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China: Shanghai’s Suburban Farm on Chongming Island

One of Shen Hong’s farms, located in Xianqiao Town on Chongming Island, presents a bucolic scene of man and nature existing in harmony.

“Urban agriculture, like farming in suburban areas in big cities like Shanghai, is different from the traditional way of farming,” says Huang, an urban planner for more than 20 years. “It is aimed not only at fulfilling the need for food production, but also at providing local residents and urban consumers with a deeper understanding of how our daily lives relate to nature.”

By Yao Minji
Apr 11, 2018


Like many modern farms in suburban Shanghai, Huang hosts workshops that are especially popular among families with children. Visitors can see how crops are grown organically and come to understand how somewhat higher costs of food are worth the knowledge that what we eat is safe and nutritious.

“The idea of sustainable farming depends heavily on consumers becoming more eco-minded,” Shen says. “We have forgotten the nature of agriculture. It is to supply nutrition and make you healthy. But consumers are typically driven by taste and price. For many years, most consumers have placed a higher priority on taste and low price than on quality and nutrition.”

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India: Leafy towns can firefight urban heat – Urban farming boosts nutritional security

Pandals are special framed structures used for vegetables with twine like stems. The weak climbers utilize this support, which protects the produce from soiling and increases exposure to sunlight and aeration.

Urban as well as periurban agriculture can help achieve nutritional security, even as one agrees that food security needs to come from villages.

Dr M S Swaminathan
Deccan Chronicle
Apr 8, 2018
The author is Father of Indian Green Revolution. He is recipient of the first World Food Prize, in 1987.


It is time we graduated from food security to nutritional security. Fruits and vegetables can be grown by individuals to supplement nutritional needs. There is something known as hidden hunger. You might be getting enough food, but the nutrients that your body needs might be absent from your food. Your food might not have sufficient iron, protein or zinc content. This is where rooftop and homestead kitchen gardens can be useful.

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Malaysia: Edible Park, is not about ornamental plants and flowers

The five-acre Edible Park is an edible landscape designed to build community around the important subject of food and how to incorporate it in sustainable living. Picture courtesy of Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MIM)

The Edible Park is a lush garden with local fruit trees, vegetable and herbal plants, while its Heritage Forest showcases the region’s flora.

By Ben Tan
Malay Mail
March 31, 2018


JOHOR BARU, March 31. Tucked away in the heart of Medini City in Iskandar Puteri, Johor lies a two-hectare garden that attracts a growing fan base.

Despite its urban location, the garden called Edible Park, is not about ornamental plants and flowers.

Instead, gardeners plant vegetables, fruit and herbs to promote better eating choices.

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India: Delhi and urban farming: The city needs its farmlands and its farmers need help

A farmer carries sugarcane to load on a tractor to sell it at a nearby sugar mill in Modinagar in Ghaziabad, some 45km east of New Delhi. (AFP file photo )

According to the Economic Survey of Delhi released last week, the city was losing its cropped area at 2.28% annually.

By Shivani Singh
New Delhi, Hindustan Times
Mar 26, 2018


For a city that was for long scorned as an overgrown village, it is surprising how fast Delhi is losing its rural character.

Between 2001 and 2011, Delhi’s rural population has more than halved from 9.45 lakh to 4.20 lakh.

Rapid urbanisation — at 97.5%, the national capital is already the most urbanised city in India — has drastically shrunk the rural living space too. Between 1961 and 2011, the number of Delhi’s rural villages fell from 276 to 112.

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RecoveryPark could create 170 jobs for Detroiters — it could also close

RecoveryPark currently operates nine high tunnel greenhouses on its campus east of the downtown area. Plans call for construction of glass greenhouses behind the high tunnels.

Social enterprise would create 170 jobs for people with barriers to employment

By Sherri Welch
Mar 25, 2018


RecoveryPark is on the verge of launching a plan that would bring commercial hydroponics farming to Detroit, creating another 170 jobs for people like Borders with barriers to employment over the next three to five years.

It’s also on the verge of closure, after developing the model for the past nine years.

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Canada: A Growing Concern – How to Keep Farmland in the Hands of Canadian Farmers

Some witnesses said there is still a risk that farmland owned by non-agricultural investors will not be used for agriculture and will eventually be sold for other purposes. To this end, strengthening the legislative framework for farmland protection would make a major difference.

Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry
The Honourable Diane F. Grifin, Chair
The Honourable Ghislain Maltais, Deputy Chair
March 2018
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In the course of other work, the Committee heard concerns regarding the rising costs of farmland in Canada, including how families could pass their farms from generation to generation and the ability of new entrants to afford to buy land.

The family farm has been the backbone of rural Canada for generations. The Committee felt it would be remiss if it did not undertake a study on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector to address these concerns.

The first part of the report focuses on the use of farmland and changes in farmland values. The second part of the report explains changes in farmland values and their impact on farmland availability. The final part of the report outlines ways to ensure access to farmland for future generations of Canadians.

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Why Pittsburgh is encouraging urban agriculture with its new Farm-a-Lot program

Sankofa Village Community Garden in North Point Breeze and Homewood South could benefit from the URA’s urban agriculture pilot program. Photo courtesy Ayanna Jones.

Pittsburgh has 30,000 “distressed” vacant lots among its 145,000 parcels. Roughly 6,000 of those are categorized by the URA as “push to green,” which means greenways, parklets, gardens or urban agriculture might be the best future use, says Nathan Clark, director of the URA’s real estate division.

By Sandra Tolliver
Next Pittsburgh
March 4, 2018


Americans want urban farms: A 2013 national study on urban agriculture found increasing popularity for urban farms among both residents and policy makers. Urban farmers are generally younger than the overall U.S. farming population, with an average age of 44.

But the Pittsburgh survey, although not finalized, found that access to land is a significant barrier for new farmers, particularly in urban or suburban areas, says Jon Burgess from the Allegheny County Conservation District, who co-chaired the Food Policy Council’s urban agriculture working group.

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Missouri: Urban Agriculture — Best Practices and Possibilities

Report developed for the Urban Sustainability Directors in the cities of Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, through the financial assistance of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network

By Mary K. Hendrickson and Mark Porth
Division of Applied Social Sciences
Univ of Missouri Extension
June 2012

At the request of the cities of Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis, we seek to provide research-based guidance that can help these cities to realize the potential of regional food systems as an entrepreneurial strategy for urban economic development, paying special attention to urban agriculture. In particular, these cities were interested in seeing how regional food systems can be developed to bring together the interests of municipalities, advocates and practitioners.

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Vancouver, Canada: Urban Agriculture Garden Guide

Manual For Starting And Designing Urban Agriculture Projects

The Urban Agriculture Project Design Manual was produced by Anežka Gocová for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the City of Vancouver as an initiative of the Greenest City Scholar program.
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This guide is intended to aid the collaboration between residents and City staff in starting, designing and carrying out an Urban Agriculture project in the City of Vancouver.

Choosing A Site:
Where is your project located? Is the proposed project for the entire site or a portion of it? Include a street address or a nearby address for reference as well as an air photo with the site marked. (You can use GoogleMaps and VanMaps to do this). Feel free to include photos of the site itself. This can sometimes be a very frustrating process especially if your proposal gets rejected based on site selection. Make sure to consult with City and Park Board staff and current caretakers of the site, they will likely have great insight into which sites are most suitable.

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New urban farming program hopes to tap youth in Buffalo

East Side Success: The program intends to use vacant lots to increase urban farming by training Buffalo youth on how to grow and sell fresh produce in food desert sections of the city.

By Erica Brecher
February 23, 2018


The program intends to meet those goals by training Buffalo youth on how to grow and sell fresh produce here in the city.

“Young people need jobs, we need healthy food in Buffalo, we need to put good and restorative uses on our vacant lots, and this achieves all three of those,” said Antonina Simeti, executive director of Groundwork Buffalo.

Groundwork Buffalo is one of the three pillars partnering to create Fresh Food Fellows. Field and Fork Network and Grassroots Gardens are the other two, and together they are all launching an educational and entrepreneurial program.

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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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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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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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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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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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