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Weekly Roundup 051– 13th to 19th Feb


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‘Is Urban farming only for rich hipsters?’
Authored by Gina Lovett

“Anyone should be able to have their own farm’. Creating an accessible niche for the masses is key to the success of the concept of urban farming. Imagine a day in city/urban life where organic produce is available right from your very own terrace. Apartment associations, neighbourhood groups, youth welfare communities – all of whom are potential drivers and participants of Urban farming. With the belief that Urban farming will benefit the whole of society, it is necessary to tap into all sections of society and bolster participation.

Vocational training in aquaponics can benefit young locals with a history of poor educational attainment and allow for an inclusive integration into a productive society.

Read the whole piece here 

Published by The Guardian.


‘Sustainable Urban Agriculture: Confirming viable scenarios for production’
Published by NYSERDA & Columbia University

Design Research Coordinator Kubi Ackerman presented Urban Design Lab (UDL) work on urban agriculture and food systems at the November 2009 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Innovations in Agriculture Conference in Albany, New York. The presentation, titled “Sustainable Urban Agriculture: Confirming viable scenarios for production”, was part of a panel on controlled environment and urban agriculture meant to highlight NYSERDA’s support of this rapidly changing field. This research on the future role of food production and food infrastructure in and around cities, is increasingly recognized as critical to issues of urban sustainability and public health.

Read or download the publication here.







‘Designing Urban Agriculture with April Woods’
Created by Land8

Based on April Philips’ book, Designing Urban Agriculture (Wiley & Sons, April 2013), this one hour webinar addresses how urban agriculture landscapes play an important part in making the connection between food, health and ecology.

Brought to you by Land8


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