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Stream Farm: How Does Share Farming Work?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:55:43 +0000

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Over the months I’ve found out about a number of different ideas and models, but one of the most interesting is the Share Farming approach taken by a farm down in the Quantocks…

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This Urban Farm Rehabilitates People

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:05:26 +0000

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The urban farm is no longer a cloistered site of food production within the environs of the city, instead, it’s a fundamental part of the urban fabric.

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Abalimi Bezekhaya: Improving Food Security with Urban Agriculture

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:11:00 +0000

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Abalimi Bezekhaya is an organization focused on using urban agriculture to develop and improve food insecure communities in and around Cape Town, South Africa. Operating for more than 30 years, the organization has helped dozens of communities improve their health and lifestyles.

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Land as Insurance: Part 1, A Primer

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:56:54 +0000

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This is a three-part series based on an idea I recently had around the subjects of farming, black swans, and creating a product that can help insure against risk.

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Vietnam’s Low-tech Food System Takes Advantage of Decay

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:41:05 +0000

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Although food spoils much faster in a tropical climate, the Vietnamese will often store it without refrigeration, and instead take advantage of controlled decay. Vietnam’s decentralised food system has low energy inputs and reduced food waste, giving us a glimpse of what an alternative food system might look like.

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Why are UK Households Throwing Away More Food?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:22:21 +0000

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Public, media and corporate awareness of the need to tackle food waste appears to be higher than ever, but evidence suggests that despite this growing awareness, efforts to cut household food waste in the UK seem to have stalled.

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Sanctuary Restaurants Provide Support to Individuals Facing Hostility

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:16:59 +0000

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Numerous restaurants across the country have joined a Sanctuary Restaurants Movement to offer safe and tolerant spaces to restaurant workers, employers, and consumers that face hate and harassment in the restaurant industry.

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Oroville Emergency a Warning for U.S. Dam Safety

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:08:11 +0000

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The near-failure on Sunday evening of the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam and the ongoing emergency operations to contain flood waters in California’s second-largest reservoir and shore up its eroding outlet are a tale of caution for the nation’s aging dam fleet.

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Starting a Market Garden

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:18:55 +0000

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I promised a turn to more practical matters, and since the discussions under both my last two posts somehow managed to turn, as all discussions should, from global politics to market gardening, let’s have a think about the latter. Especially because I recently received a query from some start-up market gardeners asking some interesting questions about the business side of it, which struck me as good material to share in a blog post and hopefully elicit some other people’s responses.

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The Good Tenant

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:15:39 +0000

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To run a small diversified farm is to live within the wheel. It turns for the seasons, for the markets, for the climate. We have spent these many years planning, building, and repairing the infrastructure to support multiple endeavors, to make the farm resilient, to create and sustain a place where the absence of one species simply indicates another cycle, unremarked in the larger scheme.

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Community Fridge in Frome UK Reduces Food Waste, Feeds the Needy

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:31:53 +0000

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I was spurred on to start this project by the global epidemic of food waste — as much as 50% of all food grown worldwide gets wasted before and after it reaches the consumer. Most of the food waste in the UK is avoidable — it could have been eaten had it been better managed. The Community Fridge: Frome is a simple solution that is replicable across all communities, enabling anyone to share some of this surplus food while cutting costs and emissions.

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