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Sydney Mayor building a $1.65 million ‘city farm’ for inner-west hipsters — complete with stingless bees and a ‘bee hotel’

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Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore wants to bring farming to the inner city. Picture: John Appleyard.

“The benefits reach well beyond the commercial value of the food itself to educational, cultural and social values for participants and the broader community.”

By Miles Godfrey
The Daily Telegraph
May 12, 2015

Excerpt:

The farm, which should have a 100-tree fruit orchard, 1000 square metres of land for crops, chicken hutches, outdoor kitchens, farmers’ markets and animal husbandry classes, is expected to be running by July 2016 and could mirror a similar “urban farm” in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park.

The Sydney project has been on the cards since 2009 and will produce an estimated 4.5 tonnes of fruit and vegetables per year, host composting demonstrations and cooking classes.

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

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Photo by Marcin Szczepanski.

City-based agriculture produces 15 to 20 percent of food globally. In the U.S., its benefits go far beyond nutrition.

Elizabeth Royte
Ensia
Apr 27, 2015

Excerpt:

Though they don’t get as much press as for-profit farms and heavily capitalized rooftop operations, community gardens — which are collectively tended by people using individual or shared plots of public or private land, and have been a feature in U.S. cities for well over a century — are the most common form of urban agriculture in the nation, producing far more food and feeding more people, in aggregate, than their commercial counterparts.

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Homestead Farms, an Oasis in the Midst of Urban Development in City of Fort Worth, Texas

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Michael and Sarah Faris operate a farm store on their property. Photo by Brittany Solace.

Miller says there are 1,278 known farms in Tarrant County, with the median size at 15 acres, Homestead Farms’ current size. “Most is traditional pasture land that will probably be developed in the future,” Miller says. “It’s hard to do it in an urban area.”

By Sandra Engelland
The Keller Magazine
Apr 30, 2015

Excerpt:

With housing developments and strip malls popping up all around them, and a Fort Worth road project poised to take a painful bite out of their land, the Farrises are working hard to preserve their little corner of country living — and share it with their urban community.

Tuesdays through Saturdays, they open up Homestead’s slice of simpler times to visitors. A small, rustic billboard on Keller Hicks Road invites passers-by to turn into the property’s pebbled drive for a visit to the tiny farm store. There, raw goat milk is available for purchase in glass bottles along with pasture-raised eggs, grass-fed beef, free-range chicken products and seasonal produce from their own field and those of other local growers.

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Infographic: Comparison of Rural Land Prices Around the World

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Produced by The Irish Farmers Journal

Link here.

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New documentary from Canada: ‘Une Révolution Agricole Urbaine!’

Une révolution agricole… urbaine! Bande-annonce from Arts et Images productions on Vimeo.

In French: Airs first May 7th, 2015 at 21h on Explora

Un film de Mario Desmarais
Produit par Anne Desmarais
52 minutes
May 2015
(Must See! Mike)
The complete film will be available online in July, 2015 once it has aired on TV.

Excerpts:

Une nouvelle révolution agricole est en” marche.

Nous pouvons dès aujourd’hui produire des aliments en ville, et ce, à grande échelle, en! n’utilisant aucune terre arable, aucun pesticide, moins d’eau, moins d’énergie et pratiquement aucun transport. Une des solutions aux besoins alimentaires mondiaux qui ne cessent d’augmenter.

Tout ce que nous connaissons du point de vue agricole et alimentaire change. Déjà enviro 20% de la nourriture consommée dans le monde est produite en zone urbaine!et périurbaine et près de 50% des légumes frais se retrouvant dans notre assiette sont produits dans un environnement! urbain.

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British Journal Public Health: Urban agriculture: long-term strategy or impossible dream?

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1922. Children at work in a community garden. Click on image for larger file.

Lessons from Prospect Farm in Brooklyn, New York

By T. Angotti
April issue of the British Journal Public Health
February 24, 2015

Excerpts:

Abstract:

Proponents of urban agriculture have identified its potential to improve health and the environment but in New York City and other densely developed and populated urban areas, it faces huge challenges because of the shortage of space, cost of land, and the lack of contemporary local food production. However, large portions of the city and metropolitan region do have open land and a history of agricultural production in the not-too-distant past. Local food movements and concerns about food security have sparked a growing interest in urban farming.

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Supporting Sustainable Urban Agriculture From the Ground Up at California State University

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Biological science major Ivey Stone is working with community partner St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, where she is studying the influence of thyme ground cover on blueberry plant productivity and growth at the Fullerton church’s Seeds of Hope garden.

U-ACRE Brings Students, Community Partners Together to Solve Real-World Problems

CSUF News
Apr 20, 2015

Stone is among Cal State Fullerton students participating in hands-on and diverse research in sustainable urban agriculture, supported by Cal State Fullerton’s Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) program. Sara Johnson, professor of anthropology, started the private and federally funded program in 2011, which has been nationally recognized for its community engagement and preparing students to participate in a global society and the workforce.

“Dr. Johnson designed U-ACRE to be a sustainable model — and its success is due primarily to her hard work and that of the U-ACRE students and community partners who share her vision,” said Joel K. Abraham, assistant professor of biological science, who’s mentoring seven students, including Stone.

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By 2018 Seoul city government to activate 1,800 urban farms

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The Seoul city government is injecting about 46 million U.S. dollars to transform unused spaces at schools, parks and even apartment rooftops to activate urban farming.

By Connie Kim
Arirang News
Apr 18, 2015

Excerpt:

It’s a priceless opportunity.
The only catch is most of these farms are located on the outskirts of the city, making them harder to frequent.

But that will soon change. The Seoul city government is injecting about 46 million U.S. dollars to transform unused spaces at schools, parks and even apartment rooftops to activate urban farming.
By 2018 it plans to establish 18-hundred vegetable gardens within a ten-minute walking distance from all homes in the capital.

A special farm zone will also be set up to train Seoulites to become professionals in urban agriculture.

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Bahamas: $1 million that was allocated to Urban Agriculture, never implemented and funds redirected says Auditor General

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Auditor General Terrance Bastian Nassau, Bahamas.

A co-ordinator for agriculture was also contracted for a three-year period to manage the project.

By Khrisna Virgil
Tribune 242
April 15, 2015

Excerpt:

“The government earmarked $1m for the 2013/2014 budget for Urban Agriculture which was for the implementation of backyard farming and community gardens,” the report said. “A co-ordinator for agriculture was contracted for a three-year period to manage this project. The auditors learnt that this project was not implemented and funding was redirected (high risk).”

The report further noted that nearly $500,000 was spent on a fleet of 19 vehicles for Urban Renewal that “were not periodically serviced neither was a maintenance schedule kept”.

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Review Paper on ‘Garden Kits’ in Africa

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Lessons Learned and the Potential of Improved Water Management

By Douglas J. Merrey and Simon Langan
International Water Management Institute
2014. 60 pages

Excerpt:

The purpose of this paper is to synthesize available knowledge and lessons learned from past experiences in promoting kitchen or home gardens, with a special emphasis on water management. The paper has been prepared based on an extensive desk study. It focuses on gardens whose primary purpose is production of food and, at times, growing herbs and spices for home consumption.

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Think about urban farming to boost jobs, repurpose land in Detroit

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Cartoon by Clifford Kennedy Berryman (April 2, 1869 – December 11, 1949) who was a Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist with the Washington Star newspaper from 1907 to 1949. He was also a cartoonist for The Washington Post from 1891 to 1907.

Some estimates suggest the city has 40 square miles of vacant land — meaning the geographic landscapes of San Francisco, Manhattan and Boston would all fit in nicely.

By Mark S. Lee
Crain’s Detroit Busimess
April 01, 2015

Excerpt:

According to the DFFC study, a 30 percent increase in the local food production ecosystem would make it the second-largest source of jobs in Detroit behind only the government sector — and imagine the opportunities for entrepreneurs and suppliers as well.

Where to start?

With a business case focused primarily on enhancing education, awareness and the positive impact this will have on the local economy and job creation. This plan should address:

Impact urban farming programs will have on economic development and job creation in Detroit.

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In pinched Soviet times ‘dacha gardens’ grew some 90 percent of Russia’s vegetables

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German Shingel fills a tub for watering the garden under the watchful eye of his father, Yevgeniy. To outwit Russia’s short growing season, many dacha owners set flats of seedlings on their urban windowsills in March. Photograph by Jonas Bendiksen.

One out of three Russians owns a dacha. In the Moscow region, where there are some one million dachas. Boris’s dacha, like most in Valday, is a garden plot with a cabin. Such plots, originally six sotkas (.15 acre), date back to Soviet-era land distribution programs that allowed Russians to endure postwar food shortages made worse by the disaster of centrally planned agriculture.

By Cathy Newman
Photograph by Jonas Bendiksen
National Geographic
July 2012
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

The soil is sacred, almost mystical to Russians, a legacy of pagan beliefs and peasant tradition. “The religion of the soil,” philosopher Nikolay Berdyayev called it. A dacha provides the opportunity to dig in that soil and be close to nature. “By the end of the day I am tired and stressed,” a Valday woman tells me. “I go to the garden, touch the ground, and bad things go away.”

In July the soil yields cucumbers and feathery dill, also squash, peas, and green onions. July is for berries: black, red, and white currants; blueberries; blackberries; raspberries; gooseberries; and delicately perfumed wild strawberries, which, even more than the resinous astringency of pine, is the smell of summer. August brings mushrooms (a light rain is known as a “mushroom rain”): the prized beliy, or white mushroom, and boletes that grow near birch trees and can be dried. Also potatoes—always potatoes. A Valday garden is unthinkable without them, although they cost less to buy than grow.

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Arab States of the Gulf encouraged to embrace urban agriculture

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Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News.

“In many Emirati households, it is quite common that the household has its own herd of goat or sheep, their own palm trees and other minor agricultural practices. However, the modern practice of urban farming utilises all spaces, especially those that are on buildings and skyscrapers, which current Emirati agricultural practices don’t.”

By Saeed Al Gergawi
Gulf News
March 9, 2015

Note: The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), is a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf, except for Iraq. Its member states are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Excerpt:

Where cities and towns within the GCC will grow their own crops and set up “farmer’s souqs” starting early in the morning on Friday and end before the Friday prayers, we will see building porters who will double as both farmer and porter, and help farm vegetables, fruits and crops that are requested by the building tenants; and then the GCC as a community will be able to depend on itself for its agricultural goods and the sustenance of the nation.

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Urban Agriculture Study of 660 acres around Los Angeles River area

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The Urban Agriculture Plan seeks to create a healthy, sustainable Los Angeles River neighborhood through the lens of urban agriculture.

Perkins/ Will et al.
Jan 30, 2015

Executive Summary:

It identifies specific strategies, locates potential interventions, and suggests means of project implementation.

The Plan is not a policy document. The process as well as the result
is assisting the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation and others to facilitate responsible community and economic development focused on environmental and food-based activities in the area of study.

The study area consists of 660 acres and coincides directly with the extents of the Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan (CASP). The CASP provides the foundation for this plan, however the study also builds upon many other documents such as the LARRMP and the NELA Riverfront District Vision

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Karachi, Pakistan planner promotes urban agriculture

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The once lush green spaces of areas such as Malir are being defiled as unplanned urban sprawl encroaches upon their domain. Photo: Muhammad Javaid/Express

Karachi’s green spaces are dwindling at an alarming rate. With zoning violations a common practice, parks are being converted into built land. Even trees and plantations acting as green belts on road medians are giving way to advertising panels.

By Farhan Anwar
The Express Tribune
March 1, 201

Excerpts:

Karachi’s green spaces are dwindling at an alarming rate. With zoning violations a common practice, parks are being converted into built land. Even trees and plantations acting as green belts on road medians are giving way to advertising panels.

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