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Edible Urban Agriculture

9293332_9e1a33b726Edible Cities is the title of a recently released report from a British group visiting US Cities for examples of Urban Agriculture. The report presents some interesting findings on the cultural differences between the UK and US models of urban farming…

Edible cities

  • A commercial element to many of the US projects, which is much less common in the UK;
  • A more liberal situation in the US than in the UK to encourage composting, but less willingness than in the UK to include animals in some urban agriculture projects;
  • Different approaches to fencing and public access to projects, which varied within the US, depending on context;
  • Imaginative and productive ways of growing without access to subsoil, either in raised beds on hard surfaces or, in one case, in hydroponics on a barge;
  • Inspiring use of an holistic and sustainable approach to fish farming in an urban area which produces marketable quantities of tilapia.

There’s a bit of a process involved with downloading the paper, and you are given an opportunity to donate to Sustain, but it is not an obligation of downloading the well presented 50 page pdf.

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Urban Farming is alive and well in many cities around the world – the practice is far from mainstream, but has the potential to radically change urban food habits.

What is the least distance that any item of food you eat has travelled from where it was grown/raised? Do you live in an urban area?

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.