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Unique urban agriculture container used for demonstration garden in Montreal

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Borough Mayor Russell Copeman in front of the Conserre. Click on image for larger file.

The project is aimed at promoting awareness of the potential of urban agriculture among citizens.

PR News Wire
July 20, 2015

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The Conserre is a container that was transformed into a demonstration garden in which various vegetables, fine herbs and edible flowers were planted on July 7. The project is aimed at promoting awareness of the potential of urban agriculture among citizens. The Conserre will remain at the Vendôme metro station until the fall of 2015. Every week, community education workers will be on site to maintain the garden and answers questions from citizens.

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July 25, 2015   No Comments

Don’t Let Food Be the Problem – Producing too much food is what starves the planet.

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Former U.N. special rapporteur Olivier De Schutter challenges the agency’s claim on hunger, stating that numbers, if anything, have remained steady and explains why local responses, not solely international actions, will defeat hunger.

By Olivier De Schutter
Foreign Policy
July 2015
[Olivier De Schutter (@DeSchutterUNSR), a legal scholar focusing on economic and social rights, served as the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to food from 2008 to 2014.]

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On the consumers’ side, today food-policy councils in North America invoke sovereignty; examples from Toronto to Oakland are increasingly influencing experiments elsewhere. Sovereignty has given rise to farmers markets in Mumbai and Beijing, among other cities, and to school gardens and urban agriculture as citizens seek to reconnect to local farmers and, more broadly, to the food systems on which they depend.

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July 24, 2015   No Comments

Greater Jakarta: City develops urban farming in subdistricts – in 66 location

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“After we set up the plantations, residents will be responsible for taking care of them.”

The Jakarta Post
July 14, 2015

The city administration has developed 66 modest urban farming spots located across various neighborhoods in an effort to make the city “greener”.

Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Security Agency head Darjamuni Taseda said that the 66 locations included those in Gandaria Selatan in South Jakarta, Slipi in West Jakarta and Kebon Bawang in North Jakarta. Darjamuni said that the agency was responsible for setting up the urban gardens and teaching residents how to take care of the plants.

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July 23, 2015   No Comments

Food and the City – Histories of Culture and Cultivation

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Thirteen Essays On Urban Agriculture

Edited by Dorothée Imbert
Harvard University Press
July 2015
(Must see. Mike)

Food and the City explores the physical, social, and political relations between the production of food and urban settlements. Its thirteen essays discuss the multiple scales and ideologies of productive landscapes—from market gardens in sixteenth-century Paris to polder planning near mid-twentieth century Amsterdam to opportunistic agriculture in today’s Global South—and underscore the symbiotic connection between productive landscape and urban form across times and geographies. The physical proximity of fruit and vegetable production to urban consumers in pre-revolutionary Paris, or the distribution of fish in Imperial Edo, was an essential factor in shaping both city and surroundings.

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July 20, 2015   No Comments

Research to define the role of innovation in the business development of urban farming

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Student online survey request

By Mathilde Coussy
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in The Netherlands
2015

I am working at Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in The Netherlands with Mr Jan-Willem van der Schans and Mr Tycho Vermeulen.

In the frame of this work I am currently doing a research on urban farms. My goal is to define the role of innovation in the business development of urban farming.

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July 16, 2015   No Comments

Pilot Project Could Turn Hydro Corridors Into Urban Farms in Toronto

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Community groups are looking to access Hydro One-owned land to grow market gardens.

By Joshua Sherman
Torontoist
July 9, 2015

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Some of Toronto’s hydro corridors could be yielding fruit and vegetable crops in time for next year’s harvest as a fresh pilot project plants roots.

Plans for four market gardens–a cross between a farmer’s market and a community garden–are sprouting through a collaborative effort between the City and Toronto Urban Growers, a local urban-agriculture group.

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July 10, 2015   Comments Off on Pilot Project Could Turn Hydro Corridors Into Urban Farms in Toronto

Big City, Little Farms: A Look at Urban Agriculture

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Maryknoll School students working in air raid garden, Punahou, Honolulu, Hawaii, ca. 1942. Description on photograph of three boys working in an air raid garden at the Maryknoll School in Punahou. “Lettuce-a-plenty from air raid gardens. School desks on porch.Click on image for larger file.

And while in some situations, urban farming is more of a luxury rooted in the desire to know more about one’s food, in others it is a promising means of making good food affordable.

By Grow Intelligence
Providing data, Driving progress
Jun 2015

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Air pollution can also be a destructive reality: in polluted areas of China, for example, crop yields have decreased by 25%. Additionally, although the idea of using wastewater as a form of irrigation may be environmentally romantic—given that the practice offers fertilization and removes dirty water from streets—the water used in this practice can also store disease-causing pathogens. Building a common understanding, standards and practice when it comes to wastewater use will be essential in ensuring the safety of crops produced.

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July 5, 2015   Comments Off on Big City, Little Farms: A Look at Urban Agriculture

Los Gatos, Saratoga: County identifies land pockets for urban farming

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There are 1,074 of vacant lots that have been identified by Santa Clara County as potential urban agriculture incentive zones.

By Judy Peterson
San Jose Mercury News Saratoga
June 17

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There are minimum requirements for the program, including parcel size. Parcels must be at least 4,356 square feet in size but no larger than three acres. In addition, the parcel must be in an urban agriculture incentive zone. It cannot have any dwellings, although tool sheds, greenhouses and produce stands are OK. Also, the entire parcel must be utilized for agricultural activity.

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July 2, 2015   Comments Off on Los Gatos, Saratoga: County identifies land pockets for urban farming

Mapping Urban Agriculture in Chicago

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Much of the 64 acres of land Taylor found were home gardens, illustrating what private yards, decks, and roofs are bringing to the local food movement.

By Susan Coser
OnEarth
June 16, 2015

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With the Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project, researchers are on a mission to find where and how much food is grown within the Windy City. This data was once only available in the form of a hodgepodge of community-garden lists that weren’t always complete or accurate. For instance, when John Taylor, a graduate student at the University of Illinois, compared one of those lists to what he could see on Google Earth in 2012, he found that just 13 percent of the listed gardens produced food.

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July 1, 2015   Comments Off on Mapping Urban Agriculture in Chicago

China: Villages changed into cities liberating women from farm drudgery

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She spent her childhood working in the fields, feeding the family’s pigs. The destruction of rural China became for Xiao Zhang a liberation – and an opportunity. This is the story of how her life changed as much as her country.

By Carrie Gracie
BBC News
June 22, 2015
(Must See. Mike)

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She’d started helping with the farm work almost as soon as she could walk and when she was 11, she dropped out of school.

“Every family was poor but we were poorer,” she says.

“My mother was often ill. As the eldest I always had to help out, feeding the pigs, working in the fields, looking after the little ones.

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San Francisco’s Groundbreaking Urban Agriculture Program Turns One

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There’s a common misconception that you can’t grow food in San Francisco—that it’s too urban, or this or that. That’s absolutely not true.

By Brie Mazurek, CUESA
KQED
June 13, 2015

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CUESA: Tell us about the Urban Agriculture Program and how it’s developed over the last year.

Hannah Shulman: In 2012, people in San Francisco wanted there to be one place where they could get all the information they needed on urban agriculture, everything from where to get materials to build your garden to how to get a permit to build a garden on your property. We are now in 2015, our one-year anniversary.

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June 23, 2015   Comments Off on San Francisco’s Groundbreaking Urban Agriculture Program Turns One

Urban Farming Is Booming, But What Does It Really Yield?

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The benefits of city-based agriculture go far beyond nutrition.

By Elizabeth Royte
Ensia and the Food & Environment Reporting Network
Apr 27, 2015
Elizabeth Royte is the author of three critically acclaimed books; her writing on science and the environment has appeared in Harper’s, National Geographic, Outside, The New York Times Magazine and other national publications.

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FarmedHere, the nation’s largest player in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) pumps out roughly a million pounds (500,000 kg) per year of baby salad greens, basil and mint in its 90,000-square-foot (8,000-square-meter) warehouse on the industrial outskirts of Chicago. Like many hydroponic or aquaponic operations (in which water from fish tanks nourishes plants, which filter the water before it’s returned to the fish), the farm has a futuristic feel — all glowing lights and stainless steel. Employees wear hairnets and nitrile gloves. But without interference from weather, insects or even too many people, the farm quickly and reliably fulfills year-round contracts with local supermarkets, including nearly 50 Whole Foods Markets.

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June 20, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Farming Is Booming, But What Does It Really Yield?

Riverside, California Ag conference pushes urban farming

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Workers pick Navel oranges in Councilman Chris Mac Arthur’s family’s orange grove on Monday, February 17, 2014. Riverside officials are trying two new programs to encourage more agriculture in the greenbelt and keep the citrus that’s left. Kurt Miller, Staff Photogrpher

Mac Arthur, whose family owns a citrus grove, said that urban farming is compatible with conservation, especially in the greenbelt, which has approximately 1,000 fallow acres.

By Fielding Buck
The Press Enterprise
Published: June 9, 2015

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The three-day event is intended to encourage urban farming in the city’s greenbelt and create a “Riverside grown” brand identity, Mac Arthur said in a phone interview earlier this week.

Mac Arthur said the greenbelt is becoming attractive to investors. Factors include 4,600 acres set aside for agriculture, affordable groundwater, and a desire for locally sourced foods.

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June 11, 2015   Comments Off on Riverside, California Ag conference pushes urban farming

South Columbia subdivision to feature edible landscaping

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Apples and berries grow in small gardens May 27 at The Gates, a new subdivision in South Columbia. The gardens, called The Orchard at The Gates, also will provide a space for community education for the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. Photo by Beatriz Costa-Lima.

An edible landscape that not only will beautify the neighborhood but also supply its residents with locally grown food.

By Kylee May
Missourian
June 4, 2015

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COLUMBIA — Adam Saunders spent much of Wednesday crawling on his hands and knees and pulling weeds from around the bushes and trees he and others have planted at The Gates, a residential subdivision being developed near Old Plank Road in south Columbia. Every once in a while, he’d pause to pick a blueberry or a raspberry from one of the bushes and munch on it.

The Gates in many ways will be like the other subdivisions that have been popping up in this fast-growing area. Combined with the nearby Barcus Ridge, the 273-acre property will feature about 270 upscale homes along curvy streets and cul-de-sacs in a neighborhood largely surrounded by woods.

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Toronto Developers See Demand for Urban Agriculture in Condominium Settings

Community Building Through Urban Agriculture

Diamond Schmitt Architects
June 02, 2015

Senior Associate Jennifer Mallard along with Heela Omarkhail of The Daniels Corporation discuss ways urban agriculture is woven into design and development projects.The focus of this 18-min presentation given at Doors Open Toronto 2015 is the Regent Park redevelopment in downtown Toronto. The Diamond Schmittt Architects-designed One Cole and Paintbox condominiums integrate food-based initiatives such as garden plots and a social enterprise restaurant as a means of active community planning.

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June 9, 2015   Comments Off on Toronto Developers See Demand for Urban Agriculture in Condominium Settings