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Mario Schjetnan Dissects the Deeper Meaning of Place

February 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Place and meaning in Mexico

Pioneering Mexican landscape architect, architect, and urban designer Mario Schjetnan, FASLA, who recently spoke at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is recognized for his built works that are fueled by a deep concern for the cities of his native Mexico.[read more]

Neighborhood Alliance Plans to Convert Vacant Lot into Urban Farm, Housing Complex

February 26, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Food and Housing Redevelopment

The Hilltop Alliance, a nonprofit, is working on a project that could drastically advance urban agriculture in the state. The organization wants to turn a vacant 107-acre lot into Hilltop Village Farm, a multi-use development that would include 120 townhomes, a 20-acre urban farm incubator, a youth farm and CSA.[read more]

Food Ecosystem: Greening up our Plates

February 24, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Ecosystem, Food, and Diet

Every calorie of food we grow, harvest, ship, process, package, chill, cook, eat and throw away uses up resources from the environment: the soil and its nutrients, water, fertiliser, fuel, and so on. It also impacts on the environment by using its waste-absorbing systems.[read more]

Southern California Farmer Strives to Build Community and Food Sovereignty

February 24, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Community and Food Independence

Panther Ridge Farm is a four-year-old, first-generation family farm in the foothills of Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains. Founded by farmer and community organizer Hop Hopkins and his wife, Adalila Zelada-Garcia, the farm is focused on sustainable organic (non-certified) agriculture.[read more]

The Future of Public Space Analytics

February 23, 2015 by Brian Phelps

Public Space Analysis Innovation

Public space is an essential component of any great city. It brings people together to socialize, recreate, and work. It attracts people to the city, builds relationships, and spurs innovation and new ideas that fuel a city’s economic growth. How do we optimize the investments made in these spaces?[read more]

The Nature of Holy Cities

February 23, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Holy Cities and Green Spaces

While it is undoubtedly true that thousands of cities around the world share a wide spectrum of common denominators, from garbage to biodiversity, it is perhaps important to examine common urban denominators that are not universal, but are shared by a significant number of cities around the world.[read more]

Riverside City Councilmember MacArthur Channels Citrus Background into Enthusiasm for Local Food

February 22, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Issues and Local Food

Riverside City, California Councilmember Chris MacArthur not only has a background in citrus farming, but he has channeled his enthusiasm for local agriculture into being a founder of Grow Riverside and promoting the Grow Riverside conference.[read more]

Food Waste: From City to Fork

February 22, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cities and Food Waste

The final leg of theWestern Cape Government’s 100% Green’s Food Forward Tour took participants around facilities in the Cape Town metropolitan. On this last tour, retail and hospitality came to the fore, with visits to Cape Town International Convention Centre, FNB Portside and Cape Town Market.[read more]

The Life of a Local Forager: Dwight Detter on How Products Get into Whole Foods' Shelves

February 21, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Whole and Local Foods

Dwight Detter is a food forager. But he’s not spending his days gathering in the forest. He’s sourcing local producers for Whole Foods Market in southern California. Detter shares his region with two other Local Foragers; together they help select the products and the producers for 40 Whole Foods stores.[read more]

What Is a Wasteland?

February 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Waste and the Urban Landscape

According to Mariana Mogilevich and Curt Gambetta, Princeton University Mellon Initiative, “the production of waste and the production of space go hand in hand.” As landscape architects, architects, and urban designers remake our cities, waste is created too. Moving this waste shapes our urban landscape.[read more]

A Community-Based Financing Model for Local Food: Maine Harvest Credit Project

February 20, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Maine Harvest Credit Project

A new venture in Maine seeks to provide financing to local farmers and food producers by establishing a credit union focused on Maine’s local food economy. The Maine Harvest Credit Project is the brainchild of Sam May and Scott Budde, Mainers with backgrounds in finance and the local food movement.[read more]

Entrepreneur Puts the "We" in Food Retail, Encourages Collaboration in Local Urban Food Production

February 19, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food and Community Participation

“For every new microbrewery opening up in your city, there are thousands of home brewers with dreams of selling their beers to you as well, whose dreams go unfulfilled. The same goes for home bakers or urban foragers. Food is hot, and people want to experience real foods, made by real people, near them.”[read more]