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Nepal: Fertile lands turning into concrete jungle

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A view of Kathmandu Valley from Kirtipur.

Most of the urban growth in Nepal is happening at the expense of fertile farmlands and cities are using peripheral land in a wasteful manner due to the lack of clear policies on the preservation of farmlands

Himalayan News Service
May 21, 2017

Excerpt:

In Nepal, urban agriculture has gained attention as a legitimate urban issue only in recent years.

“So far, the tendency among urban policymakers had been to view agriculture as a sector non-compatible to urban development. There has been renewed interest in integrating the issue of food security into urban development process,” it said.

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May 25, 2017   No Comments

Lord Heseltine addresses the potential of horticulture to benefit deprived communities

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Lord Heseltine.

“Step by step as urban living has created the huge conurbations, people have sought to use nature to humanise the built environment. I think this is a lesson with still much to teach us.

By Matthew Appleby
Horticulture Week
May 22, 2017
(Must read. Mike)

Excerpt:

“There are no simple answers to complex questions but gardening can play a part. Derelict land is all too present. Provide them with the tools to plant it. If they plant it they may feel a pride in what they did. They may wish to defend it, even extend it. The work requires little skill but it offers ladders. If a person starts by tidying the garden of an elderly pensioner, there is a short journey to a full time job with elderly folk willing to pay someone to do the same in nearby more prosperous suburbs.

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May 23, 2017   No Comments

Portugal: Lisbon develops urban farming as part of its anti-crisis strategy

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The city plans on expanding the green space available for farming by converting a six hectares swamp into a large urban farm dedicated to the formation of unemployed inhabitants.

By Luc Berman
New Europe
June 8, 2015

Excerpt:

About five hundred families are currently managing and eating from the vegetables and fruits they harvested from their green plot. By 2017, the city aims at doubling the number of families benefitting from this program by transforming a few of the 25 hectares of green spaces still available in the city.

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May 21, 2017   No Comments

‘Doomsday’ seed vault meant to survive global disasters breached by climate change

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The Global Seed Vault. By Crop Trust.

Fortunately, no seeds were damaged

By Alessandra Potenza
Verge
May 19, 2017

Excerpt:

The seed bank designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants in the event of global disaster isn’t prepared to withstand the greatest global disaster facing our planet: global warming. Melting permafrost on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, where the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located, has seeped into the seed bank, raising questions of how the structure will be able to survive in the future as the Earth keeps warming.

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May 20, 2017   No Comments

Detroit Urban Farming Plan Shifts to Be More Neighborly

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Core Orchards Detroit.

He says anything is better than a lot of what currently surrounds his home, mostly long stretches of empty fields that are only mowed twice a year or burnt-out properties.

By Serena Maria Daniels
Next City
MAY 9, 2017

Excerpt:

Glen Jones would have liked to see new housing go up on the empty lot that abuts his property on Detroit’s east side. Maybe a new business that would bring jobs to the neighborhood.

When he and other residents saw renderings of an 11-acre redevelopment project that would instead convert the vacant land into one of the city’s first large-scale U-pick orchards featuring the Michigan apple, they balked. Though the nonprofit behind the urban agriculture project said it would employ some locals, Jones says the plan did not sit well with some.

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May 18, 2017   No Comments

Reuters Africa: No set menu to feed cities’ growing appetite

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Yet despite the benefits of urban farming, simply boosting the numbers of city farmers will not guarantee that cities can feed everyone or protect their food supply, experts say.

By Astrid Zweynert
Reuters Africa
May 15, 2017

Excerpt:

“Local agricultural production has to be part of a diverse food system to become a reliable secure food source for growing urban populations,” Pay Drechsel of the International Water Management Institute in Colombo told the Bonn conference.

Migration from rural areas to fast-growing cities in the developing world adds more complexity as an increasing number of people living in informal settlements and slums turn to urban farming, studies have shown.

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May 15, 2017   No Comments

Germany: Land use and regional supply capacities of urban food patterns: Berlin as an example

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Area use in ha and per cent for supplying Berlin according to type of land (left) and region of origin (right) in 2010 [own presentation and calculation based on NVS II, BMELV, FAOSTAT and others]

The article used the capital Berlin as an example to investigate different options industrialized nations (in particular urban areas) may have in order to contribute to a globally fairer and ecologically more sustainable supply system.

By Susanna Esther Hönle, Toni Meier, Olaf Christen
Science and Research
June 14, 2016

Abstract:

The future of world food security is often discussed in terms of population growth and climate change. The countries of the “Global South” are considered particularly vulnerable. However, increasing population in cities mean that food security is also of considerable relevance for the “Global North”. The focus here is not on food shortages, but on the “delocalization” of the production and consumption of food, which is making cities highly dependent on external factors.

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May 10, 2017   Comments Off on Germany: Land use and regional supply capacities of urban food patterns: Berlin as an example

Canada: An urban farm beneath BC Hydro power lines in Langley?

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Plans call for cultivation of urban agriculture along the 23 acre (9.4 ha) BC Hydro transmission right-of-way.

The City of Langley, along with the Metro Vancouver regional authority and Kwantlen Polytechnic University have announced plans for a Langley Urban Agriculture Demonstration Project.

By Monique Tamminga
Langley Times
May 3, 2017

Excerpt:

“This project aims to bring compatible urban farming to a power line corridor in an established single family residential neighbourhood,” said Roy Beddow, deputy director of Development Services and Economic Development at the City of Langley.

“In addition to demonstrating the potential for local food production, the project will also create community partnerships and educational opportunities while enhancing amenity values in a utility corridor.”

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May 9, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: An urban farm beneath BC Hydro power lines in Langley?

San Francisco recommits to urban agriculture during housing crisis

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With the closure of Little City Garden last year, Supervisor Hillary Ronen introduced a resolution recommitting The City to agriculture. (Michael Ares/2015 Special to S.F. Examiner)

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday recommitting The City to urban agriculture and calling on city departments to evaluate parcels of land that could be well-suited for growing fruits and vegetables.

By Joshua Sabatini
SF Examiner
April 26, 2017

Excerpt:

“I understand that there are questions about competing priorities for land use given our huge affordability and housing crisis in The City,” said Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who introduced the resolution. “While housing is a top priority, we also have to balance our housing development in this growing city with some urban agricultural space.”

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Global Urban Agriculture

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One of the first volumes to bring together evidence from urban agriculture in the Global North and the Global South

Edited by A WinklerPrins,
US National Science Foundation, USA
May 2017 / Hardback / 251 Pages
(Must see. Mike)

In one of the first books to consider urban agriculture in a global context, this book brings together material from around the world, illustrating how urban agriculture is much more than growing food. The book opens with an introductory chapter (WinklerPrins) defining urban agriculture and discussing how the topic has been differentially treated around the world, comparing and contrasting UA between the Global North and South.

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Speaker promotes urban agriculture at Philippines’ 2017 Science Awards Ceremonies

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Gardening in schools is the most viable approach to urban agriculture to produce larger quantities of crops since many schools (at least in Metro Manila) still have a lots of green spaces

By Dr. William Dar
The Manila Times
Apr 7, 2017

Excerpt:

So far, urban agriculture has yet to take root, literally, in many urban areas in the Philippines – just look at the many vacant spaces in Metro Manila and elsewhere where urban agriculture is very feasible. The empty rooftops of many high-rise or even low-rise buildings can also be utilized for urban agriculture.

Urban agriculture is not only limited to growing crops, primarily vegetables: it also includes the growing of trees, and raising of animals and fish. It could also be integrated into the urban economic and ecological system of an urban area.

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April 16, 2017   Comments Off on Speaker promotes urban agriculture at Philippines’ 2017 Science Awards Ceremonies

Podcast with Michael Abelman about Urban Agriculture

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Vancouver, BC. And we eventually expanded to over almost five acres of land on four different sites — including a production orchard, 16,000 square feet of high tunnel unheated greenhouses, and large open parking lots — to the point where we’re now producing 25 tons of food annually and employing close to 30 people.

By Peak Properity
Value Walk
Mar 27, 2017

Excerpt:

Our Sole Food Street Farm started when I received a phone call, eight or nine years ago, asking me to attend a meeting in Vancouver on the downtown eastside. The downtown eastside is a distressed neighborhood where the term “Skid Row” was coined. The invitation was to meet with several social service agencies in the neighborhood to discuss some interesting strategies for helping people in that community — the entire neighborhood is almost entirely inhabited by folks who are dealing with some form of long-term addiction, mental illness, and certainly, high levels of material poverty.

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Toronto summit looked at urban agriculture and the role of community gardens in Toronto

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See the book here.

The conference featured a variety of speakers including Kristin Reynolds, author of Beyond the Kale, and Toronto Councillor Mary Fragedakis, along with members of various community organizations like Black Creek Community Farm, Toronto Urban Growers and AccessPoint Alliance.

By Don Campbell
University of Toronto News
Mar 21, 2017

Excerpt:

U of T researcher Colleen Hammelman was hoping to explore the role of urban agriculture in the GTA and social justice at a one-day conference organized at U of T Scarborough this month. Her past work has looked at urban agriculture in cities like Medellín, Colombia, and Washington, D.C.

“Urban agriculture brings a lot of value to a city, especially in terms of sustainability, but a key element is how social justice also fits into the conversation,” says Hammelman.

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March 27, 2017   Comments Off on Toronto summit looked at urban agriculture and the role of community gardens in Toronto

Fortune: Kimbal Musk on ‘How Millennials Will Forever Change America’s Farmlands’

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Kimbal Musk is the co-founder of The Kitchen, a family of companies that pursue an America where everyone has access to real food. He sits on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

By Kimbal Musk
Fortune
Mar 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Tiny plots on rooftops and small backyards are popping up all across America, particularly in urban areas that have never been associated with food production. These micro-farms aren’t meant to earn a profit or feed vast numbers of people, but they reflect the Millennial generation’s desire to forge a direct connection with the food they consume.

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March 26, 2017   Comments Off on Fortune: Kimbal Musk on ‘How Millennials Will Forever Change America’s Farmlands’

Atlanta Urban Agriculture Director Brings Fresh Produce To Those In Need

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Mario Cambardella, paying a visit to Truly Living Well’s Collegetown Garden, is Atlanta’s first urban agriculture director. His goal is to help make fresh produce available to urban neighborhoods. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

One goal is to transform Atlanta’s urban food deserts by bringing local, healthy food within a half-mile of 75 percent of all residents by 2020.

By Andrew Alexander
The Atlantic Journal Constitution
Mar 16, 2017

Excerpt:

Cambardella was hired by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in 2015 to help guide projects like the Collegetown Garden to success. In the new position, Cambardella is responsible for a wide range of activities related to urban agriculture in the city, including agricultural policy development. He cultivates partnerships with local non-profits like Truly Living Well and also assists individuals and organizations in navigating the often byzantine process of permitting and zoning related to starting their urban agriculture projects.

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March 23, 2017   Comments Off on Atlanta Urban Agriculture Director Brings Fresh Produce To Those In Need