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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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Q&A with vegetable gardener Francis Smith

May 7, 2012
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Francis Smith was born just after his parents founded Veggies in 1984. They ran the vegan catering service straight out of the family kitchen throughout his childhood – it’s still thriving today – so he really knows healthy, sustainable food. One aspect of the business is its long-time association with environment-lovers’ haven Glastonbury. Francis has...

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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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The (city) kitchen garden

May 3, 2012
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It’s the rainiest April in a century and we are down in the dirt at a suburban version of the traditional English kitchen garden. Expect berries, greens and beans galore in a celebration of all the finest native foods.     Anna and Maz Williams’s Richmond garden is a treasure. They’ve given over their...

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Transforming food and farming through community-led growing

May 3, 2012
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Transforming food and farming through community-led growing

An absolute gem of the urban growing community is without doubt: Growing Communities. This set-up is a community-led organisation based in Hackney which is providing a real alternative to the current damaging food system. But what exactly are they doing for the urban growing community and how can you get involved? Growing City had...

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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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