Category — Planning
Feeding the City in Europe and the World – Urban Agriculture – an Integral Part of Urban Planning
4th of March 2014 at 16.30-18.30
Under the Auspices of the Members of the European Parliament:
Göran Färm, Swedish Social Democratic Party (S&D Group)
Kent Johansson, Swedish Centre Party (Alde Group)
By 2050, 90% of the world’s population will live inside cities.
Already today, 70% of the world’s arable land is used for crop production.
According to the UNDP, estimates show that urban agriculture already delivers 20% of today’s food.
March 2, 2014 No Comments
The report indicated high levels of support for urban agriculture initiatives on public lands and City-owned spaces, and lower levels of support for initiatives on private property.
By Sara Wilson
Airdrie City View
Feb 20, 2014
Residential support for City-operated community gardens came in at 94.3 per cent in favour, rooftop gardens received 88.6 per cent support, edible landscaping garnered 85 per cent approval rating and beehives on public lands received 57.9 per cent approval. The report indicated residents support for private/backyards were slightly lower at 81.6 per cent for front yard edible gardens, backyard hens received less support at 57.1 per cent and backyard bees just garnering 50.7 per cent support.
February 27, 2014 No Comments
Get connected with the farms, gardens and markets in your neighborhood and help Kansas City get growing!
By Cultivate Kansas City
We are thrilled to launch our interactive Get Growing KC Map! This is a wonderful resource for our community to connect with urban farmers, community gardens, educational gardens and farmers markets. Go in and add your farm, garden or market! You can upload a photo, tell people where to find your produce, or let the community know if you have garden plots available! Get connected with the farms, gardens and markets in your neighborhood and help Kansas City get growing.
February 17, 2014 Comments Off
Urban agriculture in the form of community gardens interests INRA researchers at AgroParisTech for their quantitative as well as their qualitative contribution to feeding the local population, and also for their innovative practices with respect to cultivation choices and consumption modes.
Pourias J Aubry C. 2013. Locally grown food within cities: food function of Parisian associative gardens Comm au
INRA Science and Impact
Jan 10, 2014
Up to 1000 ha of community gardens: a surface equivalent to that used by market gardeners in the Ile-de-France region
Despite the amount of land they cover (while awaiting the results of an ongoing inventory by the Institute for Urban Planning and Development for the Ile-de-France region, it is thought that an almost equivalent area of land is covered by community gardens and by market gardeners in the region), no data are available regarding the quantities of fruits and vegetables harvested from these gardens.
February 11, 2014 Comments Off
Photo by Remi Kahane, taken in October 2011 in Maputo green belt, Mozambique. These often flooded areas are not only food productive, but have also a social role, employing people, stimulating exchanges and discussions, where issues on environment, practices and nutrition can be addressed in common. Click on image for larger version.
Kathmandu Metropolitan City also allocated around 30,000US$ for a rooftop garden programme
Update # 20
International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security
Excerpts from RUAF Update:
Integrating urban agriculture in city climate change strategies
As part of this joint UN Habitat-RUAF project, a policy workshop on “Rooftop gardening as an environmental and climate change strategy” was organised in Kathmandu, Nepal December 19, 2013. The workshop counted with participation of local policy makers, NGOs, research organisations, RUAF and UN Habitat Nepal. A draft rooftop gardening policy was discussed and submitted in January 2014 to a municipal council meeting for approval. Kathmandu Metropolitan City also allocated around 30,000US$ for a rooftop garden programme for the upcoming fiscal year 2014/2015.
February 5, 2014 Comments Off
Laurent Klein, président du think tank Société des Agriculteurs de France (SAF)
By Laurent Klein
Dans une perspective de renouveau des territoires, notre think tank SAF agriculteurs de France défend l’idée d’une agriculture « dans et pour les villes », qui redonne un nouveau souffle aux campagnes, en fait des pôles de culture, de santé, de bien-être, de développement économique. Ceci dans un esprit d’intelligence collective, si chère justement aux urbanistes.
January 28, 2014 Comments Off
January 18, 2014
HCM CITY (VNS) — The agricultural sector will strive to maintain growth of over 6 per cent in agro-forestry and fisheries production this year, according to the HCM City Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Speaking at a meeting in HCM City this week, the department’s director Nguyen Phuoc Trung said: “Despite facing many difficulties, the city’s agro-forestry and fisheries sectors grew by 6.1 per cent last year, which was 2.07 times higher than the country’s average figure.”
January 26, 2014 Comments Off
A new ordinance makes it legal, even easy, to start a farm in the city. Here’s what the future could hold.
By Leon Neyfakh
Jan 19, 2014
Until the turn of the 20th century, it wasn’t all that unusual for Bostonians to earn their living through farming, and as late as 1895, the city was producing more crops and livestock products than any Massachusetts town except Dartmouth. This changed as the city modernized and grew denser, driving real estate prices up and eventually, in 1965, leading to the passage of a citywide zoning code that introduced all kinds of bureaucratic obstacles to starting a farm anywhere in Boston.
January 18, 2014 Comments Off
‘With a growing interest in gardening, food preservation and livestock, urban agriculture is making its way to the forefront of planning and policy agendas.’
Reports by Sheila Golden
Agricultural Sustainability Institute at University California Davis
Excerpt from website:
The University of California Sustainable Agriculture and Education Program (SAREP) has compiled an extensive annotated bibliography on social, health, and economic impacts of urban agriculture. This bibliography is meant to provide policy makers and urban agriculture practitioners with articles that discuss researched impacts. It is accompanied by a quick-reference resource and a literature review.
January 15, 2014 Comments Off
Perhaps it’s time to add disaster recovery to the list of urban agriculture’s benefits.
By Nicola Twilley
January 6, 2014
Currently, 70 percent of America’s food supply is refrigerated at some point in its journey from farm to table, and without refrigeration, meat, chicken, seafood and dairy last just two hours before they’re unsafe to eat. Perishable fruits and vegetables often have only a day or two at room temperature before they turn to mush.
January 14, 2014 Comments Off
Alissa Jacobsen, Harvey and Rose’s granddaughter, is spearheading the efforts to reclaim the farm for the family. Once used to raise race horses, the land was classified as residential several years ago with no arguments from the family. Alissa holds Bitsy, one of her young dairy goats. Photo by John Doman.
“They overcame a big hurdle going from residential to any kind of ag classification,”
By Elizabeth Mohr
Tucked between clusters of houses and an Oakdale nature preserve, there’s a family with a small farm and big ideas.
Rose and Harvey Jacobsen, with their granddaughter Alissa Jacobsen, have been working tirelessly for the past two years to convert their 15 acres into a working farm.
January 3, 2014 Comments Off
A Brooklyn community garden once wrecked by Sandy and revived by people in the neighborhood has been wrecked again — not by Mother Nature this time, but by the City Council.
City bulldozes community garden in dead of night
By Aaron Feis and Kate Briquelet
New York Post
December 29, 2013
What the cluck?
A developer bulldozed a beloved community garden in Coney Island on Saturday to make way for an amphitheater — uprooting 20 chickens on a decades-old plot that survived Hurricane Sandy.
Construction workers entered the Boardwalk Garden under the cover of darkness and chucked tools and wheelbarrows, along with farm fowl and a colony of feral cats, activists say.
January 1, 2014 Comments Off
How can agriculture be integrated into the urban structure and the urban development process in Casablanca
The project is a research and demonstration project of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the research program “Research for the Sustainable Development of Megacities of Tomorrow – Energy- and Climate-Efficient Structures in Urban Growth Centres” of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Urban Agriculture in Casablanca, Morocco
• Rapid urban growth is reducing and fragmenting agricultural land within the city region
• Conventional planning tends to neglect agriculture and open space as valuable resources and parts of the regional land use structure
• Informal development further contributes to the fragmentation of land us patterns and the reduction of open space
• Low awareness of the potential of urban agriculture for a productive green infra- structure and sustainable food supply
December 27, 2013 Comments Off
Paige Witherington is the farmer at Serenbe Farms, a 30-acre certified organic and biodynamic farm adjacent to a housing development outside Atlanta. It’s one of more than 200 or so subdivisions with an agricultural twist nationwide. Photo by Serenbe.
Development-supported agriculture, a more intimate version of community-supported agriculture
by Luke Runyon
The Salt NPR
December 17, 2013
When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses.
But now, there’s a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are serving as the latest suburban amenity.
December 25, 2013 Comments Off
By Vlad Dumitrescu
This research was undergone by Vlad Dumitrescu as an Intern at Rotterdam Municipality’s Engineering and Environmental Bureau in close contact with Edible Rotterdam, the expert group on urban agriculture.
Urban agriculture (UA) is an increasingly global trend due to the benefits that it can bring to urban environments. The range of benefits is very diverse, from environmental (stormwater mitigation, air purification, nutrient recycling, urban cooling etc.) or social (food security, education, recreation, physical activity, improvement in healthy eating, improved social cohesion etc.) to economical (income generation, added real estate value, supplying niche markets etc.). In the context of the Netherlands, a highly industrialized country, food security is not currently the main motivation behind the practice, but rather the effort to increase awareness of the importance of local food and its impacts. Rotterdam is a pioneering city in terms of UA, hosting more than 100 active initiatives besides the allotment complexes. However, most of these initiatives are small and do not have significant impacts on a citywide scale.
December 19, 2013 Comments Off