Summary, Urban farming project, Middlesbrough

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Interim summary of participatory urban agriculture project, Middlesbrough, England. (ref. DB071)

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Summary, Urban farming project, Middlesbrough

  1. 1. Urban Farming Middlesbrough, 2007
  2. 8. The agenda: Middlesbrough <ul><li>57% of people live in most deprived areas of England </li></ul><ul><li>Low life expectancy </li></ul><ul><li>High incidence early death </li></ul><ul><li>Higher than regional average number of people feel “in poor health” </li></ul><ul><li>Lower % than national average eat ‘5-a-day’ </li></ul><ul><li>Under-achievement of local schools </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 50% of front gardens are more than three quarters paved </li></ul>
  3. 9. The bigger food picture <ul><li>Where does food come from? </li></ul><ul><li>How is it produced: by factories or farms? </li></ul><ul><li>“Healthiness is in the ingredients, not the system” </li></ul><ul><li>Food is love is deference </li></ul>
  4. 10. Ways forward <ul><li>Make people conscious of food systems </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easier to connect lived experience to the broader system </li></ul><ul><li>Create a positive sense of people’s food systems </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easier to absorb ideas of sustainability and environmental health </li></ul><ul><li>Help people change habits </li></ul><ul><li>Connect the urban with the rural </li></ul>
  5. 11. The DOTT Project <ul><li>‘Grow zones’ </li></ul><ul><li>Meal assembly centre </li></ul><ul><li>Town Meal </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity map </li></ul><ul><li>DOTT Festival </li></ul>
  6. 14. Large container <ul><li>1.85m(h), 2.40m (w), 6.1m (l) </li></ul><ul><li>33 tonnes soil & substrate per planter </li></ul><ul><li>25 packets seeds </li></ul><ul><li>50 seedlings </li></ul><ul><li>12 strawberry plants </li></ul><ul><li>9 rasberry plants </li></ul><ul><li>Implements </li></ul><ul><li>Canes </li></ul>
  7. 16. Medium container <ul><li>1m (d) x 1m (w) x 1m (l) </li></ul><ul><li>1 tonne soil & substrate </li></ul><ul><li>3 packets of seeds </li></ul><ul><li>6-10 plants </li></ul><ul><li>Implements </li></ul><ul><li>Canes </li></ul>
  8. 17. Small containers: windowboxes
  9. 18. We provide the containers, soil, seeds, seedlings, tools and expert ‘phone-a-friend support’
  10. 19. You provide the interest, enthusiasm, locations and people power
  11. 20. We sow in April and harvest through to the end of August….
  12. 21. <ul><li>16 primary & secondary schools </li></ul><ul><li>Linthorpe Road retailers </li></ul><ul><li>Sure Start & Fire Service </li></ul><ul><li>University of Teeside </li></ul><ul><li>Maltby Grange Farm </li></ul><ul><li>Allotment growers </li></ul><ul><li>Local farmers </li></ul>
  13. 22. There will be a series of cooking events in kitchens in the town, using fresh produce…
  14. 24. … .and a town barbie in September 07 in front of the new art gallery, featuring locally-produced meat
  15. 26. <ul><li>What opportunities are there in the town for growing food? </li></ul><ul><li>What impact could ‘urban agriculture’ have on Carbon Dioxide emissions? </li></ul><ul><li>On sustainable urban design? </li></ul><ul><li>And how can urban Middlesbrough connect with rural farmers? </li></ul>
  16. 27. We plan to commission a special strategic study….
  17. 29. … .then the project will be exhibited outside Baltic in Newcastle-Gateshead, October 2007, to an audience of over 12000 people….
  18. 30. Project Team <ul><li>David Barrie (Producer) </li></ul><ul><li>Zest Innovation (Service Design) </li></ul><ul><li>Debra Solomon (Food expert) </li></ul><ul><li>Middlesbrough Council </li></ul><ul><li>Groundwork South Tees </li></ul><ul><li>Middlesbrough PCT </li></ul><ul><li>Tees Valley Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Middlesbrough College </li></ul>
  19. 31. More at http://www.dott07.com/go/public-commissions/city-farming [email_address] Mobile: 0777 5945302

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