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Korea: University Rooftop Provides Food and Rainwater Storage

Engineers of Seoul National University made a special green-roof in their campus. The green-roof can storage rainwater, absorb heat energy and grow vegetable.

Professor Mooyoung Han’s Paper Presented at Sesttle’s Cities Alive Conference, 2017

By Professor Mooyoung Han
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Eng.
#35-302 Seoul National University
#1 Daehakro Kwanakgu, Seoul, Korea
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

There are additional social benefits which cannot be quantified. This vegetable garden became a place for communication between school and local residents. Every month, participants of urban farming on #35-dong green roof gather, share their harvested crops. Three big events at the green roofs became regular: Potato harvesting and sharing at the end of June, Full moon festival with traditional Korean rice cake making at Aug 15, in lunar calendar, and Kimchi making and sharing with foreign students at the end of November. Students, professors, local neighbors, and foreign students participate and enjoy the culture and sharing.

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November 21, 2017   Comments Off on Korea: University Rooftop Provides Food and Rainwater Storage

Germany: Roof Water-Farm in Berlin

The German research project Roof Water-Farm (2013-2017) explores ways of combining building-integrated wastewater treatment with urban food production

From their website:

Roof Water-Farm demonstrates paths towards innovative city water management and urban food production. Potentials and risks of redesigning across sectors of infrastructure are explored and communicated.

The research association investigates opportunities for building-integrated water treatment systems to irrigate and fertilize roof-top greenhouses. Technologies for water treatment and aquaponics (plant and fish cultivation) will be examined at a demonstration and test site in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The research focuses on a hygienically safe usage of rainwater, greywater and blackwater as both a strategy for city water management and a potential for urban food production.

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November 14, 2017   Comments Off on Germany: Roof Water-Farm in Berlin

Stormwater urban farm to break ground in Downtown Peoria, Illinois

“This is very unique. There are urban farms around the country, but this is the first intentionally designed to capture stormwater,” she said.

By Steve Tarter
Journal Star
Oct 25, 2017

Excerpt:

“We were looking for synergistic ways to use publicly-owned empty lots,” he said.

The urban farm (at 1013 SW Reed Ave.) will feature 100 raised beds and include a flower garden and a stand of poplar trees supported by stormwater that’s retained on the site.

“That’s how we sold the idea to USDA. The flowers and trees raised will be marketable and part of the small-business training provided,” said Corso.

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November 2, 2017   Comments Off on Stormwater urban farm to break ground in Downtown Peoria, Illinois

Nexloop: Visibly Network Rainwater Into Closed-Loop Urban Food Production

Nexloop Video Pitch from Jacob Russo on Vimeo.

The process of using rainwater to grow food inside requires the integration of multiple functions and a symbiotic relationship between system components.

By Jacob Russo, Stephanie Newcomb, Alexa Nicolas, Anamarija Frankic, Dale Clifford
From Biomimicry Global Design Challenge
Food Systems 2016

Excerpt:

Nexloop is a hyper-local, biomimetic strategy to visibly network rainwater into closed-loop urban food production. Our mission is to increase hyper-local urban food production, decouple localized irrigation from the city grid, and increase visibility of food system processes. Nexloop retrofits multistory residential building facades to promote small-scale, personalized food production. The design functions at the scale of the window to harness rainwater and provide in situ irrigation for sustainable hydroponic food production in individual urban homes.

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October 29, 2017   Comments Off on Nexloop: Visibly Network Rainwater Into Closed-Loop Urban Food Production

Canada: Gardens designed with water in mind offer resilient solutions during drought, flood conditions

Peterborough residents David Marshall and Barbara Moffat are shown next to a rain garden they installed in their backyard after being inspired by a GreenUp Ready For Rain Workshop.

Over the last two years our community has experienced conditions of both drought, and flooding.

By Heather Ray
Peterborough Examiner
September 12, 2017

Excerpt:

A rain garden is ready for rain due to its shallow bowl shaped design, which allows rainwater to temporarily be captured before it is slowly absorbed and filtered into the ground, leaving the garden commonly dry between rain events. A depression in the garden is a key identifying feature of any rain garden.

The GreenUP Ready for Rain Peterborough program is helping residents create eight new rain gardens in the city to help mitigate ongoing isolated flooding events and inspire others to soak up rain on their properties. These rain gardens will be installed during the last week of September, with a number of opportunities for community involvement.

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September 14, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Gardens designed with water in mind offer resilient solutions during drought, flood conditions

The Longest Continually Operating World War II-Era Victory Gardens in The USA

Annie Volker pulls weeds at Wallace Gardens.

Columbus, Ohio: For more than seven decades, Grandview Heights’ Wallace Gardens have provided an urban oasis

By Alan Froman
Thisweeknews.Com
July 18, 2017

Excerpt:

The land for the gardens was donated by George Urlin, one of the early developers of Grandview.

In the 1930s, Urlin, whose home sat on the hill where Summit Chase now rises, donated the property across the street from his estate — running from Grandview Avenue west to Urlin and bordered by Goodale Boulevard on the north and the railroad tracks on the south — for use as recreational and green space.

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July 26, 2017   Comments Off on The Longest Continually Operating World War II-Era Victory Gardens in The USA

FAO Webinar: Urban and peri-urban agriculture: a key to livelihoods and resilience or a concern for sustainability?

A Webinar – Jan 20, 2017 – Water Footprint of Urban Agriculture: a first assessment in Rome

The FAO Technical Network on Sustainable Crop Production and Agroecology
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Agenda

10:00 – 10:05 am: Opening Mr. Guido Santini, Programme Coordinator for FAO Food for the Cities Programme.
10:05 – 10:45 am: Mrs. Anna Dalla Marta, DiSPAA – Department of Agrifood Production and Environmental Sciences – University of Florence. [See bio attached].
Mr. Orlando Cimino, Center for Policy and Bioeconomy – Council for Agricultural Research and Economics – CREA. [See bio attached].
10:45 – 11.30 am: Question and answer session

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January 17, 2017   Comments Off on FAO Webinar: Urban and peri-urban agriculture: a key to livelihoods and resilience or a concern for sustainability?

Growing Vegetables in Drought, Desert & Dry Times

The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening without Wasting Water

By Maureen Gilmer
Sasquatch Books
Release date: December 29, 2015

Here is the definitive guide to growing healthy organic vegetables without wasting our precious water resources! This incredibly timely book will give dedicated home gardeners the know-how to grow delicious produce in dry times, focusing on four different low-water conditions in the western United States: voluntary water conservation, drought, and both high and low desert.

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January 16, 2017   Comments Off on Growing Vegetables in Drought, Desert & Dry Times

Detroit’s urban farms embraces green infrastructure for sustainable water us

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Earthworks Urban Farm. Photo by Nick Hagen.

Much ado is often made of the vast amounts of open space potentially available for farming in a city like Detroit. Yet, this land is often lacking in water infrastructure.

By Brian Allnutt
Model D
Nov 17, 2016

Excerpt:

The Earthworks system consists of three tanks—two below ground and one elevated above—that receive rainwater from the gutters on the side of the hoop-house. The lower tanks take the water directly and a solar-powered pump slowly moves it into the elevated tank to give it the necessary pressure to force it through the drip lines running back into the hoop-house.

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November 23, 2016   Comments Off on Detroit’s urban farms embraces green infrastructure for sustainable water us

Water Wise workshop at City Farmer

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Vancouver, BC. August 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

We will show you how to save water in the garden through a hands-on composting workshop, guided tour of the farm and a water wise presentation from the City of Vancouver. The workshop will cover how to prepare and care for a water wise garden, water wise plant choices, and smart ways to conserve water in the garden.

If you are interested in learning about our water and ways to conserve in the garden, this City Farmer workshop has got you covered. Join City Farmers and the City of Vancouver for a water wise workshop on Saturday, August 20! This workshop will show you how to save water in the garden through a hands-on composting workshop, guided tour of the farm, and a water wise presentation from the City of Vancouver. The workshop will run from 10:00am to 11:30am at City Farmer and will cover water wise topics such as:

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August 9, 2016   Comments Off on Water Wise workshop at City Farmer

City Farmer featured in ‘Sustainable Gardens’ episode – Metro Vancouver TV

Lynsey Dobbie, Garden Educator, City Farmer/Compost Demonstration Garden

The Sustainable Region TV Series
Episode 7
Metro Vancouver
July 6, 2016

The landscaping at the Annacis Research Centre and the City Farmer Demonstration Garden exemplifies sustainable approaches outlined in Metro Vancouver’s new, online Grow Green Guide. And we look at an herbal alternative to a grass lawn.

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July 31, 2016   Comments Off on City Farmer featured in ‘Sustainable Gardens’ episode – Metro Vancouver TV

Drip Irrigation, Mulching and Ramial Chipped Wood

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Mulching with plastic material.

Book titled “Waterless Farming’ looks at these techniques

Waterless Farming
By Francis Freeman
Youcanprint Self-Publishing
(May 23, 2016)

Excerpt:

But what is Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW)? In a nutshell, RCW can be defined a biological agricultural technique directed to enrich and manure the soil, as well as succeed in growing plants without water. To achieve these goals the strategy used is to spread and then mix chopped fresh twigs (from now on also called wood chips or chipped wood) in the soil; this gives rise to a whole series of events, which generate a trophic chain, which in the last analysis consents to obtain such extraordinary results.

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July 5, 2016   Comments Off on Drip Irrigation, Mulching and Ramial Chipped Wood

City of Vancouver holds a rain barrel sale

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Quench the thirst of your plants with free water from a rain barrel

City of Vancouver
Engineering/Water Design/Conservation
March 2016

Benefits of rain barrels

The water they collect gives you a source of chlorine-free, slightly-acidic, ambient-temperature water that’s great for your garden.

They reduce your demand for treated drinking water that’s often in short supply in the summer.

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March 30, 2016   Comments Off on City of Vancouver holds a rain barrel sale

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Irrigation Schemes Helping Urban Farmers Escape Hunger

zimbuUrban farmers in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

A number of residents in the city, especially in western suburbs, have formed cooperatives to practise irrigation/gardening using borehole water.

By Dumisani Nyoni
Radio VOP
March 8, 2016

Excerpt:

A recent survey by RadioVOP revealed that irrigation was now a growing trend among some communities like Tshabalala, Sizinda, Magwegwe North, Emakhandeni, Old Pumula and Nkulumane, to stave off hunger.

In the city’s eastern suburbs, the trend was common in Richmond, Mahatshula and Fig Tree.

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March 14, 2016   Comments Off on Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Irrigation Schemes Helping Urban Farmers Escape Hunger

City of Windhoek, Namibia, pushes for backyard gardens amid water crisis

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Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua.

“There are countries with climates even drier than Namibia’s, yet they are able to produce fruits and vegetables on commercial scale, which they managed to develop through research, which enabled them to successfully grow vegetables for their communities.”

New Era
Dec 17, 2015

Excerpt:

Against the background of the pronounced water crisis, the City of Windhoek (CoW) is still pushing for backyard and community gardens around Windhoek as part of its urban agriculture strategy to alleviate poverty and mitigate hunger.

The City Council’s position has left many with more questions than answers as recently the municipality has been cautioning residents to use water sparingly, yet are advocating for more backyard gardens and transforming riverbeds into community gardens.

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December 23, 2015   Comments Off on City of Windhoek, Namibia, pushes for backyard gardens amid water crisis