Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Here's another paper posted by Eva Pils (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Waste No Land: Property, Dignity, and Growth in Urbanizing China. The abstract:
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
On the 14th I was disappointed that I couldn't think of any holiday-themed items to blog about for Valentine's Day. But a Minnesota farmer has come to my rescue with seven loads of manure. From KIMT.com, Local Farmer Makes Manure Valentine:
Bruce Andersland raises cattle and farms near Albert Lea Minnesota, and this Valentine's Day, he's saying "I Love You" to his wife Beth of nearly forty years, in a unique way. . . .
He used his machinery to draw this arrow pirced heart on their farm land, with manure. . . .
After seven loads of fertilizer he let his wife beth in on his big Valentine's wish.
Beth said, "I've had flowers, jewelery, and chocolate, this was something from the heart and imagination and he's very creative and very thoughtful so this was something special."
Bruce said he thought up the idea one day when he noticed just how well the dark manure showed up on the white snow. . . .
It's about a half a mile wide and in order to see the whole thing you need a plane.
So, they hired a pilot to take aerial shots of the Bruce's creation.
Click the link above for an aerial photo of the giant manure heart. The fun isn't over yet, either:
Bruce said, "now next year we're gonna see if the corn grows a little better in the shape of a heart."
Thanks to John McKinney for the pointer. Now if only someone would send me a good land use story for Mardi Gras or Ash Wednesday!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Special Topic Call: Best Practices in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Development.
JAFSCD welcomes research or policy briefs, and case studies (up to 2,500 words) and full articles (up to 8,500 words) on best community-development practices related to:
- Urban livestock management and regulation
- Urban market gardening and backyard gardening
- Marketing and value-adding
- Waste management and reuse
- Urban farming by immigrant or other special populations
- Farming on the fringeDeadline: June 5, 2010(The deadline may be extended with permission of the publisher.)Briefs, case studies, and articles should focus on illustrative programs or projects, survey results, literature reviews, and public policy that are related to — but not limited to — land-use planning and regulation, health ordinances or their implementation, training and educational programs, marketing systems or value chains, partnership development, systems approaches, issues of scale, and farm-neighbor relations. We are particularly interested in holistic approaches that combine community and economic development with environmental protection.More background on this topic is at www.AgDevJournal.com.