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Reclaiming the Land

Austerity measures mean people are looking to growing their own food, but where, when all the allotments have waiting lists? Landshare is matching gardeners with landowners who are willing to share their spare land. It aims to turn fallow land into productive vegetable gardens. An online map will help prospective share croppers find empty plots. Bright Neighbour, a scheme in Portland, Oregon, that uses “community involvement and social tools helps local governments increase livability, sustainability, and relocalization” has been popular with residents.

Need to Know: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is promoting the Landshare scheme on Ch 4’s  River Cottage.

Springwise has a number of related trends: Boosting suburban farmsHomegrown vegetables, no green thumb neededMore homegrown veggies without the sweat.)

Newsweek reported on a new craze for urban chicken farming.

TV Mole is saving up for an Eglu.