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Growing at home for self-sufficiency: The data

May 8, 2012
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Growing at home for self-sufficiency: The data

One of the best things about growing your own food, despite living in the capital, is that feeling of self-sufficiency. With a branch of Tescos on every corner, it’s hardly surprising that most people live out of the shops rather than eat their own produce. But how self-sufficient is the country as a whole?...

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“The eggs are cracking” – why we should all have chickens in our back yards

May 8, 2012
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“The eggs are cracking” – why we should all have chickens in our back yards

Most people have probably considered growing a bit of cress or parsley on their window sills; maybe even a tomato plant. But how many people take urban farming to the next level – and introduce some hens? Apparently more people than you might think. Two keen home-farmers got in touch with us at Growing City via...

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Wannabe: The “schoolboy errors” of a newbie urban farmer

May 7, 2012
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Growing food at home can be a challenging task for the inexperienced gardener. Selecting appropriate plants, sowing seeds at the right time and keeping them in the best possible conditions can be tough tasks for the uninitiated. And with the fast-pace of modern life it’s all too easy to give up on a failing hobby. We...

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Vertical Farming: Mystery company investing in the futuristic concept

May 6, 2012
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Vertical Farming:  Mystery company investing in the futuristic concept

EXCLUSIVE Vertical farming has become one of the most talked about developments in urban agriculture. The term was first coined in in 1915 in Gilbert Ellis Baily’s book Vertical Farming: “Instead of spreading out over more land he concentrates on less land and becomes an intensive rather than an extensive agriculturist.” Today, the idea...

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Filmmakers release ‘Growing Cities’ movie trailer

May 6, 2012
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Filmmakers in the US have released the trailer for an exciting new documentary about urban farming. The film follows two people’s road trip across the States, meeting dozens of city growers. It examines the importance of urban farming – not just for the good food and benefits to the environment, but also the positive...

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Roof-top farming: North London urban farmers share their new growing patch

April 29, 2012
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Gardening enthusiasts in Kentish Town in London have shared with us an insight into their roof-top farming adventure. Medical students Fergus and Charlie have planted dozens of crops and flowers in pots on a large balcony. Their plant collection is only a few months old but already boasts a huge range of plants including...

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Urban farms are growing through the economic downturn

April 12, 2012
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Urban farms are growing through the economic downturn

As the national economy coughs and splutters and the eurozone goes into crisis, London’s city farms are managing to keep the money coming in. Financial accounts from the company information website Duedil show that income in some farms has actually been rising! Our friends at Hackney City Farm saw their income increase by more than...

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Urban gardening as a political movement: A potted history

April 10, 2012
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Urban gardening as a political movement: A potted history

What’s political about gardening? Getting your trowel out and planting some lettuce seeds may not be quite the same as running for parliament, signing a petition or voting in an election. But for decades many people have seen urban farming as a political force. And not a weak one by any means – in...

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Best of the Cress: Top ways to grow the country’s most popular herb

March 10, 2012
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Best of the Cress:  Top ways to grow the country’s most popular herb

How best to grow your cress? It’s a vexing question that’s plagued the greatest of minds. Here’s our top 5 “cress porn” photos: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 Got a better cress snap? We’d love to see your pics! You can get in touch here or via Twitter @thegrowingcity

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Top 10 exotic and unusual foods to grow at home

February 5, 2012
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Top 10 exotic and unusual foods to grow at home

Urban farming starts at home – and growing your own produce doesn’t just mean herbs and cress. Here’s our Top 10 tropical and unusual foods which you can grow in the comfort of your own bedroom! (Click the links to find out more about how to grow each plant.)   Bananas – The tropical...

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