Waratah CLT Association is forming in Sydney, Australia, to develop a workable community land trust model to underpin a range of permanently affordable housing options, commercial activities and community enterprises in Australia. Community land trusts are innovative community-based organisations holding title to land and/or buildings to provide affordable housing and community development. Currently, CLTs exist mainly in the USA, where they have housed low-moderate income households and supported many different community and commercial spaces.
Village Homes is a seventy-acre subdivision located in the west part of Davis, California. It was designed to encourage both the development of a sense of community and the conservation of energy and natural resources. The principal designer was Mike Corbett. Construction on the neighborhood began in the fall of 1975, and construction continued from south to north through the 1980s, involving many different architects and contractors. The completed development includes 225 homes and 20 apartment units.
First Lady Michelle Obama and White House chef Sam Kass tell the story of the first garden on White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden during World War II. This new garden was planted in the Spring of 2009 with the help of local elementary school children and has yielded a constant supply fresh produce for the First Family and White House events.
Urban farming is a growth industry in New York city’s concrete jungle and with little open land free, agriculturalists and beekeepers have taken to the rooftops to pursue their passion.
Andrew Cote uses the emergency fire ladder to climb up to the roof of his East Village building, where he tends to 250 bee hives.
Cote, a professor of Japanese literature doubles up as president of the New York City Beekeepers Association, and is happy the city authorised beekeeping in mid-March after an 11-year ban.
‘The city wants to plant one million trees, and the trees need to be pollinated,’ Cote told AFP. Continue reading Rooftop farming booming in New York
WWOOF is a world wide network – It started in the UK in 1971and has since become an international movement that is helping people share more sustainable ways of living.
WWOOF is an exchange – In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.
WWOOF organisations link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help. Continue reading WWOOF: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms