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Urban Gardens - more info
« on: January 12, 2015, 10:12:57 AM »
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Urban farms are cropping up in cities across the nation, bringing hyper-local food options and greener streetscapes to areas that once lacked both.

From GreenSource
By Andrea Ward
May 2010

Permaculture-a hybrid of the words "permanent" and "agriculture"-is another alternative agriculture method that has the potential to transform urban neighborhoods through the design of landscapes that integrate agricultural and human communities using systems that mirror natural processes. By definition, permaculture landscapes are often anchored by perennial crops, including fruit trees, and sustained by natural systems like onsite composting. A project called Pittsburgh Food Forests, begun in 2009 in a blighted section of Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood, aims to establish permaculture landscapes throughout the city-"forests" with perennial fruit and nut crops and vertical layers of food production, including annual and perennial understory species, vines, and root crops growing near and underneath the food-producing trees. According to Juliette Jones, co-manager of the project, the goal is to train and involve members of the surrounding community in stewardship of the forests and share with them the fruits of the harvest-and ideally inspire people to create similar landscapes near their own homes.

Rooftops are also increasingly being seen as a "land" resource with farming potential. Green-roof systems, like those installed on many high-performance buildings to minimize the heat-island effect and mitigate stormwater runoff, are not commonly used to cultivate vegetable crops-mostly sedums or similar cover species. But container vegetable gardening on rooftops has a long history in urban areas, and many rooftop farmers are branching out into ever more extensive systems.
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2017, 12:18:51 PM »
An easy way to learn an “essential skill” before it’s actually needed (Hint don’t wait too long..)

IKEA Releases Indoor Garden Kits For Year Round Veggies – No Skills or Soil Needed

http://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/06/ikea-indoor-garden-cultivators-year-round-veggies-no-skills-soil.html

inter, spring, summer or fall – you don’t need to garden at all! Because IKEA has really gone and done it now. Heck, you don’t even need any soil to create your own produce. Or a yard.

Right on the heels of releasing free urban garden plans that can feed a community, IKEA released a series of dream cultivators with the self-sufficient individual of any skillset in mind.

The KRYDDA/VÄXER hydroponic gardens come with everything needed – seeds, plugs for seedlings, sprouting plates, shelving and one can even get water and LED lights for the perfect hydroponic’ing – is that a word yet?

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2017, 10:00:16 PM »
https://www.treehugger.com/green-food/supermarket-montreal-opens-huge-organic-rooftop-garden.html

Montreal supermarket opens huge organic rooftop garden

4-18-2017 treehugger

Photo: © Tact Conseil (used with permission) -- Francis, Richard, and Daniel Duchemin, storeowners, sit in their new rooftop garden
Talk about slashing food miles; 'fresh from the roof' is as local as it gets.

When an IGA supermarket in the Saint-Laurent borough of Montreal was told by the city that it had to install a green roof on its 25,000-square-foot building, owner Richard Duchemin went an unconventional route. He built a big, beautiful organic garden on top, where 30 kinds of vegetables are grown organically in soil watered by the store’s dehumidification system. Two employees tend the produce – beets, kale, tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, radishes, and basil, among others – and package them for sale downstairs, where “fresh from the roof” has become a fun new tagline.

What’s interesting about this garden is that the vegetables are grown using soil, rather than the hydroponic systems that are more commonly encountered on rooftops (like the amazing set-up at the Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv). Duchemin wanted to do it this way so that the produce could be certified organic by Ecocert Canada. It is difficult to keep soil fertile on a rooftop, so an agronomist was brought in to develop a proper fertilization plan.

The rooftop also features eight beehives that produce 600 jars of honey each year. These are sold in the store below. There has been some trouble with insect pests, but the gardeners are trying to offset that naturally by planting deterrent wildflowers. Eventually the store may start selling its rooftop-grown fresh-cut flowers, too.

“People are very interested in buying local. There’s nothing more local than this… Some restaurants have little boxes where they grow herbs. We pushed it further because we know we’re able to sell what we produce here.”

He has noticed a decrease in energy costs, as well, since the garden insulates the roof in wintertime. The store itself is LEED Gold-certified. As you can see in the promotional video below, the garden paths have been laid out to spell the name ‘IGA,’ apparently visible from planes landing at Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2017, 10:09:51 PM »
https://www.treehugger.com/green-food/canadian-food-bank-opens-first-ever-aquaponics-farm.html

Mississauga Food Bank is the first food bank in Canada with an aquaponics farm

November 24, 2016

Growing leafy greens and fish indoors year-round is a fabulous solution to the lack of fresh food in many urban centres.

Mississauga is a large suburban city on the outskirts of Toronto, Canada. Out of its 750,000 residents, an estimated 182,000 people live below the poverty line, which means that they rely on the food bank to make ends meet. Due to urban sprawl, however, it has become increasingly difficult for the Mississauga Food Bank to source fresh food for its customers. While the area was once rich in farmland, most of that has been plowed under for condo towers and shopping malls.

The Food Bank came up with a creative solution — to build an aquaponics farm that can provide both fresh produce and fish to hungry residents. Assisted and trained by the University of Wisconsin’s Aquaponics program, the Mississauga Food Bank launched its farm officially this week, to much fanfare.

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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2017, 08:14:36 AM »
What an awesome story - thanks Barb! :)

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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2017, 05:21:03 PM »
That Montreal rooftop organic garden is incredible.  Don't we wish all grocery stores would/could do that?

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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2017, 02:09:10 AM »
That Montreal rooftop organic garden is incredible.  Don't we wish all grocery stores would/could do that?

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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2017, 02:11:36 AM »
What an awesome story - thanks Barb! :)

There's a streak of practicality in a French culture (or a French influence) which I love.
Someone just dove in and said, this will work and got the word out and began to make that the model for the food banks...
We surely need more of that way of thinking here in America. Practicality, love and courage...