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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

Philippines: Department of Agriculture teams up with youth-led architecture design competition to promote urban agriculture

The design competition, dubbed as “RE-TERRA 2021.

“This means, inserting every means of agriculture into every mode of urbanity. Tactically, this involves strategies that mobilize every component and feature of our varied and dense urban landscape towards establishing lasting food security for every Filipino.”

By Department of Agriculture
January 7, 2021

Excerpt:

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has teamed up with RE-TERRA, a youth organization, to conduct a design competition for future architects, designers, and developers to garner innovative and transformative designs that integrate agriculture into the urban setting.

“Time and again, I have emphasized the crucial role of the youth in agriculture. They are the source of many bright and fresh ideas, having a strong grasp of emerging trends and technologies,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

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January 13, 2021   No Comments

Are ‘Edible Landscapes’ the Future of Public Parks?

In downtown Detroit, Lafayette Greens is an urban garden and public green space where visitors can watch live music, enjoy local art installations, and take community yoga classes, all while watching butterflies flit from plant to plant. (Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

Green spaces planted with fruits, veggies and herbs are sprouting across the globe, and the bounty is meant to share

By Emily Matchar
Smithsonianmag.Com
November 16, 2020

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A growing movement of gardeners, food activists, landscape designers, urban planners and others is encouraging us to think “edible” when it comes to public green space. Flowers are pretty, they say, but if those blossoms become apples or zucchini, isn’t that even better?

“Public food landscapes can transform public spaces from being passive scenes to view or experience at a relatively superficial level,” says Joshua Zeunert, a landscape designer and professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney who studies edible public spaces.

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November 22, 2020   Comments Off on Are ‘Edible Landscapes’ the Future of Public Parks?

Gardens are in. Grass is out.

Webinar on Thursday, December 3, 12:30-1:00 PM to talk about lawns and edible landscaping

Join Emma Layman, Dani McLean, Dylan O’Neill, and Joshua Yuen-Schat for a 20-minute presentation and 10-minute discussion on all things lawns and edible landscaping. They will be discussing why lawns should be converted to gardens, how non-profits and businesses can “turn up the turf,” and the role of cities in the lawn-to-food movement as a way to celebrate their year-long Capstone Project with Boundless Landscapes.

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October 23, 2020   Comments Off on Gardens are in. Grass is out.

AgriCultura: Urban Agriculture and the Heritage Potential of Agrarian Landscape

Alexander Mackenzie (1850–1890) Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

The first book to focus on the intersection between urban agriculture and heritage issues. While most cases are European, it includes chapters on Canada, Mexico and Australia.

Edited by Lionella Scazzosi and Paola Branduini (both at the Politecnico di Milano)
Springer
2020

This book explains how cultural heritage can be a tool for enhancing urban agriculture and improving landscape and life quality. It cuts across the existing literature and fills the gaps between urban agriculture, considered as a food, social and environmental opportunity and cultural heritage, considered as resource.

It focuses the role of the countryside for urban areas, in the history of the city and today. Its attention is on the quality for all areas, both outstanding, ordinary and degraded, as well as large, little or fragmented (European landscape convention 2000). It considers agricultural landscape as a system of tangible and intangible heritage components and relationships, to be retained, enhanced and transmit, in a process of inevitable but appropriate dynamic conservation and management over time (ICOMOS-IFLA Principles 2017).

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October 5, 2020   Comments Off on AgriCultura: Urban Agriculture and the Heritage Potential of Agrarian Landscape

Explore Troy, N.Y.’S Charming Hidden Gardens With Virtual Tour

16 Steve and Sue’s garden. See the tours here.

21st Annual Event Can Be Experienced Online Through Interactive 3D Photos + Video Messages

By Duncan Crary
[email protected]
June 2020
[A perfect idea for urban agriculture tours! Mike]

TROY, N.Y. (6/15/2020) — Troy, New York is a small 19th century American city known for its architecture and abundance of Tiffany stained glass windows. Once per year, visitors are invited to view the residents’ private gardens during the annual Troy Hidden Garden Tour. This year, for the first time, the tour is available virtually for anyone in the world to explore online.

“Earlier this spring, we realized that we would not be able to host The Hidden Garden Tour as usual this year. So we set to work bringing the garden tour to you,” said Peter Grimm, president of the Friends of Prospect Park which organizes the annual event. “This is always such a beloved, friendly event that invites visitors into the hidden, green spaces of our city. We did not want to lose that community spirit this year, so that’s why we’re bringing it to you, virtually.”

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June 15, 2020   Comments Off on Explore Troy, N.Y.’S Charming Hidden Gardens With Virtual Tour

Welcome to the agrihood – In these suburban subdivisions, farming is just another amenity

Franz and Eldridge call the farm “the fishbowl.” “You have to have the right personality type to do this,” says Eldridge.

Dentists’ offices could grow mint to make fresh toothpaste.

By Patrick Sisson
Curbed
Mar 12, 2020
Photography by Jaci Pena

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“This agrihood is accessible right outside your door,” he said. “You can have a direct relationship with the people who grow some of your food, something you just can’t get in Whole Foods. I would love to see this concept evolve so everybody has a farm in their community; it’s like a hyperlocal professional you trust, like your dentist.”

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March 20, 2020   Comments Off on Welcome to the agrihood – In these suburban subdivisions, farming is just another amenity