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March 1, 2009

Uncovering the Plot: Investigating Urban Agriculture in Dublin

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The map above shows the location of allotment sites in the Dublin area. See interactive map here.

By Michael Cullen
September 2008

A thesis submitted to the Dublin Institute of Technology in part fulfilment of the requirements for the award of M.Sc. in Culinary Innovation and Food Product Development

Abstract
This study investigates Urban Agriculture (UA) in Dublin. This concept encompasses those who are engaged in growing their own in an urban environment. The study investigates why there has been a rise in UA over the past 15 years with the focus of the study being on allotments, a historical form of UA.

The objectives of the study include investigating the concept of urban agriculture, to examine the history of allotments in Dublin, to aid an understanding of modern UA in Dublin. The study focuses on the motivations of the allotment holders as well as uncovering the types and varieties of food being produced on their allotments.

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February 21, 2009   No Comments

One day she gets herself an allotment. Now she has dropped the Prozac.

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See larger image here.

British Waterways plans to grow more food alongside canals

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An artist’s impression of a canal boat being used to grow food. Photograph: British Waterways.

Feb 19, 2009
BYM News

British Waterways’ Chairman, Tony Hales said: ‘British Waterways is very excited to be part of the Capital Growth project. The 100-miles of canals and rivers we care for in London provide a green corridor through the city, offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of the streets.  We are working with Capital Growth to identify any suitable pockets of land along London’s waterways that we or others might not be using, and matching them up with local groups and schools looking to grow their own food. 

‘We are also looking into more creative options, such as giving a new lease of life to some of our retired workboats, saving them from the breaker’s yard and converting them into floating vegetable gardens, moveable feasts that could provide growing opportunities in even the most built-up of areas.

Today’s harvest – Parsnips – taken from the ground on February 19

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A sunny, West Coast winter day in Vancouver – – Sharon dug up parsnips from our garden beds and we’ll have them for dinner tonight. Just a month ago the garden was buried in snow. But today, in mid-February, we found food for supper. These parsnips were planted last spring.

See the Compost Demonstration Garden today on the webcam here.

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