Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a village, town, or city. Urban agriculture can also involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, Urban beekeeping, and horticulture. These activities occur in peri-urban areas as well. Urban agriculture can reflect varying levels of economic and social development. In the global north it often takes the form of a social movement for sustainable communities, where organic growers, ‘foodies’ and ‘locavores’ form social networks founded on a shared ethos of nature and community holism. History The idea of supplemental food production beyond rural farming operations and distant imports is not new and has been used during war times and the Great Depression when food shortage issues arose. With its past success in mind and with modern technology, urban agriculture today can be something to help both developed and developing nations. Perspectives Resource and economic
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Gleaning WikiGleaning (formerly 'leasing') is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. Some ancient cultures promoted gleaning as an early form of a welfare system. Bible Old Testament According to the Holiness Code and the Deuteronomic Code of the Torah, farmers should leave the corners of their fields unharvested, and they should not attempt to harvest any left-overs that had been forgotten when they had harvested the majority of a field. On one of the two occasions that this is mentioned by the Holiness Code, it adds that, in vineyards, some grapes should be left ungathered, an argument made also by the Deuteronomic Code. New Testament Jesus and his disciples practiced a form of gleaning as they walked through grain fields breaking off heads of wheat to eat. Classical era and dark ages Modern times See also References
Growing Your Own Food in an Urban Environment: Part II | TheNaturalStore.com BlogBy Leah Kaminsky In Part I of this series, we learned how to use recycled or re-purposed containers and a windowsill to grow an urban garden. Today we’ll look at two other great routes—raised beds and grow bags. For those with a little more space (or the willingness to give up the whole patio), raised beds are a great way to grow a full and vibrant garden that can feed the entire family. Raised beds are freestanding structures made with wood, stone, concrete or any easy-to-use building material. Raised beds are an easy way to make spaces arable that normally aren’t. If building your own bed (or hiring someone to do so) sounds too complicated, you might want to buy a grow bag at your local gardening center. No matter what route you take, urban gardening is a wonderful way to create a self-sustaining garden and have a little fun while you’re at it.
Urban MicrogreensSow Gourmet is a young business that makes and sells flat-pack 'grow your own' microgreen kits that fold down to the size of a letter and can be posted for convenience. Microgreens are baby vegetables that grow quickly (in as little as a week!), are highly nutritious, have bright vibrant colours and are delicious! They have been used by innovative chefs for years, and with an endless variety of microgreens available there is always be something to suit the season. We are here to help build awareness about microgreens and urban food growing: with our micro-greenhouse, growing food is easy even in the smallest of spaces and we want to share this with the world! We want to make videos showing how easy and fun growing food in an urban environment can be. Once these videos are made we will use guerrilla marketing techniques (a great way to let people know about something on a tight budget!) Thanks for reading, Thom
WIKIPEDIA – Agriculture urbaine.Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. agriculture urbaine est une forme émergente de pratiques agricoles en ville, généralement en parcelles partagées, ou en jardins individuels et/ou collectifs. L'agriculture urbaine recouvre différents types de production d'intérêt économique local, de plantes, de champignons (comme les champignons de Paris) ou d'animaux sur le territoire urbain ou sur les espaces le jouxtant (péri-urbains). Culture verticale de vigne : grappes de raisin accessibles depuis les fenêtres, Lille, Nord de la France L'agriculture urbaine et prériurbaine est une des solutions proposées et recommandées par l'ONU et la FAO pour faire face aux besoins de sécurité alimentaire aux défis de l'urbanisation et de la périurbanisation, notamment dans les villes des pays dits pauvres. Certains écoquartiers ont intégré une ferme urbaine dans leur périmètre (exemple : E.V.A. Les types de production[modifier | modifier le code] Les grands objectifs[modifier | modifier le code]
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Edmonton Public Schools - HomeThe city-dwellers who are becoming front garden farmers - Green Living - EnvironmentMayfield's Eureka moment led him to petition a small group of locals living in the streets neighbouring his home in Balham, south London, to join him growing vegetables in front gardens or on their window sills, balconies and roofs. The idea was simple: by pooling resources and sharing expertise, participants could eat local by growing their own. Twelve months on and Food Up Front is now signing up people for year two. It has a network of more than 30 street rep co-ordinators, and has attracted the interest of would-be urban farmers from neighbouring boroughs and beyond. For a contribution of just £20 towards running costs, each will receive a starter pack including growing containers, locally-produced organic compost, a selection of seeds and a basic planting and harvesting guide. "We wanted to reconnect people living in cities with food," explains Mayfield, a support worker for disabled and dyslexic children. "It's about protecting the urban environment," Lujic explains.
Rise of Urban FarmingMy newest buzzword for 2011 is CSA. I'd never heard the term until recently, but now it seems to be popping up all over, as is interest in sustainable agriculture and urban farming. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture -- the practice of signing up with a local farm for weekly produce and, in some cases, meat and dairy. I first read about CSA in Kristin Kimball's recent memoir, "The Dirty Life," which is justly attracting rave reviews on Amazon. Kimball's book is an engrossing depiction of the back-breaking work and edible rewards of CSA. Urban farming is also on the rise. Urban farming comes in a variety of models. A vision of urban and vertical farming. Next Page: More visions of urban farms.AGRIURBAIN - Veille scientifique sur la recherche et les projets en agriculture urbaine
Les matériaux d'isolationComparaison des différents isolants Les isolants à base de fibres Les isolants à base de fibres minérales (Laine de verre, laine de roche, ...) Ce sont les isolants les plus répandus et les moins chers. Ils possèdent une très bonne qualité d'isolation thermique mais ont peu d'inertie et gèrent mal les transferts de vapeur d'eau. Les isolants à base de fibres végétales (Laine de bois, de lin, de chanvre, paille, liège, ...) On distingue les matériaux issus de la filière bois (laine de bois, liège) et ceux issus de la filière agricole (paille, chanvre, lin). Ces matériaux gèrent très bien les transferts de vapeur d'eau et possèdent des caractéristiques thermiques intéressantes, telles que la valeur d'isolation, l'inertie thermique, la densité. Les isolants à base de fibres animales (Laine de mouton, duvet de canard, ...) Ces isolants sont parmi les plus chers car ils ne résultent pas d'une filière qui peut produire intensivement. Les isolants synthétiques Les polyuréthanes (PUR, PIR, ...) Détails