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Urban Agriculture in Europe: Transforming Communities and Changing Lives – Webinar

Carl Pickens, Landscape Architect asks: Can agriculture in New Zealand’s urban design contribute to a more sustainable future?

Sat, 27 February 2021
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM NZDT

About this Event

How can the incorporation of urban agriculture in New Zealand’s urban design and planning contribute to a more sustainable future?
In 2019, landscape architect Carl Pickens was awarded a fellowship to study world-leading practice in urban agriculture projects and policies in Europe and the United Kingdom.
Find out about the projects he visited, which included a visionary rooftop farm in Antwerps Green Quarter; a CSA 20 minutes by bike from central Amsterdam; an edible town in northern England; a project enabled by the Parisculteurs municipal growing initiative; and a quirky farm in coastal Oslo.

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February 22, 2021   No Comments

New Zealand: Chocolate Wrappers Composted in Local Garden

Some of Whittaker’s new peanut slabs with compostable packaging.

Specially-wrapped Peanut Slabs in plant-based compostable packaging went on sale in Wellington and Porirua. They are then taken to For the Better Good’s Edible Earth Urban Micro Farm in Cannon’s Creek for composting.

By Katarina Williams
Stuff
Feb 01 2021

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“The process starts with gathering resources all diverted from landfill, we’re diverting food waste, we’re diverting garden waste, we’re collecting out packaging, now we’re collecting Whittaker’s packaging here in Porirua,” Klinac said.

“We add all of those together. It takes about three months to cycle through from lettuce leaves all the way through to dark, rich compost at the end. Generally, we add beneficial microbes to make sure the compost is really high quality.

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February 6, 2021   Comments Off on New Zealand: Chocolate Wrappers Composted in Local Garden

Australia: And then the pandemic came: A tale of two community gardens

Georgina Bathurst in the Bourke Street garden.James Brickwood.

The garden’s membership doubled to more than 50 during the pandemic

By Danielle Mahe
Sydney Morning Herald
January 13, 2021

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Last year was meant to be the year when the Bourke Street Community Garden in Woolloomooloo could finally house the prized chickens for which the gardeners had been waiting for.

To mark the occasion, they had planned to hold a chicken festival, an open day to showcase the inner city garden with its new additions. It would be the first of the 23 community gardens in the City of Sydney council area to have livestock.

The chickens finally arrived in March. But so did COVID-19.

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January 17, 2021   Comments Off on Australia: And then the pandemic came: A tale of two community gardens

New Zealand: Residents report deer moving into urban areas, gardens take a hammering

According to the Department of Conservation’s website, seven species of deer have become established in the wild in New Zealand.

By Matthew Tso
Stuff
Dec 28 2020

Lower Hutt residents are giving up their vege patches as deer move in on urban areas.

Margaret Willard said the animals had become so bold she has not bothered replanting her silverbeet following a daring nighttime raid.

“I’ve given up on the vege garden. They came down the steps and ate the greens.”

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January 2, 2021   Comments Off on New Zealand: Residents report deer moving into urban areas, gardens take a hammering

Tasmania: COVID-19 food insecurity sees backyard veggie patches and community gardens boom

Susan West is one of a growing number of Tasmanians making food forests in their backyard to bring down family food costs.(ABC News: Manika Champ)

Dr Kent said the survey also found 30 per cent of Tasmanian households had increased the amount of time they spent gardening during the pandemic.

By Manika Champ
ABC
Dec 14, 2020

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Susan West’s backyard in suburban northern Tasmania is only small, but it packs a punch.

It is filled with broad beans, tomatoes, silverbeet, peas, strawberries and a fig tree — and two chooks help clean up the excess waste.

“The chooks eat all the scraps from the garden and our table, and then they give us beautiful fresh eggs,” Ms West said.

Ms West started her garden about two years ago and is part of a growing trend of people growing their own fruit and vegetables.

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December 20, 2020   Comments Off on Tasmania: COVID-19 food insecurity sees backyard veggie patches and community gardens boom

Solomon Islands: Distribution Of Vegetable Seeds & Tools Extended To Provinces

Vegetable seeds and tools were paid under the Covid-19 budget.

Press Release: Solomon Islands
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock
29 November 2020

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has stretched its vegetable seeds and farming tools distribution programme under the Covid-19 Livelihood Sector Agriculture Support to the provinces.

The distribution is part of the ongoing agriculture support programme that the ministry is implementing under the Livelihood Sector initiative (Sup-sup garden) to support and encourage households to make gardens around their houses to subsidize food costs as aligned to the national government food security programme to counter the impacts of Covid-19.

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December 5, 2020   Comments Off on Solomon Islands: Distribution Of Vegetable Seeds & Tools Extended To Provinces

Australia: Bring on the urban farm, but don’t deign to usurp nature

Hanging Gardens Of Babylon.

Food security, food equity, food miles, social engagement, mental health, growing consumer preference for local, land-water scarcity: urban agriculture has many drivers.

By Elizabeth Farrelly
Brisbane Times
Nov 20, 2020

Excerpt:

Urban agriculture has been dreamed of for years – probably ever since my grandfather stopped being able to grow everything the family ate or drank in the big backyard of a small state house. But regulators are slow to catch up.

For one thing, it implies a whole new take on city planning. Canberra always makes me itch to fill its gaps – not with cookie-cutter high rise, as it’s now doing, but filling every mile-wide median strip and verge with tight little urban villages and bustling markets. The myriad ideas of the food-nerds, however, flooded this dreaming with new possibilities. The light rail on Northbourne was suddenly flanked with fruiting pears and feijoas. The new but empty student residences were stacked with the succulent green leafage of vertical farming. Aquaculture in the ponds; bok choy and silverbeet lined every verge.

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November 25, 2020   Comments Off on Australia: Bring on the urban farm, but don’t deign to usurp nature