New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Category — Environment

UK: Call the cavalry! Horses ride to rescue of an inner city garden

Plant force … PC Ben Ballard, right, riding Clyde, and PC Jo Brown on Iris create divots and trample in seeds at the Barbican Wildlife Garden. Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian

Mounted City of London police receive a surprise order: to help trample in wildflower seeds at the Barbican

By Phoebe Weston
The Guardian
Dec. 28, 2020

Excerpt:

The garden’s lead volunteer, Jo Rodgers, wanted grazing livestock to come and stamp in autumn seeds but there are none in London’s financial district. Instead, she called in the local police horses who came and walked around it for 30 minutes as part of their community engagement work. “In the countryside, you graze animals after you’ve cut the grass to help churn up the soil. We tried to think about getting in sheep or goats, and then we thought, ‘Horses!, we have them locally!’” she says.

Grazing animals play an essential role in maintaining traditional wildflower meadows because their hooves create dips and furrows that help push seeds into the soil and create microhabitats. More than 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have been lost since the second world war.

[Read more →]

January 3, 2021   Comments Off on UK: Call the cavalry! Horses ride to rescue of an inner city garden

UK: ‘They thought I was completely dotty’ Prince Charles says ‘no one wanted to know’ when he began talking about environmental issues in 1970s

He said: ‘I’ve been talking to quite a lot of the First Nations leaders in Canada over the last year, and it’s high time we paid more attention to their wisdom, and the wisdom of indigenous communities and First Nations people all around the world.

By James Robinson
Daily Mailonline
29 December 2020

Excerpt:

During the interview, conducted by award-winning writer Ms Atwood, Prince Charles also hit out at ‘conventional’ intensive farming methods and said farmers who pollute the environment should be made to pay.

The royal heir, who for the last 35-years has owned a 1,000 acre organic farm in Gloucestershire, said the overuse of chemicals, growth hormones and antibiotics in beef production, as well as an over-reliance on mono-culture cropping systems in agriculture, is damaging the environment.

[Read more →]

December 29, 2020   Comments Off on UK: ‘They thought I was completely dotty’ Prince Charles says ‘no one wanted to know’ when he began talking about environmental issues in 1970s

UK: Growing crops in cities will put an end to food waste

Coronavirus showed how vulnerable our global food supply chains are, but growing closer to home could also solve our waste problem

By Ellen Macarthur
Wired
23 December 2020

Excerpt:

In the current food system, when food flows into cities, organic waste is created in the form of discarded produce, by-products and sewage. This waste is full of nutrients that can be used to grow new food and create biomaterials, but in today’s system it is more likely to end up in landfill or go untreated. However, there are more viable – and greener – alternatives. In Italy, paper is already being made from pasta by-products, while orange peels, grape skins and excess milk are being turned into fabrics. In the UK, London has committed to ensuring that by 2026 no biodegradable or recyclable waste will be sent to landfill.

[Read more →]

December 29, 2020   Comments Off on UK: Growing crops in cities will put an end to food waste

Korea: Video of 2020 Seoul International Conference (Pre-Conference) (English)

Carbon Neutrality, Biodiversity, Sustainable Food System

14:00 – 14:50 1) Carbon Neutrality (Committee Member Jin-Deok Kim & Mr. Cheol Hwan Ahn) Eunha Jo

Speakers from Overseas

  • Nadina Galle (MIT Senseable City Laboratory Research Fellow – Netherlands)
  • William LoSasso (NYC Parks GreenThumb Director – USA)
  • Josh Whiton (Founder of MakeSoil – USA)

Speaker from Korea

  • Yong-Un Ban (University of Chungbuk, Department of Urban Engineering – Korea)
[Read more →]

December 15, 2020   Comments Off on Korea: Video of 2020 Seoul International Conference (Pre-Conference) (English)

This North Philly urban farm is fighting food insecurity during COVID-19

SEE VIDEO HERE: Robert Sonder, 24, director of event management at the Urban Creators farm in North Philadelphia. Working at the site since he was a teenager, Sonder calls the 3-acre plot “magical.” JESSICA GRIFFIN / Staff Photographer

Founded by Temple University students and neighborhood activists in 2010, Urban Creators is run in large part these days by young friends in their 20s who started doing odd jobs at the farm as teens.

By Alfred Lubrano and Raishad Hardnett
Philadelphia Enquirer
Nov 24, 2020

Excerpt:

Once an illegal dump, set beside a SEPTA Regional Rail line, the nearly-three-acre plot is studded by trees — some in planters made of painted tires — and lined with beds normally thick with flowers and vegetables in the growing season. Run by a grassroots nonprofit called Urban Creators, it yields needed food in a supermarket desert where hunger proliferated long before the pandemic.

The farm also serves as a community commons — a nexus of artistic and entrepreneurial incubation in what neighbors call a “magical” space dotted by sheds and a pavilion used for public events. It offers safety, its organizers say, and a respite from “the ravages of systemic racism.”

[Read more →]

November 28, 2020   Comments Off on This North Philly urban farm is fighting food insecurity during COVID-19

Scotland: Glasgow golf course could become urban farm

Glasgow Community Food Network plan.

Hopes of converting one of Glasgow’s golf courses into the city’s first urban farm ahead of COP26 have taken a step closer to becoming reality following a major award from the National Lottery to be announced today.

By Cate Devine
Herald Scotland
Nov 18, 2020

Excerpt:

An unprecedented £629,582 from the National Lottery Community Fund to the Glasgow Community Food Network (GCFN) means work can begin tomorrow [Friday] on transforming Glasgow’s food system and reducing its impact on the climate crisis. It is the Lottery’s largest award given to one project specifically tackling climate change in Scotland.

A project called ‘Low Carbon Sustainable Food City For All’ will be led by GCFN in partnership with Urban Roots, Glasgow Eco Trust, The Space, St Paul’s Youth Forum and Central and West Integration Network.

Nine new jobs will be advertised from tomorrow, with appointments expected to be made before the end of the year for work to begin in January.

[Read more →]

November 24, 2020   Comments Off on Scotland: Glasgow golf course could become urban farm

Black Seeds Urban Farms to Bloom in Uptown Memphis

“I want to teach people how to take care of their roots, literally from the ground up—starting with the nutrients we put in our bodies.”

By Carrie Pinkley
Choose 901
November 11, 2020

Excerpt:

“The time is now, more than ever, to highlight the concept of growing and maintaining food in the urban core. Urban farming is a vital component to the evolution of the communal culture and a sustainable food source in Memphis,” Bobby commissioned.

Bobby and Derravia are very fruitful neighbors, to say the least. While we may have to wait a little while to see their community gardens bloom, they have small version of their larger concept growing in their backyard that Memphians can take advantage of now.

[Read more →]

November 18, 2020   Comments Off on Black Seeds Urban Farms to Bloom in Uptown Memphis