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City Agriculture: December 24, 2015 - Happy Merry New and Bah Humbug Edition

by gmoke Thu Dec 24th, 2015 at 12:02:32 PM EST

Homefarm - a conceptual proposal for the next generation of urban retirement housing. It presents a living and farming typology for Singapore (or elsewhere) that combines apartments and facilities for seniors with vertical urban farming

Urban Algae Folly designed by ecoLogicStudio is an interactive pavilion integrating living micro-algal cultures, a built example of architecture's bio-digital future. Microalgae, in this instance Spirulina, are exceptional photosynthetic machines; they contain nutrients that are fundamental to the human body, such as minerals and vegetable proteins; microalgae also oxygenate the air and can absorb CO2 from the urban atmosphere ten times more effectively than large trees.

Tinyfield Roofhop Farm grows organic hops for craft breweries in Brooklyn, NY

Gangster gardeners in South LA
http://www.ryot.org/trailer-documentary-follows-gangster-gardeners-as-they-beautify-one-of-americas- most-dangerous-neighborhoods/945185

Washington DC building mobile urban farms

From Mumbai:  Urban Farming & Gardening Goes Online With `Ugaoo.com'

Flat pack pop up urban garden

Detroit urban ag startup growing insects

Urban farming data collection toolkit, now in use in over 40 cities

Renting chickens and bees
http://www.timescolonist.com/business/urban-farm-popularity-spawns-rentals-of-chickens-bee-hives-1.2 113841

UrbanFarmers' 14,000 square-foot urban rooftop farm in The Hague will be the largest in Europe
http://www.greenhousegrower.com/structures-equipment/europes-largest-rooftop-farm-underway-scheduled -to-open-in-january

American Society of Landscape Architects on The Edible City

More city agriculture?
. yes 75%
. no 0%
. not yes 0%
. not no 0%
. neither yes nor no 0%
. both yes and no 0%
. don't understand the question? 25%
. none of the above 0%

Votes: 4
Results | Other Polls
I voted that I didn't understand the question because I don't understand why there should be a question.  Yes, yes, and more yes.
by rifek on Fri Dec 25th, 2015 at 11:30:56 AM EST
I see city agriculture more about political power then about food suplies as such.

There is not a lack of aricultural land as such, and if the population was moved closer to the land transportation costs could be cut. But if you are not acting on a political level where moving people towards the land is possible, then it makes sense to promote urban agriculture as a way to promote food safety in the cities.

by fjallstrom on Sun Dec 27th, 2015 at 05:53:32 AM EST
Probably makes a certain amount of sense for things like salads.

It's not clear that moving people towards the land is especially desirable anyway.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Dec 27th, 2015 at 08:19:15 AM EST
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either way this is a neat compendium of things which can't really hurt.

San Frisko used to have a working urban farm, which also included a fine stage for punk and alternative concerts.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sun Dec 27th, 2015 at 10:03:30 AM EST
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A considerable amount of food is already being grown in cities around the world today and the new technologies available ( hydroponics, aeroponics, pink houses....) will enable the growth of this activity and trend.  Around Boston, MA, USA, where i live, there is a lot of what I call "money static" around the opportunities in urban agriculture and food production, lots of venture capital types showing up and start-up excitement.  A certain segment of the population wants local, fresh, organic and will pay for the privilege.  This is one thing fueling urban ag.  Another is the practical community building advantages local agriculture has.  As someone who has been involved in the field of local agriculture for over forty years, I can tell you that there is a firm foundation for economic growth that has been diligently built over the last 4 decades and it won't go away.  Too many people are already making money producing food in the cities.  It's also not a competition with rural agriculture either but a symbiotic and synergetic relationship.

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by gmoke on Sun Dec 27th, 2015 at 02:32:07 PM EST
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