Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture

Ideas and Designs for the New Food Revolution

Book - 2011
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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 inand 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 balcony growing Edible landscaping Farming the commons Community gardening, from allotments to 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 by working examples and expert interviews to get growing.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 foodrevolution.

Publisher: Gabriola, B.C. New Society Publishers, 2011
ISBN: 9780865716940
Branch Call Number: 635 TRA 2011 22
Characteristics: x, 245 p. : ill. (some col.)


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May 31, 2012

You can't talk for long about seeds with a farmer, especially one as committed as Steves, before you get into the bigger picture. Steves said the backstory behind the yellow mangel touches on the global seed industry. p146

May 31, 2012

according to the FAO, meat is responsible for 18 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than for all transportation combined, including cars and planes. So your choice of meal on the flight may be more significant than the fact of flying. p.17

May 31, 2012

Reversing a long-time trend, garden centers are now selling more vegetable seeds than flower seeds. p25


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Apr 23, 2013

A perfect book for anyone interested in the basics of growing food in a urban setting. I really enjoyed how easy it was to read and it was nice that the author was more or less local (Vancouver). I learnt a lot (Did you know there was a Community Orchard in Richmond? jeeze) and I highly recommend if anyone is looking to read more about the subject.

May 31, 2012

This is an outstanding book, loaded with infectious optimism, great ideas from sprouting and mushroom growing, to growing vegetables on a balcony or even in bottles. The stories of real people making real contributions to urban agriculture are very encouraging. An excellent discussion of whether organic methods can feed the world starts on p.288. (The only drawback is that he did not mention how convenient it is to grow mushrooms from pre-prepared kits. This is so much easier for the layperson, and can offer great harvests and entertainment for the family as you watch the mushrooms grow and enjoy the harvest.) I loved the sprout anecdote, where the student/sprout entrepreneur discusses his costs and business delivery method. I highly recommend this book, which is easy to read and has a nice number of illustrations. Request this book today!

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