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Holland: Rooftop Villages

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Gardens and Social Space

In chapter six of Rooftopics, Léon van Geest talks to Laurens van der Wal (architect) and Renée Rooijmans (cultural antropologist) about exploring living on rooftops. They are the initiators of what will be the first rooftop village, on top of De Kroon, a former industrial building in Rotterdam-West. How do they see the future of city living? And what challenges did Renée face when she got the chance to live on the Hofbogen rooftop for a year? Discover this, and much more, in this interview.

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January 8, 2021   No Comments

USDA Seeks Members For New Urban/Indoor Agriculture Committee

“This group will underscore USDA’s commitment to all segments of agriculture and has the potential to support innovative ways to increase local food production in urban environments.”

By Chris Koger
AG Web
Jan 07, 2021

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking members for a new advisory committee for urban agriculture.

The dozen members of the board will advise the agriculture secretary on issues relating to urban/indoor/vertical farms and identify barriers to establishing them.

“This group will underscore USDA’s commitment to all segments of agriculture and has the potential to support innovative ways to increase local food production in urban environments,” Bill Northey, USDA’s under secretary for farm production and conservation, said in a news release.

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Canada: Ottawa Community gardens ready to adapt and grow in 2021

“We all hoped we were going to be able to open the garden, to give people a place to be outside, get their hands in the dirt and provide a growing space for food they or their loved ones may need.”

Preslea Normand
Capital Current
Jan 4, 2021

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More than 90 community gardens saw increased engagement in 2020 and adopted new measures to ensure safety that may also be used in future, coronavirus or not.

“It was a source of pride and joy and a reason to get out of the house every second day to check on the garden. Good for mental health and physical well-being,” gardener Monika Ferenczy wrote in a recent email.

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Growing Under Cover

Techniques for a More Productive, Weather-Resistant, Pest-Free Vegetable Garden

By Niki Jabbour
Storey Publishing, LLC
December 22, 2020

Increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and pest infestations are challenging today’s vegetable gardeners. But best-selling author Niki Jabbour has a solution: Growing Under Cover. In this in-depth guide, Jabbour shows how to use small solutions like cloches, row covers, shade cloth, cold frames, and hoophouses, as well as larger protective structures like greenhouses and polytunnels, to create controlled growing spaces for vegetables to thrive.

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January 8, 2021   No Comments