Category — Planning
A densely populated area in Cape Town, the Cape Flats is home to townships, informal settlements and century-old neighourhoods.
By Helen Sullivan
How We Made It In Africa
12 October 2016
These days the PHA farmers face more formidable opponents than horses. Consol Glass has applied for a mining licence, looking to dig up valuable silica sand, and a property developer has proposed a scheme made up of commercial housing, a shopping centre and private prison on land currently used for farming. Sonday says that this development would destroy a third of the PHA’s most productive land.
October 23, 2016 No Comments
Agriculture has big role to play in curbing greenhouse gas emissions – Rapid action needed to put smallholders and food systems on sustainable paths
FAO Press Release:
17 October 2016, Rome
The pledge to eradicate hunger and poverty must go hand in hand with rapid transformations of farming and food systems to cope with a warmer world, FAO said today in a new report.
Agriculture, including forestry, fisheries and livestock production, generate around a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture must both contribute more to combating climate change while bracing to overcome its impacts, according to The State of Food and Agriculture 2016.
“There is no doubt climate change affects food security,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said while presenting the report. “What climate change does is to bring back uncertainties from the time we were all hunter gatherers. We cannot assure any more that we will have the harvest we have planted.”
That uncertainty also translates into volatile food prices, he noted. “Everybody is paying for that, not only those suffering from droughts,” Graziano da Silva said.
October 17, 2016 No Comments
“We’re in Silicon Valley, and don’t get me wrong – I love technology,” she says. “But I can’t eat computers.
By Honora Montano
New American Media
Oct 6, 2016
While Silicon Valley is known for cutting-edge technology and the wealth that comes with it, poor neighborhoods like East San Jose have some of the highest inequities in the Bay Area. Low-income kids in Santa Clara County are 60 percent more likely to be overweight compared their peers. Heart disease and diabetes are also growing problems, with large disparities among the county’s low-income and non-white residents.
Jamie Chen, organizing director with La Mesa Verde, says many families seek out their garden programs precisely because they have health issues, including diabetes, obesity and cancer.
October 13, 2016 No Comments
Eleanor Derrick, 74, a retired nutritional service worker plants some of her crops including beans, peppers, cherry tomatos,and lettuce for her and her husband at Carroll Terrace. Click on image for larger file.
“We’re not saving the world,” he said. “But we’re chipping away at it, working towards a healthy society. I believe very strongly the work we’re doing is worthwhile.”
By Linda Harris
The State Journal
Sep 22, 2016
If Danny Swann had his way, empty lots across West Virginia would be turned into urban gardens. And instead of sitting indoors playing video games, kids would spend their spare time in the sun, wind and rain learning how to grow foods and flowers.
“Seven or eight years ago I was a college kid in my early 20s and living in East Wheeling, kind of on the wrong side of the tracks,” Swann said. “I was working at a youth center and I wanted to figure a way to get kids outdoors, a way I could connect to them — gardening was a medium to do that.”
October 3, 2016 Comments Off on Many praise urban agriculture throughout West Virginia as building a healthier, stronger community
Core Orchards Detroit, created by nonprofit Wolverine Human Services, has raised more than $400,000 for the project.
By Elissa Robinson
Detroit Free Press
September 24, 2016
Michigan is home to hundreds of apple orchards, filled with acres of tart and tangy, crisp and crunchy, sweet and juicy apples.
But you won’t find a single orchard in the city of Detroit.
October 2, 2016 Comments Off on Detroit’s first U-pick apple orchard could become reality
John Lindsay (left) and James Seward hold fresh produce from the community garden on Wiota Street. They are concerned that developers are interested in bidding on the property. ( Margo Reed / Staff Photographer)
It’s not the only garden facing potential closure in the rapidly developing area, which has been identified as one in need of community-garden preservation by a nonprofit devoted to the cause.
By Tricia L. Nadolny
Sept 18, 2016
Unlike a traditional community garden with neighbors claiming their own plots, Wiota Street is designed to grow as much produce as possible.
The sweet, green, and jalapeño peppers are in plot three; celery, rhubarbs, and beans are in plot four; flowers are in plot five; and turnips are in plot six. A peach tree anchors the property. Compost bins run along one wall, and a grape arbor stands near the Powelton Avenue fence. Herbs, marked with colorful signs painted by students from a local charter school, are in the far corner.
September 25, 2016 Comments Off on In West Philadelphia, a community garden threatened by development
Northfields Allotments plotholders have been informed by Pathways in recent weeks of their intentions to build over at least 10% of the nearly 200-year-old site, with further plans to construct a mix of social and private housing.
By Luke Bartlett
They is Local London
Sept 16, 2016
Francesca Bussey, Northfields resident and allotment owner, said: “We live in a social housing flat with no access to a garden of our own.
“In 18 months my daughter and I have transformed the plot from weeds and brambles to our own little patch of heaven.
September 25, 2016 Comments Off on UK: Residents rise up against’ plans to build over London’s oldest allotments
Africa: Can farmers extend their cultivation areas in urban agriculture? A contribution from agronomic analysis of market gardening systems around Mahajanga (Madagascar)
Our study provides urban planners with insights on the respective parts played by farming systems, territorial resources and organization of marketing systems in the supply of the cities by urban agriculture.
By M. Mawoisa, C. Aubryb, M. Le Bail
Land Use Policy
17 September 2010
The rapid urbanization in developing countries implies an increasing pressure on urban agriculture for production. As most perishable food products come from this agriculture in close proximity to population concentrations, we analysed from an agronomic point of view how market-garden farmers can meet this increasing urban demand. This work took place in the case of Mahajanga, a secondary city with high increasing demographic rate on the Northwest coast of Madagascar. Based on preliminary surveys to characterize the farming systems (on a sample of 91 farms), 11 market-garden farmers chosen in the three main agricultural zones of the urban area were surveyed during two years.
September 11, 2016 Comments Off on Africa: Can farmers extend their cultivation areas in urban agriculture? A contribution from agronomic analysis of market gardening systems around Mahajanga (Madagascar)
‘I don’t understand why they don’t just put the tower up and let us work the rest,’ says one resident
Sept 7, 2016
Residents in the Riverview neighbourhood say Hydro One is taking a “scorched earth” policy to their community vegetable gardens.
The electricity provider plans to upgrade the towers and twin the existing, single 115 kV transmission line between the Overbrook Transformer Station on Coventry Road and Balena Park in the Riverview neighbourhood next April.
September 7, 2016 Comments Off on Ottawa: Gardens to be demolished as part of Hydro One upgrade
“Some of these ideas might impact communities with vacant land and we want to make sure the impacts are positive, that the community would like to see these agricultural activities,”
By Eli Chen
StL Public Radio
Aug 29, 2016
The survey has received more than 600 responses, with many describing the challenges of acquiring land in St. Louis to set up a farm. In particular, residents said that land isn’t affordable, residential taxes are too high to grow food and there is also no guarantee that a property managed by the city’s Land Reutilization Authority won’t be bought by someone else.
September 4, 2016 Comments Off on Survey seeks ideas on how to make urban agriculture easier in St. Louis
(2nd in series) Agriculture flourishes in the city’s vacant lots—but can it survive the push towards revitalization?
By Jessica Leigh Hester
The Atlantic: City Lab
Aug 30, 2016
Two years ago, Brittany Bradd, an activist in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood, bought an acre of land that she planned to farm. Ever since, she’s been trying to buy an additional property that remains in limbo. “Some lots are just paperwork in boxes,” she says. Another farmer told me that he plans to visit the Land Bank in person—he wants to leave with a receipt in hand.
September 1, 2016 Comments Off on Growing Pains for Detroit’s Urban Farms
This is the first installment of a three-part series. The second will explore how urban agriculture fits in to the city’s redevelopment plans; the third dives in to putting the harvest to use.
By Jessica Leigh Hester
From The Atlantic
Aug 29, 2016
By selling his produce at markets and to local restaurants, Willerer is able to support his family from his land. He sells about 200 pounds of salad greens each weekend at Eastern Market, one of the country’s oldest produce marts; an 8-oz. bag of his greens goes for $5. His home and farm are insurance policies against another economic tumble.
August 31, 2016 Comments Off on Detroit’s Urban Growers Are Farming for Their Lives
The department will make available farming land in Bhondsi nearby, where residents can go on weekends or in their spare time, and grow vegetables non-commercially for their household needs.
Aug 28, 2016
Anyone interested in leasing land can approach the district horticulture officer, who will help the resident decide the amount of land they would require, and the crop(s) they can grow on it. The land will be leased out at least for a year at a nominal rate, which has not been decided yet. However, regular maintenance, watering, security, etc, of the garden will be the leasee’s responsibility, which might be a drag for corporate employees looking for a part-time hobby.
August 29, 2016 Comments Off on Gurgaon, India: Lease land for ‘kitchen gardens’
“I want to start my own business,” Sachse said. “So much of the vacant property is in residential neighborhoods and half of the lots in this neighborhood are vacant.”
By David Bruce
Aug 17, 2016
Erie Planning Commission members agreed with Erie City Council that converting vacant lots in the city into small crop farms could be a good idea, but more research is needed.
Commission members voted 3-0 on Tuesday to recommend the city’s zoning office examine how zoning ordinances be amended to permit urban agriculture on residential properties in the city.
August 29, 2016 Comments Off on Erie, Pennsylvania planners seek more research on urban farming
Cities needn’t be wastelands of car-choked roads and pavement. Incorporating food production into ever-expanding urban areas makes cities more livable and enhances the natural systems that keep us alive and healthy.
By David Suzuki
Aug 25, 2016
It’s still possible to grow a lot of food in urban areas, especially with composting and enriched-soil techniques. Ladner writes that Toronto plans to supply 25 percent of its fruit and vegetable production within city limits by 2025, and a study from Michigan State University concluded that Detroit could grow 70 percent of its vegetables and 40 percent of its fruit on 570 vacant lots covering 5,000 acres of city land.
August 25, 2016 Comments Off on Canada’s Environmentalist, David Suzuki: How much food can cities produce?