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Sweden: Stockholm 2041: how co-management of urban space changed the city and its people

De boeren hofstede, Lutkie & Cranenburg, 1848 – 1881

This utopian essay is playing out twenty years from now (in 2041) and is grounded in on-going research (in 2020) on the new urban gardening commons in Stockholm City, Sweden

By Nathalie Bergame|
Shareable
January 14, 2021

Excerpt:

A cry for autonomy and “the right to the city” through gardening

With rather high initial investments for establishing a good soil quality, buying fruit-bearing bushes and other perennials as well as seeds and the looming risk of being evicted from the plot of urban land, residents who were engaged in park management in the 2020s began to demand more long-term based public land leases from the City District Administrations. Viewed from the perspective of the “right to the city,” conceptualised more than seventy years ago in 1967 by urban theorist Henri Lefebvre, the residents performed their urban duty and demanded the full rights to their labor on public land and by that claimed their right to the city.

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January 20, 2021   No Comments

Netherlands: I call myself a metropolitan farmer.

Rob Baan, Koppert Cress, The Netherlands

By Ruud Sies (photographer) and partner Hanneke van Hintum (producer)
Resilience Food Stories
2020

Excerpt:

As a small boy Rob was often taken by his father on walks through the woods or the dunes, where he learnt which plants were edible, and where they shot rabbits. That was how his father had survived the war.

Rob therefore came to see nature as a friend and he began to love plants. When during his studies he found an internship at the seed company Sluis & Groot, all the knowledge he had built up fell into place. He was intrigued by what the people who worked there could tell from looking at a crop and what interested him most of all was the recognition of diseases in plants. He was fascinated to discover how many variables influence the health of a plant, including its roots, its leaves, the soil, its location and the conditions there.

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January 19, 2021   No Comments

France: “You reap what you sow”

By Ruud Sies (photographer)

Jean-Luc Danneyrolles – Peasant, Philosopher and Poet

By Ruud Sies (photographer) and partner Hanneke van Hintum (producer)
Resilience Food Stories
2020

Excerpt:

Jean-Luc, selects and harvests his own seeds, grows vegetables and forgotten plants, and actively campaigns to protect farmers seeds.

Agriculture started with a garden and I love that concept of horticulture. In fact I’d rather talk about agro-ecology than about organic horticulture. Only seeds that are registered in the official catalogue can be put on the market.

To get through the registration process, however, large sums need to be paid and there must be proof that the variety is genetically stable. As a consequence, 80% of the vegetables grown in France have disappeared over the past fifty years.

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January 17, 2021   No Comments

Holland: Kitchen Gardens: From Plot to Plate – A Photo Essay

By Ruud Sies

Kitchen gardens can supply up to half of all non-staple food needs, as well as a significant number of vitamins and minerals. This makes them an invaluable tool for food security in vulnerable communities.

By Ruud Sies (photographer) and partner Hanneke van Hintum (producer)
Resilience Food Stories
2020

Excerpt:

It was in the fall of 2016, that I made my first photo of a kitchen garden. It was somewhere on a dyke in Rotterdam, The subject of a kitchen garden is interesting above all for the beauty of the thing itself and for its universal character. There are millions of these little plots all over the world. Nothing else brings nature and culture so close together.

It is the battle against the elements that has to be fought out on thirty-five square metres that makes the subject so interesting. Nowhere do nature and culture come so closely together as in the kitchen garden, and there is nothing else that makes the seasons so visible.

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January 16, 2021   No Comments

Webinar: Urban And Peri-Urban Agriculture

Man met een spade over zijn schouder, Daniël Veelwaard (I), after Gerrit Adrianus van Oosterhoudt, 1802 – 1851

What role does urban and peri-urban agriculture play in city food systems in the context of COVID and climate change?

January 21st . 12pm CET, 2021

The majority of the world’s population lives in cities, reaching 65% in 2050. Providing ready access to healthy fresh food, bringing communities together, and educating urban populations about the food system are amongst the drivers for urban and peri-urban agriculture in many cities throughout the world. This webinar will explore how this has developed as part of strategic city-wide approaches to the food system, and will ask whether this activity is more or less important and practical in the context of current crises including COVID and climate change.

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January 12, 2021   No Comments

Holland: Rooftop Villages

See video interview here.

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

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.

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