Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs for the New Food Revolution

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You don't have to journey to a rural paradise to find the farm of the future. It's your neighbor’s suburban lawn, the roof of your uptown condominium, or the co-op market garden in the vacant lot down the street. Urban Agriculture is a detailed look at how food is taking root in our cities. It offers inspirational advice and working examples to help you dig in and become more self-sufficient with your own food choices.

Taking the local food movement to its next logical step, ...

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Overview

You don't have to journey to a rural paradise to find the farm of the future. It's your neighbor’s suburban lawn, the roof of your uptown condominium, or the co-op market garden in the vacant lot down the street. Urban Agriculture is a detailed look at how food is taking root in our cities. It offers inspirational advice and working examples to help you dig in and become more self-sufficient with your own food choices.

Taking the local food movement to its next logical step, this fully illustrated, design-rich guide presents a cornucopia of proven ideas for:

  • Windowsill and container growing
  • Edible landscaping
  • Farming the commons
  • Community gardening from allotments to collectives and community orchards
  • Taking urban agriculture to the next level with creative spaces, bigger lots, and higher yields

Urban Agriculture is about shaping a new food system that values people and the planet above profits. First-time farmers and green thumbs alike will be inspired to get growing by working examples and expert interviews. Proving that the city of the future will be green and tasty, this book is packed with edible solutions for anyone keen to join the new food revolution.

David Tracey is a journalist, environmental designer, and the author of Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto. The director of EcoUrbanist in Vancouver, he is an advocate for all those reclaiming our right to great food through urban agriculture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865716940
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 245
  • Sales rank: 989,038
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


David Tracey is a journalist and environmental designer who operates EcoUrbanist in Vancouver. A certified arborist specializing in organic fruit trees and edible landscapes, he is also the Executive Director of Tree City Canada, a non-profit ecological engagement group. David is the author of Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto, and an advocate for all those reclaiming our right to great food through urban agriculture.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Local man lost 5

City on a thrill 6

Reading plan 8

The usual disclaimers 10

1 Home Sweet Farm: Kitchen Gardens in the Kitchen 13

Why you should be worried 15

Why you shouldn't be worried 19

Bean there, grown that 20

In other words 21

One size fits one only 22

Hot food 25

You're in 26

Making the grade 27

Will it pay? 29

Sprout up 30

Name that green 32

No, you taste it 33

Rinse and repeat 34

Sprout farmer-Chris Thoreau 35

Space invaders 40

2 Condo Acres: Container Farming for Confined Spaces 43

How to plant a seed 44

Space case 45

Here comes the sun 46

Water, water, everywhere 49

Feed your head of cabbage 50

Media frenzy 51

Pots a plenty 53

Message in a bottle 53

Potted herbs 55

Potted vegetables 56

Potted fruit 56

Potted flowers 57

Just watch me 57

Bag one 57

Aquaponics 59

School of fish 61

3 Edible Estates: Adding Food to Home Garden Design 67

Beauty and the bean 68

Edible landscaping 68

Site lines 69

Start small 70

Raise your game 72

Simple box 73

Uber-box 74

The big organic 76

Lively up yourself 77

Old school organics 77

Soil 101 80

Rock on 80

Something's rotten 81

Keep the grass off 82

Five steps to sheet mulching 83

Plant the menu 83

Mushroom among us 84

Daily special 86

Rows or blocks? 87

Weed creeps 88

Water well 89

Rainwater harvesting 89

Root of the matter 90

Class worms 91

Wriggling reds 92

Global grower 94

Five ways to practice Earth-friendly farming 94

4 The Way Back: From Backyard to Cropland 97

What to grow? 99

Design matters 100

Don't ask, don't till 100

Ten characteristics of good design 101

Paths 103

Borders and fences 104

Ins and outs 105

Benches and sheds 105

Design flexibility 106

Hoop house how-to 106

Two-block diet 107

Borrowed land farmer Arzeena Hamir 109

Is it paydirt? 113

Natural pest appeasement 113

Integrated pest massacre 114

Squeeze play 115

Bio-weapons 116

Chemical friends 116

Slug fest 116

Blasted aphids 117

Bug farmer Maria Keating 117

Tool talk Bob Denman 118

How to dig a hole 119

Six tools to get started 120

Chicken city 123

You can too 126

5 The Popular Front: Plant your Food Flag 129

Clean up your act 130

Eight alarming facts about lawns 131

Community supported agriculture 131

CSA farmer-Cam Macdonald 132

Winter farming 133

Save our seeds 136

Dirty talk 138

Know the land 139

Lead out 140

Get a lift 140

Air pollution 141

Mean streets 142

Home farmer: linsoo Park 143

Political farmer Harold Steves 144

Bee farmer Asafe Kebedde 149

6 Go Public: Eat Your City 151

Wild food farmer Yona Sipos 151

Cover crops 156

Downtown farmer Doris Chow 158

Go garlic 161

School farms 161

Teacher farmer Brent Mansfield 162

Up on the roof 165

7 Return of the Commons: Growing Community 171

Growing community 172

What is a community garden? 173

And one for all 174

Farm friendly 174

How to start a community garden 176

Better together 179

City politics, farm politics 181

8 Speak for the Trees: Up with Public Orchards 187

TreePeople 188

Tree City 189

How to plant a tree 190

Big fig 192

Fruit for all 193

Community orchards 195

Whose fruit? 196

Glean this 198

Shrub love 199

9 New Urban Farms: Big-ish is Better-ish 201

Land matters 202

You're so special 205

New family, new family farm 205

Super non-store 206

Pocket markets 208

Guerrilla farms 209

Farm entrepreneurs 209

Find a niche 210

People farmer Will Allen 211

Co-op farmer David Catzel 215

Cuban model 219

10 City Food of the Future: Whiz-bang or WTF? 227

Can organic feed the world? 228

No farmer, no farm 230

The future now 232

Notes 235

Index 239

About the Author 245

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