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Urban Farming: an Architect’s Answer to 'Green'?

Urban Farming: an Architect’s Answer to 'Green'? | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it

Sustainable. Local. Natural. Green. Architects talk about these words all the time but what do they really mean?

 

'To present the concept of Urban Farming, I’ve collected images of existing urban farms that are already “digging into” (on/over/through) the built environment – doing amazing things for food, people, cities, communities, and sustainability –  as well as conceptual urban farming architecture – projects which begin to rethink the word “farm,” especially in the urban environment, and offer a very bold response to the question, “What is Green Architecture?” Some of these ideas may seem pretty far-fetched, but I’ll bet not many people thought we’d be farming all over rooftops in NYC either! And they’re not only doing it, they’re doing it sustainably + successfully. Architecture could stand to learn a thing or 2 from these urban farms…'


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RE comment that some of these ideas seem pretty far fetched...sad that we feel we need to temper ideas with statements  like this.Once upon a time landing on the moon and having personal computers also seemed far fetched. Thinking beyond current boundaries is what is needed to tackle issues of food production and sustainable living for the future , now!

 

"Naively ambitious, maybe. But as a twitter-mate noted, “creating food AND jobs and making productive use of vacant land and changing the urban landscape in a huge way!” is in my opinion extremely exciting and worth every effort of that ambition!"

 

.....I couldn't agree more!

Let' s get inspired and figure out how to make  far fetched  ideas work and work sustainably and effectively. 

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Norm Miller's curator insight, November 9, 2013 3:17 PM

We keep hearing about urban farming.  It seems the key is good design.  Microsfot also uses some indoor gardens.

Lili Dávila's curator insight, December 6, 2013 4:35 PM

Another green design to go local...

Urbane Group's curator insight, September 26, 2014 9:20 PM

www.theurbanegroup.com

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The Happy Chicken Coop

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Using herbs in your coop can not only make it smell nicer, but it can also provide medicinal and protective benefits for your girls. I have chosen herbs that are easy t
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I grow herbs for our hens too and put dried herbs in nest boxes and the chicken coop too.
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Introduction to Permaculture Gardening - Sustainable Baby Steps

Introduction to Permaculture Gardening - Sustainable Baby Steps | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
Learn how to get started with permaculture gardening with these ideas and resources.
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Loving this Permaculture Gardening sustainable baby steps guide...
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The wonders of watercress

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Watercress...yes giving this a go this year.
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The Happy Chicken Coop

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In the second chapter of The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter we look at how to keep your chickens laying fresh eggs during the winter months.
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19 Ways to Avoid Pre-Mix Commercial Feed! - Abundant Permaculture

19 Ways to Avoid Pre-Mix Commercial Feed! - Abundant Permaculture | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
Years ago, as the cost of commercial chicken feed skyrocketed, I found myself in search of a more creative option.   At the time, I experimented with rotating the flock on pasture and successfully cut my feed cost in half.   After that, I experimented with free ranging and cut my costs by 90%!   …
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This is the companion article to 7 Essentials for keeping your flock alive and happy...
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What to plant in May

What to plant in May | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
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Interesting point made in this what to plant guide:
"As for annual vegies, the list is shrinking in arid/semi-arid and temperate climates, but expanding in subtropical and tropical climates."

Time for me,  in frost prone spot to get the broad beans in ... but our silverbeet, mints and chillies are still thriving. The chillies are even having another bout of flowers and blossoms. We haven't had first real frost yet which seems late and some of my narcissus bulbs are flowering!! My neighbour commented that they are early this year....ummm ... yeah....that is the understatement of the year, a different kind of climate change "denial". LOL. It's Autumn!
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Vertical Gardening: Great for Small Spaces

Vertical Gardening: Great for Small Spaces | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
The 107 Rooftop Garden at Milkwood, Australia, are making the most of their space with vertical gardening! A great way to grow with limited space.
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Make a garden...plant things and feed yourself:) 

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Growing Tomatoes From Seed | SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Growing Tomatoes From Seed | SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
Lets face it, there is nothing like the taste of homegrown tomatoes. Possibly more than most other vegetables, store bought tomatoes just do not cut it.
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Trap and kill slugs

Trap and kill slugs | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
Slugs are incredibly destructive pests. They'll devour leaves, munch on unripe fruit, leave slime trails that contaminate food, and lay eggs that will...
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Best chickens for Canberra's backyards

Best chickens for Canberra's backyards | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
What hens suit the gardens of the capital? Owen Pidgeon reveals suitable chooks, but warns it is too easy to fall in love them.
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I'm not in Canberra but our Barnvelder is a brilliant chicken. friendly and lays the most gorgeous speckled  eggs.

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Start Small When Growing Your Own Food: Container Gardening 101 - One Green Planet

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“Start Small When Growing Your Own Food: Container Gardening 101 One Green Planet It's the up-and-coming, makes-perfect-sense, new trend of the times: growing your own food.”
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Flowering relationship? Grow your blooms and vegetables together

Flowering relationship? Grow your blooms and vegetables together | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
There may not seem room for both to bloom, but many flowers and vegetables can happily complement and interchange, explains Anni Kelsey
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Biodiversity: An Interview with Slow Food Italy - Slow food

Biodiversity: An Interview with Slow Food Italy - Slow food | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
“Biodiversity: An Interview with Slow Food Italy Slow food In an interview with the new President of Slow Food Italy, Gaetano Pascale, we learn about projects to protect biodiversity, the future of Italian Presidia and priorities for the coming...”
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How to make homemade plant food

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You can buy ready-made plant fertilizer from your local nursery, but you can save money by making homemade plant food with these ingredients.
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tick re: using everything on this list..heard about pee watering lemon trees being good for it...thought was old wive's tale...maybe some truth in it.  NO there will be no pee collecting.
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How to Permaculture Your Life

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A practical guide of strategies, techniques and useful tips to help you live a greener lifestyle.
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Curating this on grow it ...eat it... for future reference sounds like a useful book and read.
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The Happy Chicken Coop

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During the wintertime your hens’ dietary requirements will change as they molt and prepare for the cold, make sure you read this chapter to find out exactl
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Great advice in this chapter from The Happy Chicken Coop regarding how much chickens should eat during Winter and how you can support your hens to keep them in tip top health.
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15 Household Uses for Honey

15 Household Uses for Honey | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
Help your family thrive with the many uses for honey—this all-natural nectar is a healing powerhouse.
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I love a good list re uses for something...this is a simple but good one re: 15  Household uses for honey....mmmmmm honey!
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7 Essentials For Keeping Your Chicken Flock Alive and Happy - Abundant Permaculture

7 Essentials For Keeping Your Chicken Flock Alive and Happy - Abundant Permaculture | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
Admit it… you’re chicken. Well, in all the right ways you’re scared you’ll kill your chickens.  And, deep down, you just everyone to be happy.  Good for you.  Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I’ll explain the Seven Essentials you need to know to be a great “mama” to your chickens …
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I love my chickens and with Winter approaching want to ensure that they are in top health to weather through the frost, mist and cold. Want to introduce more live feed. Have been sowing grain seeds and feeding the girls the seedlings . They love that. Also growing comfrey for them.  Oddly enough for late Autumn we still have sunflowers in bloom and  we have been cutting off  sunflower heads for the rock chicks. We scour the neighbourhood  and our neighbours gardens, while walking our Airedales for weeds- dandelions and the like and catch bugs when we can.

I want to do some grain sprouting for them in the next couple of weeks.

This list is useful and has helpful suggestions.

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The meat debate | Organic Gardener Magazine Australia

The meat debate | Organic Gardener Magazine Australia | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
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Interesting read...some ideas about more sustainable  meat raising and production practice that will challenge most people's expectations and beliefs about meat farming and production in Australia from David Holmgren.


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In My Kitchen Garden: How To Grow Your Own Swiss Chard From Seed & Why You Should

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Comfrey growing information

Comfrey growing information | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
Green Harvest provides growing information for edible and useful plants in the organic and permaculture garden.
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Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston's Poorest Neighborhoods

Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston's Poorest Neighborhoods | Grow it...eat it | Scoop.it
From kitchens that buy and sell locally grown food, to a waste co-op that will return compost to the land, new enterprises are building an integrated food network. It's about local people keeping the wealth of their land at home.
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Vegetables to grow in winter: a how-to guide

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“Janet Renouf-Miller explains how you can create a harvest of fresh, nutritious winter food throughout the cold months (RT @ktshepherd1: Great article from @PermacultureMag, time to get sowing seeds for the winter Edible Garden”
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MyGrowPonics - What motivates you to grow your own food? | Facebook

“What motivates you to grow your own food? (What motivates you to grow your own food? http://t.co/GssUAACbrL)”
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How to grow beetroot and radishes

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Grow your own: Beetroot and radishes are easy to grow. But get sowing now...
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