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French supermarket introduces lumpy and misshapen fruit and vegetables – sold at a 30% discount – to combat food waste


Intermarché launched Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables earlier this year to prove that unattractive produce is just as edible

By Martha Cliff
16 July 2014 |


The campaign by Intermarché is supported by advertising agency Marcel who, with the help of photographer Patrice de Villiers, produced seven posters starring the unattractive produce to go alongside it.

The posters included images of the grotesque apple, the ridiculous potato, the hideous orange, the failed lemon, the disfigured eggplant, the ugly carrot, and the unfortunate clementine.

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July 17, 2014   No Comments

‘Food Fighters’ – Documentary

the FOOD FIGHTERS from Paula Kaston on Vimeo.

‘Food Fighters’ is a new Kastonmedia work, that follows the entrepreneurial Co-founders of Fresh City Farm, Ran and Phil.

Farming on a small scale is very challenging in the current economic and regulatory environment. The odds are against a small-scale farmer trying to farm sustainably. Moreover, farming in the city poses several challenges above and beyond those associated with farming in more rural areas. Our model is meant to mitigate these challenges and risks, but the degree to which we have been successful — establishing city farming as a viable economic activity for more than a handful of people — will take several more years to prove itself. Join us on this journey. We believe its a worthy undertaking.

Link here.

July 17, 2014   No Comments

Why Landscape Architects Stopped Specifying Edible Plants (And Why They Have Started Again)

AndrewFarmerClick on image for larger file. By Andrew Farmer.

A ‘crop’ makes an urban landscape more complicated to manage and maintain.

By Brian Barth
Land 8
July 4, 2014


In the 150 years that landscape architecture has been formally recognized as a profession, there has existed a gulf of separation between our discipline and agriculture. Even though plants, soil, and people are fundamental to each field, the former focuses on aesthetics and the structural functions of human settlements (drainage, access and circulation, integration with the built environment, etc.), while the latter is centered on the process of cultivating edible species for consumption. Recently, however, there are signs of integration between the two disciplines and landscape architects are now being challenged to adopt new methods to mitigate the discord between them.

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July 16, 2014   No Comments

Six ‘urban agriculture’ terms explained

4kidsFrom left, Marissa Jacobsen, Brenna Leyden, Ryland Aksamit, and Hailey Brundage repair a drip hose before planting tomatoes in a raised bed at the Mickle Middle School community garden in Lincoln, Neb. Photo by Kristin Streff.

Foodscaping, CSA, Co-op, Farmer’s Market, Soil Contamination, Food Desert

By Ellen Meyers
Christian Science Monitor
July 6, 2014


Foodscaping is a gardening practice that makes people’s home landscapes edible. For example, homeowners may incorporate more edible plants into their entire yards instead of relegating them to small garden plots. Many businesses are also taking up foodscaping, making fruits, vegetables, and herbs as part of their curb appeal.

The practice itself has turned into a business. One company, Nashville Foodscapes, designs, implements, and maintains foodscapes for its customers, according to the business’s website. For one customer’s yard, Nashville Foodscapes put in a fruit tree, a herb spiral, edible dogwood, and other edible plants.

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How Kampalans are turning urban agriculture into a source of income and good nutrition – Uganda

The View of 50x 30 ft Camp Green from the entrance.

Dr. Micheal Kirya, the manager for Agriculture and Agri-business at KCCA, says operations like Kanyike’s make good sense in urban settings.

By Flavia Nassaka
The Independent
13 July 2014


She started out by planting a few vegetables in flower vases on her veranda until she realized that anything can be turned into a garden. She started planting vegetables in polythene bags, sacks, used car tyres, jerrycans and anything that came her way. She even ventured into chicken rearing on her 50 by 30 ft plot of land. With time, the produce increased and she could no longer consume all of it.

“I started selling some vegetables like spinach, peppermint and stinking rose to my neighbors. Little did I know that my entrepreneurial gardening endeavor would also help support my children’s education and health,” she said with a contented smile.

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July 15, 2014   No Comments

A new vision for urban farming

wargard1919 War Gardens medallion.

A model where agriculture is reintegrated into urban and suburban areas — and locally produced food is sold and consumed locally.

By Jason Reed and Robert Puro
Daily News
July 7, 2014
Jason Reed, a movie producer formerly with Disney, and Robert Puro are co-founders of, a Los Angeles-based social venture dedicated to promoting innovation and investment in sustainable and urban agriculture.


One key to improving the urban farm system is aggregation. It’s easier, and certainly more cost-effective because of its scale, to collect on a daily basis hundreds of boxes of lettuce, truckloads of tomatoes, etc., sort them and then designate their ultimate destination — which is usually another, smaller sorting operation within a city. In the large-scale commercial farming operation, it’s one crop with one fleet of semi trucks from one aggregated source. The aggregation system for urban farming is obviously different — which means it’s riskier for the entrepreneur who wants to create that network.

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July 15, 2014   No Comments

Milross Community Garden celebrates honey bees in Vancouver

Amacon’s Lilliana de Cotiis presents $10,000 cheque to Sarah Common from Hives for Humanity. Photo by Michael Levenston.

“Just having the community garden here is great, but having the hives here and the awareness that it raises about pollinators and the challenges facing honeybees is something else again,” said Melissa Howey.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
July 14, 2014


“We think these workshops are a great way to engage with the gardeners and with the public about honeybees and native pollinators as well,” said Shannon Common, community liaison with Hives for Humanity. “The gardens, the hives and the living walls we have been making here are a great demonstration of innovative use of urban space.”

Hives for Humanity maintains 40 of the garden boxes to act as a pollinator meadow, and a herb garden that is open to about 90 registered gardeners.

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Informal Urban Agriculture – The Secret Lives of Guerrilla Gardeners


Forthcoming October 26, 2014

By Michael Hardman is Lecturer in Geography at the University of Salford, and Peter J. Larkham is Professor of Planning at Birmingham City University.
Series: Urban Agriculture, Springer
2014, Approx. 350 p. 35 illus., 34 illus. in color.

First major critical evaluation of guerrilla gardening in the UK

Responds to increasing concerns for local food production and food security

Urban agriculture, such as guerrilla gardening, could improved many spaces
- large and small – in every town or city

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July 14, 2014   No Comments

Columbia, South Carolina’s City Roots schools interns in urban farming

Clemson undergraduate student, Misty Shealy, helps out in the greenhouse harvesting, watering, planting and cleaning microgreens. Shealy is participating in a 10 week program for the summer. City Roots interns are getting a summer-long lesson in organic farming as they work in the fields, greenhouse and office at Columbia’s 5-year-old urban farm. Photo by Kim Foster.

Founded five years ago on the outskirts of downtown, the City Roots farm grows more than 100 crop varieties year-round using certified organic farming methods.

By Sarah Ellis
The State
July 4, 2014


In the greenhouses, there are seeds to be planted, plant beds to be watered, microgreens – young, leafy plants including broccoli, kale, mustard, radishes, sunflowers and snowpeas – to be harvested, soil and roots to be composted and then some. There’s always work to be done for the intern at Columbia’s 5-year-old urban, organic farm.

Her roots first began to grow in her family’s gardens in rural Irmo, where Shealy’s parents and grandparents cultivated her love for plants and working outdoors.

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Project highlights Vancouver’s farming potential

More and more people in Vancouver are letting professionals take over their yard to grow vegetables. Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , Vancouver Sun.

By combining laser mapping, 3-D imaging and water use data, a UBC study is pinpointing where food can be grown in the urban jungle

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
July 13, 2014


Researchers are using 3-D modelling and water use data to learn just how much food can be grown in Vancouver and how much more water that will require as we morph into a truly edible city.

The project is using laser mapping from aircraft flown over the city to determine where food can be grown successfully in yards, parks and private lands by estimating the amount of solar energy and evapotranspiration, a fancy way of describing how much water returns to the atmosphere through plants and general evaporation.

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See Bangkok’s ‘Veggie Prince’ at home

See video here.

Video by Chumporn Sangvilert
Bangkok Post
02 Jul 2014

Nakorn “Prince” Limpakuptathavorn, aka Veggie Prince, encourages city people to start sustainable farming and they don’t have to wait until they’re retired. Prince also explains why farmers should continue what they do and hold their heads up high.

See video here.

July 13, 2014   No Comments

Tucson City may ditch proposed rules on urban agriculture

Infographic: Urban Agriculture Proposals in Tucson.

The chorus of opposition has made some council members wonder if the city is looking for a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.

By Darren DaRonco
Arizona Daily Star
July 1, 2014


Proposed limits on how many chickens and goats city residents can keep in their backyards may be dumped before they’re ever adopted.

The same goes for new rules governing when you can sell your homegrown fruits and vegetables to your neighbors.

Tucson City Council members are having second thoughts about even bringing the changes to a public vote in the wake of outraged opposition from urban farmers who see their rights being impinged.

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July 13, 2014   No Comments

1943 Mae West Movie – Victor Moore sings ‘Victory Garden’ song

From the movie ‘The Heat’s On’ 1943

“The way my peas grow littler
You’d think I’d worked for Hitler”

Song sung by Victor Moore (1876- 1962) who
wore a ‘Gardening for Victory’ apron.

“I’ve always tried to be a good American
And when this country went to war
The corner grocer told me
I ought to be a farmer in my own back yard

“And as I struggled from the store
With all the seeds he’d sold me
He said, don’t worry pard
It really isn’t hard

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Mayor Walsh Proclaims ‘Urban Agriculture Day’ in Boston


To recognize and appreciate those who engage in urban growing of any kind, and acknowledge the role of urban agriculture in supporting our neighborhoods.

Mayor’s Press Office
City of Boston
July 10, 2014

Text of the proclamation:


Urban agriculture improves access to fresh, local food within the city limits of Boston, reducing the distance food travels from farm to table, strengthening community, and developing neighborhood and city-wide resiliency; and


Urban Agriculture entrepreneurs fortify the human, environmental, and community health of their neighborhoods, all while creating local, sustainable jobs; and

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An Abandoned Mall in Bangkok Becomes an Urban Aquarium

Photo by Jesse Rockwell.

At some point in the early 2000′s an unknown person began introducing a small population of exotic Koi and Catfish species.

By Jesse Rockwell
A Taste of the Road


Down a nondescript soi in old town Bangkok lies a relatively unknown hidden gem. Without a good knowledge of Bangkok geography, one would be hard pressed to believe anything interesting lies behind this gate.

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July 11, 2014   No Comments