Hollanda’da, yeni teknolojilerin toplum ve kültür ile etkileşimi üzerine bir araştırma laboratuvarı olan Mediamatic, PORT IZMIR 3 Tanıtım Günleri kapsamında geçtiğimiz hafta İzmir’deydi. İki gün süren “Miniponics” isimli atölyede, Mediamatic ekibi katılımcılar ile birlikte pet şişe, halat ve bambudan oluşan akuaponik bir sistem tasarladı. Balık ve sebze ekimini birleştiren sürdürülebilir gıda üretim sistemi olan akuaponik, bitkisel besinler içine balık atıkları dönüştürmek için doğal bakteri döngüsü kullanan bir kapalı dikey sistemdir. Ofisler, evler ve hatta dar balkonlar için uygun olan miniponic enstalasyonları, küçük ölçekte başarılı bir kentsel tarım uygulaması olarak görülebilir. Geleneksel tarım uygulamalarının aksine, miniponic sistemler, su harcamıyor, gübreye ihtiyaç duymuyor ve dikey tasarımı sayesinde çok az yer kaplıyor.
Mediamatic, a Dutch research lab concerned with the influence of new technologies on society and culture, visited Izmir last week in the context of PORT IZMIR 3 Triennial. Presenting a two day workshop on “Miniponics”, Mediamatics introduced an aquaponic installation consisting of little more than a PET bottle, rope and some bamboo. Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines the cultivation of fish and vegetables. It is a closed vertical system that utilizes natural bacteria cycles to convert fish waste into vegetable nutrients. Suitable for offices, for living rooms and for the narrow balconies, miniponic installations are likely to be the best way to produce food in the city. Unlike traditional agriculture, miniponics wastes no water, doesn’t need any fertilizer and its vertical design takes up very little space.
Check out this nifty little Aquaponics set up
this is a new one, looking great!
A lack of water in the desert is making Egyptian farmers turn to ancient agricultural techniques to bring dead land to life.
Faris Farrag, a well-known Egyptian banker, is leading an Aquaponics project aimed at turning the Egyptian desert green. Farrag, who himself owns a farm in Cairo and is said to be fond of growing plants, told Al-Jazeera ‘As the price of water soars, as the price of petrol soars, and when the subsidies on farming disappear, this model makes sense.’
Aquaponics is an ancient irrigation technique which is believed to have been invented by the Aztecs which combines the commonly used aquaculture and hydroponic agricultural systems. Having studied the subject in the University of the Virgin Islands under Dr. James Rakocy, Farrag plans to introduce this technique to Egypt. The system has already been implemented in Yemen, Bangladesh and the UAE.
Dr. Ashraf Ghanem, who is a professor of water engineering at Cairo University, supported the project saying, ‘Could serve as a means of income generation for unemployed women, as well as a means of education for children of the household on principles of water saving, plant and fish biology, nutrient cycle, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, microbiology and renewable energies.’
At present Egypt is heavily dependent on the River Nile for its water, 85% of which goes to farming. However, Ethiopian plans to place a damn on the Blue Nile threatens to reroute the great river, which would be disastrous for Egypt.
Ferments, pickles, jellies and jams.
Been busy over the last couple of months preserving some of the garden produce and wild foraged berries. Sauerkraut, pickled beets, courgettes and elderberry jelly and soup!
“Planting a vegetable garden beside a road is no longer a fineable action in Los Angeles.
In a major victory for TED speaker Ron Finley, otherwise known as the renegade gardener of South Central, the Los Angeles City Council voted 15-0 on Tuesday to allow the planting of vegetable gardens in unused strips of city land by roads. The council is opting to waive the enforcement of a city law that requires sidewalks and curbs to be “free of obstruction” in the case of vegetable gardens designed for community use. The city will stop enforcing this law immediately.
On the TED2013 stage, Finley described getting a citation for planting a vegetable garden on his curb.
“I live in a food desert, South Central Los Angeles, home of the drive-thru and the drive-by,” he said. “So what I did, I planted a food forest in front of my house. It was on a strip of land called a parkway. It’s 150 feet by 10 feet. Thing is, it’s owned by the city. And somebody complained. The city came down on me, and basically gave me a citation saying that I had to remove my garden, and the citation was turning into a warrant. And I’m like ‘Come on, really? A warrant for planting food on a piece of land that you could care less about?’”
After getting the citation, Finley circulated a petition. And the number of signatures he collected made an impact on Council President Herb Wesson. Last week, after two more urban gardeners were issued citations, Wesson raised the motion to amend the ”Residential Parkway Landscaping Guidelines” and stop fining for vegetable gardens. Many of his fellow council members agreed. As councilman Mike Bonin put it to the Los Angeles Daily News, “We deal with a lot of big issues, but this is one that helps shape community character.”
Finley himself was very happy with the change, and that he got a personal shout-out during the council session. ”I was pretty elated. It’s beautiful,” he tells the TED Blog. “It goes to show that one person can make a difference.”
His next battle: pushing for more vacant lots to be turned into community vegetable gardens, so people can learn the self-sufficiency of growing their own food. “It shouldn’t be abnormal,” says Finley.
This cat is a REVOLUTIONARY get to it LA!