Denise's Blog (14)

Watering Detroit's food desert

One of the feeding the city series of articles, this one focuses on Detroit. This is the city where journalist Jerry White reported last year that the once proud Motor City where working class living standards were accelerated now has more than 40,000 vacant lots, numerous abandoned neighbourhoods and three times the poverty rate of the average American city. It's also the… Continue

Added by Denise on October 20, 2010 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Feeding the city series of articles...

This is a series of articles that profiles farmers, businesse owners and workers and agtivists who are reinventing urban food systems as this picture of Brooklyn's Eagle Street rooftop farm shows.

The series explores the many alternative food systems taking root in major cities around the US, with profiles of…

Added by Denise on October 20, 2010 at 1:22pm — 2 Comments

I've been thinking...there are a lot of us on ooooby now which means we must have some buying power....

I imagine that many of us aim for similar things. Say water harvesting

and recycling for example. I would like to harvest some of this rain we

are having here in Auckland for my summer watering and I really like

this range of corrugated iron tanks from Tanks Alot.

They have plastic ones too and are slim enough for those of use living on smaller sites.

I also really like the idea… Continue

Added by Denise on August 7, 2010 at 11:17am — 12 Comments

Green roof on a garden studio in England

while its not veges, it could be!!

Completed in April, 2004, the 5m x 4m Garden Studio is cut into a 1 in 3 hillside, self-built in autumn 2003/spring 2004, entirely in timber and entirely suspended (walls and… Continue

Added by Denise on June 23, 2010 at 11:06am — 1 Comment

grants available in London to grow your own...

The Capital Growth campaign wants to help Londoners transform the capital by creating 2,012 new food growing spaces by the end of 2012.

Capital Growth offers practical advice and support to communities around London, and helps people get access to land to create successful food growing spaces. One of the supports on offer is money:…


Added by Denise on March 12, 2010 at 9:04am — 3 Comments

growing food in cities: Food Climate Research Group looks at global warming potential of allotments in comparison to commercially grown food

This article is directly from their website

Current interview

Calculating the global warming potential potential of allotment produce

FCRN interviews Claire Carter

About the project

This project is investigating the global warming potential (GWP) of produce grown on an allotment. I will attempt to find a suitable comparative

figure to represent the UK commercial horticultural sector. This…


Added by Denise on March 12, 2010 at 8:45am — 1 Comment and city riparian project

Thought ooooby-ites might be interested in this site ( and organisation:

City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human…


Added by Denise on March 11, 2010 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Owairaka community gardens - uprooted by Auckland City Council because of lack of funds ($700/year)

owairaka park.pdf

This article (see pdf above because I cant seem to paste it in here)… Continue

Added by Denise on March 8, 2010 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

food documentaries

Just thought these might be interesting to some members. They are available from Amazon (I don't get a cut or anything if you buy them!). There might be a way of purchasing them collectively even?…


Added by Denise on February 25, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Another interesting series of articles - climate change focused but related to food...

Lancet series on public health impacts of climate change mitigation policies

The medical journal, The Lancet, has published a special issue which looks at the health impacts of climate change mitigation policies in four areas: agriculture; transport; the built environment; and electricity generation. Just to clarify – the question the series papers seek to address is not ‘what would the health impacts be if greenhouse gas emissions were reduced in general?’ BUT on ‘what health… Continue

Added by Denise on November 27, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Beyond factory farming - another report

Beyond factory farming: Sustainable solutions for animals, people and the planet.

A Report by Compassion in World Farming, UK, 2009

Compassion in World Farming recommends that the following approaches adopted in developed countries would enable us to create a sustainable, fair and humane animal production system by… Continue

Added by Denise on November 17, 2009 at 7:35pm — 2 Comments

new report: eating without trashing the planet...

On 11 November, Compassion in World Farming and Friends of the Earth jointly published a 20 page report called: Eating the planet? How we can feed the world without trashing it. This report is based on detailed research commissioned by the two organisations and undertaken by the Institute of Social Ecology in Austria and the Potsdam Institute for… Continue

Added by Denise on November 17, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Climate Friendly foods - UK project

This is the latest interview from the UK-based Food Climate Research Network, and makes for interesting reading. Looks so much better on the webpage - maybe Pete can somehow directly link to it, I have no idea how to do that. Nonetheless, here is the text:

Climate Friendly Food is a small Community Interest Company based in the beautiful countryside of Devon, the Scilly Isles and Lancashire. We are creating what we believe to be the UK's most comprehensive carbon calculator which is… Continue

Added by Denise on October 15, 2009 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

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