, 2017   Comments Off on Holocaust Ghetto Photographs Survived Buried in the Ground – Gardeners 1940-1944

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

‘Get Ireland Growing’ and Energia offer €70,000 to community groups for growing food

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‘Grow It Yourself’ (GIY) is for a healthy, happy world where people grow their own food. Our team is passionate about changing the world one GIYer at a time.

Over the past four years, GIY’s ‘Get Ireland Growing’ initiative has supported over 400 community food growing projects, with €270,000 awarded to projects all across the country.

By Katy McGuinness
Independent.IE
Dec 11, 2016

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Community and voluntary organisations have until January 20 to apply for grants from GIY and Energia’s ‘Get Ireland Growing’ fund, which has a pool of €70,000 to award to groups wanting to start or further develop a community food-growing project in their area. The fund is split across three categories, ‘Sow’, ‘Grow’ and ‘Harvest’ with awards ranging from €500 to €2,000, and will support a minimum of 85 community food growing groups from all across the country.

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December 19, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Get Ireland Growing’ and Energia offer €70,000 to community groups for growing food

Tasmania: Students living with disability hone skills through volunteering in community garden

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The students visit supportive accommodation units once a week to maintain the garden. (ABC Northern Tasmania: Fred Hooper)

“For people with a disability I guess to actually master something that you can do — and you can do well — is really exciting,” Ms Jacobs said.

By Fred Hooper
ABC Northern Tasmania
Nov 30, 2016

Excerpt:

“It was actually quite natural to bring them out into the community so they can use the skills they’ve learnt at school in the community garden for the benefit of other people.”

One of the students working on the vegetable patch was Nathan, who said he enjoyed planting, weeding and watering the garden.

“I work in the garden school, I’m very clever,” Nathan said.

“I’m digging a hole and then I pull the plant out of the container and then put it in the hole and then put the soil back in and then put some hay or something around it and then it’s done.”

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December 5, 2016   Comments Off on Tasmania: Students living with disability hone skills through volunteering in community garden

Metro Atlanta Urban Farm Wins $222,663 USDA Grant

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“Securing this grant for the Urban Farm will create a healthier food source for many of our citizens.”

College Park
Themetroatalantaurbanfarm.com
Nov 5, 2016

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One notable aspect of the farm is that it specializes in growing year-round, and includes varieties of fruits and vegetables not typically grown in metro Atlanta’s climate. The farm recently installed solar panels, and collects water from underground springs for hydration.

Wilson says his vision and responsibility are simple. “Self- sufficiency, self-sustainability and every effort to protect the environment,” he added. “We don’t want anything to leave the farm, so we’ll compost, reuse water, collect solar energy and more.”

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November 11, 2016   Comments Off on Metro Atlanta Urban Farm Wins $222,663 USDA Grant

Vietnam Home Features Accessible Platforms That Integrate Urban Farming

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“Terraces home serves as a constant reminder of the origin of paddy rice civilization in a flat world context, threatened by various types of pollution currently at an alarming level.”

Design Boom
Nov 6, 2016

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In Vietnam, H&P architects has completed a large residence featuring accessible platforms that integrate urban farming as a basis for sustainable development. located in the city of ha tinh, ‘terraces home’ seeks to combine architecture with agriculture, forming a new typology that the architects refer to as ‘agritecture’. influenced by the country’s terraced rice fields, the property intends to dissolve boundaries between internal and external living.

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November 8, 2016   Comments Off on Vietnam Home Features Accessible Platforms That Integrate Urban Farming

Locally Grown Ginger & Urban Farming’s Impact in Buffalo

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Our experiment with growing ginger is just one example of how urban farms can be hot beds of innovation; pioneering new sustainable growing techniques, developing novel crops, and testing new markets.

By Matt Kauffman
Buffalo Rising
October 20, 2016

Excerpt:

Being a tropical plant, growing local sources of ginger in Buffalo is going to include significant challenges. Nonetheless, last year, 5 Loaves Farm was the first farm in WNY to bring local ginger to market. Our “baby ginger” was grown in our hoop houses, right here on the West Side of Buffalo! This year a number of other growers are now trying it out, and our local sources of ginger are growing…

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October 28, 2016   Comments Off on Locally Grown Ginger & Urban Farming’s Impact in Buffalo

Seoul, Korea Pushes for More Urban Rice Farms

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Other ventures by the city to promote rice consumption include establishing an eco-friendly rice production complex, expanding the sales network and support for Gyeongbokgung Rice, and launching field study programs for students. (image: KobizMedia/ Korea Bizwire)

Despite being the most crowded city in Korea, Seoul is still home to 602 rice farms.

By Korea Bizarre
October 10, 2016

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In 2015, some 3.49 million square meters of land were devoted to rice farming in Korea’s capital, producing 1,805 tons of rice, which roughly equals the total daily consumption of the city’s population of 10 million – given that the average rice consumption per capita is 172.3 grams per day (2015).

Of the rice farmed in Seoul, 54 percent was sold to retail franchises, 26 percent to the government, and 15 percent directly to consumers. The rest was consumed by the farmers themselves.

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October 17, 2016   Comments Off on Seoul, Korea Pushes for More Urban Rice Farms

Urban Farming Forum Held in Mumbai

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Enthusiasts at the Urban Leaves, Don Bosco farm, Mating.

A panel discussion chaired by Jayant Kumar Banthia, former State Chief Secretary and chancellor, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), presented several ideas to incorporate urban farming into the city’s plans

By Diipti Jhangiani
The Hindu
Oct 9, 2016

Excerpt:

During the launch, Dr. Parasnis presented the carbon baseline survey of Navi Mumbai. She also shared vital statistics on the high pesticide and heavy metal content in commercially-grown fruits and vegetables. She shared the results of a survey by the University of Baroda, showing how commercially-grown fruits and vegetables contain pesticides like Aldrin, Chlordane, Dichlorvos much beyond the when permissible levels were 0.1 mg/kg.

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October 14, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Farming Forum Held in Mumbai

Berkeley’s Mayoralty Candidates Spar Over Urban Agriculture Package

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Jesse Arreguín: Ben Gould

Ben Gould criticizes Councilman Jesse Arreguín’s Urban Agriculture Proposal

Items from The Daily Californian
Sept 2016
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Excerpt from Gould:

The Urban Agriculture package, meanwhile, does propose specific incentives to encourage farming. It proposes bypassing public review and approval entirely, to automatically allow farms on up to nearly an acre of commercial-zoned land, or of unlimited size on unoccupied residential land. The Urban Agriculture package expands this by-right approval to construction of greenhouses, sheds, and fences; community gatherings and group class instruction; and sales of both raw and processed foods. It imposes no limitations on use of GMOs, pesticides, fertilizer, or industrial farming equipment.

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October 1, 2016   Comments Off on Berkeley’s Mayoralty Candidates Spar Over Urban Agriculture Package

High speed chase ends in community garden in Waterloo, Iowa

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Truck crashes into community garden.

I didn’t realize it really wiped out nearly every boxes they came across. He must have gone airborne when they hit the dirt pile,” said Marshall.

By Taylor Bailey
KWWl
Aug 22, 2016

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The white pick up truck ended up at Grace Gardens, right across from the Boys and Girls Club in Waterloo. Grace Garden is designed to provide free produce to people in the Walnut neighborhood.

The owner of the garden Judy Marshall says she heard it all happen and she was in shock after most of her crops were destroyed.

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on High speed chase ends in community garden in Waterloo, Iowa

Nanofarm: The first appliance that grows food for you

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Kickstarter drive begins

By Replantable
Aug. 22, 2016

From January 2016 until just a few weeks ago, 30 nanofarms have been put through their paces in the homes of our beta testers. Each beta tester has had the chance to harvest between 2-4 crops of produce, and they are very happy with the results.

While the beta testers agree the nanofarm does a great job growing food, they had lots of helpful criticism that led to the added features you see in the production model:

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August 22, 2016   Comments Off on Nanofarm: The first appliance that grows food for you