Huerta enjoys the sunshine

Pictures from the new year at the Huerta over on – http://huertasheffield.wordpress.com/

The Huerta is a part of the Ediculture network and is an Organic city centre installation demonstration organic growing.

 

Leaves turned and halved in size

Main bed

Main bed – needs soil improvement

Pineapple Sage – This has grown really well and smells wonderfull!

Making leafmould – Seed sowing ingredient and soil improver

Parsley bed – Lush blanket of fresh parsley

Broad beans Sown in late October – Just earthed up a little

Garlic bed – harvested the Oca from the front and the garlic is starting to show

Pea bed – Winter peas sown in late October. Recently earth up and may need string very soon. Danger of frost damage in the future.

Rocket bed – The rocket is still doing really well and tastes fantastic. A few here and there have gone to flower which are also delicious

Walking tree onions establishing well at the front and some sweet peas at the back

Olive tree enjoying the warm weather so far

 

 

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NYC-15,000 Square Foot Urban Farm Goes Portable

Original article here:

Amidst the towering skyscrapers and busting New York City traffic is a mobile, 15,000 square foot urban farm, called Riverpark Farm. Born through ideas of sustainability and more portable approaches to urban farming, Riverpark Farms partnered with Alexandria Center for Life Science and Riverpark restaurant to create one of the largest urban farms in New York City. The unique farm is located on the future site of Alexandria Center’s west tower. With the downed economy, building on the site has been suspended, leaving the lot a perfect place to create an urban farm.

More than just being a beautiful addition to the city, it supplies fresh produce to the Riverpark restaurant. Growing over 100 different types of crops, the farm proves a greener and more sustainable method of supplying local companies with produce. And the best part is, when construction starts back up on the site, all of the gardening is done in stacked milk crates, so they can just be picked up and moved to a new location.”

How do you avoid air pollution from contaminating your crops? Or is that not even an issue?

Not really an issue. Any pollution in the air remains in the leaves, so the fruit (tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, etc.) is not affected. And for plants were we eat the leafs (greens, herbs, etc) the key is to harvest them young, usually no more than a couple of weeks so that pollutants don’t have a chance to build up. The number one source of pollution in urban farming comes from using polluted soil. We brought clean soil down from upstate New York so we didn’t have to worry about pollutant build up. Before starting the farm we consulted with scientists from Cornell, who thought that our set up was very safe. Plus, the way I see it, if you are concerned about what the air is doing to the plants, you might not want to be breathing the stuff….”

 

 

A really interesting article here about portable urban vegetable production.
Perhaps this model could be adapted for use in Sheffield?

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Ediculture network blog

We have added a little more information to the pages about the different sites, particularly the about page!

The Ediculture Network exists to show you a slice of modern self-sufficiency and a glimpse of the future of food production.         What if everybody does it?

It’s values are derived simply and directly from engagement in the growing process, which means it is relatively free from the distortions of the market and ‘funding’.

The unit of measurement of Ediculture is the Belly-full (daily, weekly or yearly).

The techniques employed are ubiquitous and therefore all-inclusive, meaning that anyone who wants to can participate.

The Network is a mutual support system, permitting a diverse range of growers to share and co-operate.

Being built around individual growers, the network can potentially extend exponentially – each participant can have their own network.

A previous incarnation of this same pattern was the original inspiration and model for Land Share (.com).

The range of sites – inner-city to urban green-belt – demonstrates the typical possibilities available to the vast majority of the population.

The world of Ediculture exists in the huge gap between big commercial farms, supplying supermarkets, and garden centres, which primarily serve the needs of ornamental growers.

*Welcome to the Ediculture Network!

Our blog is quite new and we are adding more content each week.

There are pages for each current Ediculture demonstration site with information and photos.
We will be archiving previous projects, information and how to grow our own sections and weekly blogs about the genral goings on.

Please contact us with any useful links, events, other blogs and anything else you may think is relevent to Edible Culture!

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Ediculture Network online!

The Ediculture network has made it online and we are trying to make everything as accessible as possible!

There are pages to view the Ediculture demonstration sites and find information about growing our own along with blog posts from each of the sites!

Help us spread the knowlege and skills to create a more diverse and edible culture 🙂

 

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