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Resilience with Mixed Agricultural and Urban Land Uses in Tokyo, Japan

In the present case study, UA practices were found to have a profound impact on the self-sufficiency of communities in each grid cell.

By Giles Bruno Sioen, OrcID, Toru Terada, Makiko Sekiyama, and Makoto Yokohari
Vol 10, Issue 2


Urban agriculture can enhance the resilience of neighborhoods by providing fresh food in times of natural disasters; however, there is little empirical evidence to support this. Therefore, this study proposes a methodology to identify patterns of agricultural production in urban areas by quantifying self-sufficiency rates in vegetable weight and key nutrients. A spatial grid cell analysis using a geographic information system (GIS) identifies the current and potential self-sufficiency of each land use pattern in Tokyo.

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February 14, 2018   No Comments

Canada: Edmonton pilot project will rent garden plots on city lands

One of the vacant lots offered by the city of Edmonton for garden use in the new pilot project. (Travis McEwan/CBC)

‘We could potentially change the landscape of the city and integrate edibles and flowers more widely’

By Travis McEwan
CBC News
Feb 03, 2018


A City of Edmonton pilot program will rent out vacant city lands to gardeners for the 2018 growing season.

For a $100 rental fee, gardeners who are approved can grow food or or flowers on municipal land starting April 1. The licence expires after seven months.

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February 10, 2018   No Comments

Urban And Peri-Urban Agriculture Best Practice Catalogue

6 MADRE metropolises: Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, Aix-Marseille Provence Métropole, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Tirana Metropolitan Area, and Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area

Press Release
Feb 2, 2018


Marseille, 2 February 2018 – After almost a year of implementation, MADRE releases its Best Practice Catalogue on urban and peri-urban agriculture. Developed by ANIMA Investment Network, it highlights the best practices identified in the 6 metropolises associated with the project, in terms of farmers’ innovation, social innovation, consumer innovation, academic research, territorial innovation and transnational innovation.

6.3 billion people will live in urban areas by 2050. Although recognised as a major lever for the sustainability and competitiveness of metropolises, urban and peri-urban agriculture still suffers from a lack of consideration in public policies, preventing it from reaching a wider audience.

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February 10, 2018   No Comments

Canada: Plans for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway include community gardening

“As we know, our community gardens are an important aspect in this greenway and will continue to be in the future how we integrate food production in our design, integrate that into the landscape,” Buttle said.

Naoibh O’Connor
Vancouver Courier
February 2, 2018


During the design jam, more than 100 people, aged 18 and over, selected from 22 neighbourhoods across Vancouver, worked with city staff and technical experts to dream up design possibilities for the nine-kilometre route.

Participants also stressed the importance of nature, biodiversity, setting aside space for urban agriculture and the restoration of habitat along the greenway. Examples include scented plantings, butterfly bush, bird-nesting boxes and a variety of trees for different species of birds.

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February 9, 2018   No Comments

The Intersection of Planning, Urban Agriculture, and Food Justice: A Review of the Literature

We demonstrate how the city of Seattle (WA) used an equity lens in all of its programs to shift its urban agriculture planning to more explicitly foster food justice, providing clear examples for other cities.

By Megan Horst, Nathan McClintock, Lesli Hoey
Journal of American Planning Association
Vol 83, 2017 – Issue 3


Problem, research strategy, and findings: We draw on a multidisciplinary body of research to consider how planning for urban agriculture can foster food justice by benefitting socioeconomically disadvantaged residents. The potential social benefits of urban agriculture include increased access to food, positive health impacts, skill building, community development, and connections to broader social change efforts. The literature suggests, however, caution in automatically conflating urban agriculture’s social benefits with the goals of food justice.

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February 8, 2018   No Comments

Growing a Sustainable City?: The Question of Urban Agriculture

Their comprehensive research includes interviews with urban farmers, gardeners, and city officials, and reveals that the transition to “sustainability” is marked by a series of tensions along race, class, and generational lines.

By Christina D. Rosan and Hamil Pearsall
University of Toronto Press
208 pages. © 2017

Urban agriculture offers promising solutions to many different urban problems, such as blighted vacant lots, food insecurity, storm water runoff, and unemployment. These objectives connect to many cities’ broader goal of “sustainability,” but tensions among stakeholders have started to emerge in cities as urban agriculture is incorporated into the policymaking framework.

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United Arab Emirate: Aquaculture and urban farming key to UAE food security

Mariam Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi is an expert in environmental engineering.

“Aquaculture and urban farming have a lot of potential in the UAE,” said Mariam Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Food Security

Binsal Abdul Kader, Senior Reporter
Gulf News
Feb 1, 2018


The minister said she was looking forward to the innovations in aquaculture and urban farming to be exhibited at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) that opens on Monday at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec).

She said urban farming also has a lot of potential in the UAE as food can be grown in closed environments. “People need to know what urban farming is,” she said.

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Detailed examination of the urban farming market is the niche segment gaining popularity

Market research report “Urban Farming Market : By Farm Types (Commercial, Social, Leisure, Educational, Therapeutic, Agri-Environmental, Cultural Heritage); By Crop Types (Food and Non-food Crops) and By Geography- Forecast (2016-2021)”

See WhaTech
Jan 19, 2018


Urban farming market is practiced for growing, processing, and distributing food and other produce through plant cultivation in and around cities for self-consumption or for feeding the local population.

Over the last few years, the focus on urban farming has increased considerably due to the large numbers of people moving to the cities, the effects of climate change and the need to sustain food security. The urban agriculture market is diverse, with multiple farming techniques and various technologies enabling urban farming.

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Urban Farming Is the Future of Agriculture

Photo by Urban Organics.

Urban farms have the potential to change the world’s agricultural landscape. Granted, we’re probably not going to see a planet of supercities in which all farming is done in high-rise buildings.

By Patrick Caughill
January 16, 2018


Vertical farming can limit that sprawl. “Vertical farms can actually come into these areas to recolonize the city and to take spaces that have been removed from producing anything,” Paul P.G. Gauthier, a vertical farming expert at the Princeton Environmental Institute, told Futurism.

But setting up an urban farm is often not an easy task. Finding enough space for an affordable price can present a significant obstacle for potential farmers. Vertical farmers also need to know how to operate more technology, including systems that control elements such as soil contaminants and water availability, that nature takes care of on a traditional farm.

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California: ‘Agrihood’ proposal may be used to help win passage for latest city housing plan

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It’s one variation of an “agrihood” — a growing, national movement that combines new homes with farm crops and livestock production. More than 100 agrihoods exist nationally, with the nearest in Rancho Mission Viejo.

By Barbara Henry
San Diego Union-Tribune
Jan 14, 2018

The rough, tentative proposal calls for rezoning about half of a 21-acre, flower-growing parcel at Quail Gardens Drive and Leucadia Boulevard, so that it could contain about 250 high-density homes. Plans call for the remaining land to be transformed into a community-focused farming operation that would serve the needs of the new residents.

Business magazine articles have recently described agrihoods as the next likely big housing development trend, saying they could well replace the once-popular golf course as a key project amenity.

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Turning a Football Field into a Farm

Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, at the organic farm on the school’s campus in Dallas, The farm used to be the school’s football field.

We’ve grown over 50,000 pounds of food since then. We give away ten percent of everything we grow. We call that tithing to the community.

By Jeffrey R. Young
Jan 9, 2018


I’m sitting there, and I got some advice from another college president who said, “When you’re with people of means, you should just ask them for something. Get them in the habit of thinking that your institution is something that they should support.” So I mentioned to Trammell, I said, “Hey, you know, people in our neighborhood, they don’t have a grocery store. I think people should have a grocery store.” Without missing a beat, he sidesteps the grocery store conversation and says, “You know, what I’m really passionate about are community gardens.”

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Canada: Vancouver Program matches landless farmers with unused open spaces

Ava and Jeffrey Reeve are young landless farmers raising sheep, ducks and chickens on Fred Glasbergen’s agricultural land in Langley. Gerry Kahrmann / Png

The land-matching program screens owners of under-utilized land and farmers ready to start a business, supporting both parties in the development of legal contracts.

By Glenda Luymes
Vancouver Sun
January 7, 2018


With a $25,000 investment from the provincial and federal governments, the pilot project led by the B.C. Young Agrarians and the Farm Folk City Folk Society aims to create seven to nine new farm operations in Metro Vancouver in 2018.

A similar project in Surrey last year helped connect several farmers and landowners, including David Feldhaus. Hoping to see his land used for agriculture, the landowner was introduced to a chef-turned-vegetable farmer through the Young Agrarians.

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A Global Geospatial Ecosystem Services Estimate of Urban Agriculture

Potential yield (tonnes) from UA, by country, based on the MCD12Q1 urban mask.

“For the first time, we have a data-driven approach that quantifies the ecosystem benefits from urban agriculture. Our estimates of ecosystem benefits show the potential for millions of tons of food production, thousands of tons of nitrogen sequestration, billions of kilowatt hours of energy savings, and billions of cubic meters of avoided storm runoff.”

By Nicholas Clinton, Michelle Stuhlmacher, Albie Miles,
Nazli Uludere Aragon, Melissa Wagner, Matei Georgescu,
Chris Herwig, Peng Gong
Earth’s Future
10 January 2018
(Must see. Mike)


Though urban agriculture (UA), defined here as growing of crops in cities, is increasing in popularity and importance globally, little is known about the aggregate benefits of such natural capital in built-up areas. Here, we introduce a quantitative framework to assess global aggregate ecosystem services from existing vegetation in cities and an intensive UA adoption scenario based on data-driven estimates of urban morphology and vacant land. We analyzed global population, urban, meteorological, terrain, and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) datasets in Google Earth Engine to derive global scale estimates, aggregated by country, of services provided by UA.

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Canada: Vancouver sees increase in farms despite downturn in region

Karen Ageson is the CSA farmer for Farmers on 57th and a board member of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society. She is pictured in Vancouver, BC Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Jason Payne / Png

Ageson is the market garden manager and community-supported agriculture (CSA) farmer at Farmers on 57th, a one-acre urban farm near Cambie Street and 57th Avenue in downtown Vancouver where she has worked since 2009.

By Jennifer Saltman
Vancouver Sun
Jan 7, 2018


Her farm is one of those helping the city — an urban area with a relatively small amount of designated, protected agricultural land — buck the trend of declining farms and dwindling farmland that has taken hold across the region and the country.

The 2016 Census of Agriculture found that the total farm area in Metro Vancouver in 2016 was 38,380 hectares, the lowest number in 20 years. There has also been a steady decline in the number of farms at the regional and municipal levels. Region-wide, there were 2,412 farms, a 14-per-cent drop from five years ago.

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Hong Kong: Controversy about community garden proposal and ‘Instagram Pier’

Proposal 1: NGOs/Social enterprises operate both promenade (purple) and community garden (green). Photo: GovHK.

The Protect Kennedy Town group questioned why there has to be a community garden in the first place, and an outsourcing of management.

By Kris Cheng
Hong Kong Freen Press
3 January 2018


The government has amended plans to close much of “Instagram Pier” in Sai Wan for community garden purposes, reducing the area concerned to under 30 per cent of the pier’s total area. However, local groups have continued to question the need for a community garden.

The location, governed by the Marine Department’s Cargo Handling Section, is popular among residents, pet owners and joggers in the area. It does not currently feature any safety barriers around its perimeter.

The community garden plan was modified after public outrage and protests at the Central and Western District Council last month.

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