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Vegetables, fruit, edible flowers, but also bees in cities Urban farming
Gardening & Agriculture Gardening & Agriculture Vegetables

Urban Farming, city farming, vertical farming.

All names for this trend, which seems to take a lot of steps in several world cities. The cultivation of vegetables, fruit, edible flowers, but also the keeping of bees in the city. And we are not talking about that private garden on your roof terrace, but about edible green on a large scale. This can be done in rooms where there is no daylight, but it can also be on walls, roofs, vacant lot or even on boats. In this way you bring fresh food, in a shorter chain, with a smaller ecological footprint, to the residents of the city. And that is badly needed, because more than half of the world's population lives in the city and the United Nations predicts that by 2050 this will have risen to 66 percent.

New York

This Friday, the floating food garden Swale will be mooring in New York. This barge with vegetables, fruit and edible flowers is located throughout the summer at various locations in Brooklyn and the Bronx. The inventor of this project is artist Mary Mattingly. She observed two years ago that all food in New York came from outside the city. As a result, it was not only less fresh, but also caused pollution by the transport and packaging that was needed. Moreover, it was not as easy to buy fresh fruit and vegetables everywhere in New York at an affordable price. That is why residents of the city can come to pick and taste for free on this boat and they can take home what they need.


Paris came this month with the message that the municipality wants to change a third of the green space into urban agriculture. Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who was elected in 2014, stated that she wanted to make the French capital a greener city. The goal is to cover 100 hectares of roofs and walls with fruit and vegetables by 2020. There are already more than 70 companies that would like to participate in this project. But urban farming started earlier in Paris: in 2014 La REcyclerie already built a huge urban farm around a café that is located in a converted train station.
kitchen, chairs, tables, plants La Recyclerie

The 100-hectare project spread throughout Paris sounds modest when you look at the initiative of the American landscape architects Sasaki Associates. They want to realize one city farm with the same surface area in the Chinese city of Shanghai with the aim of a sustainable food network. On this farm several crops are grown in layers above each other. In addition, fish are also bred. By using aquaponics, the water in which the fish swim can be used as food for the plants. With this project, the architects expect to be able to meet the growing demand for sustainable and locally produced meals in Shanghai.
Drawing, plants, glass, people urban farming

The Swedish Plantagon (not to be confused with the Pantagon) designs office buildings where one half of the building consists of offices and the other half of a gigantic inner farm. The building must therefore be called the World Food Building. The building in the Swedish city Linköping should be completed by 2020. Then fruit and vegetables are grown using the hydryponic method, so that not a huge amount of land is needed to be successful. The inner farm is located on the south side of the building and has a huge glass facade to let in as much light as possible.

the Hague

This month The New Farm opens its doors in The Hague with six floors and a roof full of urban agriculture. In 2016, Urban Farmers opened the doors on the roof of the former Philips building. They built here Europe's largest commercial aquaponic roof farm where urban vegetables and fish are grown. The manure from the fish is used again for the cultivation of the plants. Apparently, the trend of urban agriculture can not be stopped here either, because now - two years later - not only is the roof devoted to urban farming, but the whole building has newcomers such as Haagse Zwam and Rebel Urban Farms.
greenhouse, builsing, glass, blue sky
By Wyke Potjer