From Grey to Green: Europe’s largest Sky Garden opens to the Public

An exciting project is developing in Berlin right now. In the middle of the densely populated German capital a group of volunteers are building Europe’s largest community roof garden on a parking deck. The 12.000 m² surface has not been used since 2003. 22 meters above ground level vegetables, fruits and herbs will be growing in the near future on euro pallets, in carton boxes and in rice bags.

Everybody can join in; there will be community beddings which can be cared for by groups of people and other lots which can be rent. The main idea behind the Himmelsbeet (Sky garden), as it is called, is that people are being brought together through working with natural resources and that city dwellers learn how to  produce own food from regional grounds. Schools and kindergardens can go there to teach the children about planting and growing, there will be workshops about gardening and even a café on the rooftop. The demand is high for such a project, there are already waiting lists for the beddings.

The project is depending on donations, the organization is non-profit based and needs support. The company Neudorff is donating soil and other materials.

The roof garden will be open for the public in May and the initiators are more than excited about. this europewide unprecedented gardening project ; if it were successful it could be a great example for other cities worldwide. 

Further Information:  Himmelsbeet / Neudorff

Creating the Greenest City: Vancouver 2020 Action Plan

We all want to live in a city that is vibrant, affordable, and sustainable. We value the beauty of our natural setting, and rely on the prosperity that has been created from our abundant natural resources.

The Greenest City 2020 Action Plan (GCAP) for Vancouver builds on the 2009 work of Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Greenest City Action Team. This group of local experts researched best practices from leading green cities around the world, and established the goals and targets that would make Vancouver the world’s Greenest City.

During the development of the GCAP, many people gave their time and ideas. More than 35,000 people from around the world participated in the process online, through social media, and in face-to-face workshops or events. More than 9,500 people, most of whom lived in Vancouver, actively added their ideas, insights, and feedback to help determine the best path to achieve this plan.

The race to become the Greenest City in the world is both a friendly and fierce competition. It’s friendly because when one city succeeds, we all benefit from the shared knowledge and improved health of our planet, as well as the new opportunities that emerge in the green economy. The race is a fierce one because the stakes are so high. In fact, the kind of change needed for all of us to thrive in healthy and prosperous communities requires a world full of Greenest Cities.

For further information: vancouver.ca/greenestcity

 

World’s Largest Rooftop Farm Planned for Brooklyn Making New York the Model for Urban Agriculture

A multi-acre farm will be built on 100,000 square feet of rooftop space in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park—making it the largest rooftop farm in the world.

The state-of-the-art, hydroponic greenhouse is being built by BrightFarms, Inc. in partnership with Salmar Properties LLC. The farm will grow up to 1 million pounds of local produce per year, including tomatoes, lettuces and herbs, which will cultivate a new national model for urban agriculture.

The rooftop farm will be built on Federal Building #2, renamed Liberty View Industrial Plaza, an 8-story 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse building. Salmar Properties’ redevelopment of the building, coupled with BrightFarms’ visionary rooftop design, is part of the Bloomberg administration’s plan to revitalize Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront.

The rooftop farm will both help revitalize the building and revolutionize local produce. It will grow enough crops to meet the fresh vegetable consumption needs of up to 5,000 New Yorkers, create jobs, and prevent as much as 1.8 million gallons of storm water from going into local waterways. By eliminating the length and complexity of the produce supply chain, this farm will grow produce that is fresher, tastier, and more sustainable than produce shipped across the country.

“The partnership between BrightFarms and Salmar Properties to build the world’s largest rooftop farm is an exciting new model for sustainable, urban agriculture,” says New York City Council Speaker, Christine C. Quinn. “The farm will contribute meaningfully to the mission of FoodWorks, my vision to improve NYC’s food system by dramatically increasing local food production while positively affecting public health, the economy, and the environment.”

For further information: brightfarms.com

 

Trends from Brooklyn NYC Garden Centre “Sprout Home”

Interview with gardener Ben Sinclair from “Sprout Home” in Brooklyn NYC. Talking about local gardening- and urban gardening trends and innovations of the Big Apple for spring 2012.

Outstanding and coming up at the point of sale this year spring: wooden containers, in house seeding, backyard garden or roof top eco systems with bat boxes and bat guano from “Dr. Earth”, fungus like “Grow Your Own Mushroom Garden” from Oakland based award winning company “Back To The Roots” and mason bee kits from “Crown bees”.

New trends from Brooklyn NYC Garden Centre “Rose, Red & Lavender”

Sustainability gardening trends from environmentally influenced garden centre “Rose, Red & Lavender” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NYC. Interview with owner Kimberly Sevilla talking about the trends for spring 2012, specialities in urban gardening like her own fruit stocks, locally grown seeds, coconut based products, popular in demand Mint, peat free ORGANIC MECHANICS® Premium Blend Potting Soil, seeds and her own point of sale philosophy.

Kimberly worked as a research scientist with the Department of Agriculture and has studied gardening techniques worldwide. She and her staff have carefully selected plants that will thrive in urban gardens and in your homes.

 Further information: roseredandlavender.com