New light-filled learning center celebrates the food history in one of Denmarks oldest towns

August 3, 2017 by  
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Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter just won a competition to design a new cultural center for one of the oldest settlements in Denmark . The winning proposal, called Kornets Hus (“Grain House”), will be an activity-based learning center in Hjørring focused on the importance of grain to Jutland—a region believed to have been populated 10,000 years ago. Kornets Hus will be of a minimalist and modern design built largely from brick and timber that takes inspiration from the region’s diverse landscapes, folk culture, and agricultural heritage. Commissioned by Realdania , the L-shaped 680-square-meter Kornets Hus is set on a site with an existing farm and bakery. The learning center will offer visitors as well as locals and employees engaging educational experiences about the region’s rich food and farming culture. In addition to educational and exhibition spaces, the building will also include a cafe, store, and offices. Related: Norwegian Mountaineering Centre mimics a dramatic snow-covered mountain The building features a simple and flexible plan to accommodate a wide variety of activities. Two brick-clad light wells , reminiscent of baker kilns, bookend the structure’s two ends. Skylights and large windows also help maximize access to natural light . Glazing on the west facade frame views of wheat fields and connect to an outdoor terrace. A large bread oven forms the heart of the public spaces. + Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Images via Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

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Rooftop wheat fields elevate Chicago’s urban farming scene to exciting new heights

September 27, 2016 by  
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The would-be wheat farm is atop a landmark building that once housed the Polish National Alliance but now serves as Studio Gang’s headquarters. The rooftop was originally intended to be a wildflower meadow filled with many varieties of pollinator -friendly plants such as butterfly weed, black-eyed susan, and milkweed. Omni Ecosystems were hired late in the year for this project, which limited their sowing abilities. “We knew it would be a mixed bag for establishment, so we threw down this annual that would get us through the winter,” said Molly Meyer, CEO and Founder of Omni Ecosystems. “As it turned out, the wheat did really well.” Related: Why a buckwheat pillow makes a good pillow This surprisingly robust wheat crop was delicately harvested and turned into flour by students in an after-school program. Students were involved in the process of winnowing the grains by removing the chaff and separating the wheat berries from the wheat grain. It was a novel experience for them.  “The kids didn’t know flour was part of wheat,” says Tracy Boychuk of Omni’s sister company, The Roof Crop. This processed wheat was then turned into flour by Baker Miller , though not without some initial skepticism. “Just because you grow the wheat doesn’t mean you can eat it,” said Dave Miller, co-owner of Baker Miller. “I was thinking we were going to have ‘feed’ grade,” which is appropriate for animals but not people. This was as good as anything I’ve gotten from a farmer.” + Omni Ecosystems

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Atlantas elevated Buckhead Park will connect a city separated by highways

September 27, 2016 by  
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Rogers Partners and Nelson Byrd Waltz are the firms behind the project, and they hope to inspire other cities that are seemingly broken apart by sprawling highways to reintegrate and offer locals a beautiful gathering place. In Buckhead’s case, the area was divided by busy streets in the 1990s, causing a community divide. Rogers Partners explains how the project will “make the area whole again, providing the public with safe, easy and efficient access to the many amenities in the district.” Related: Colorful Spinning Tops transform traditional toys into large-scale interactive art in Atlanta The park features three distinct design features. The northern end will be the common area, including a small amphitheatre for local events. A lush garden will adorn the southern end and a variety of shade trees will stretch across the entire structure. In the middle, a plaza for local retail businesses and restaurants will be found. The project is also aiming to include access to Park 400, a biking and running trail currently under construction in the area. The Atlanta area is known for its large population and intense heat, which the firms have taken into account while designing Buckhead Park Over GA400. Stormwater collection will create a sustainable irrigation system and the installation of native plants will reduce the need for excess maintenance. “When Buckhead Park Over GA400 is complete, Atlanta will have a unique, world-class civic space that is both beautiful and functional,” expressed Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District. The next phase of the project will be discussed by city officials in October. +Rogers Partners , Nelson Byrd Waltz Via Dezeen Images via Rogers Partners, Nelson Byrd Waltz

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Syria withdraws seeds from Doomsday Vault as bombs disrupt crop research

October 19, 2015 by  
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When you think of doomsday preppers, you probably think of folks with a basement full of canned food, hand-crank radios, and batteries. In Norway, though, the government has taken a different kind of doomsday precaution by saving seeds in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault . The world’s largest secure seed storage has been in operation since 2008, accepting deposits from around the world to resupply agricultural fields in the event of a major crop-devastating natural disaster. Now scientists are making a major withdrawal from the seed bank for the first time, but not for reasons they anticipated. The war in Syria has interrupted the work of scientists in Aleppo, making it necessary to recover wheat seeds from the so-called ‘Doomsday Vault’ for planting. Read the rest of Syria withdraws seeds from Doomsday Vault as bombs disrupt crop research

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Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto Over GMO Wheat Contamination

June 5, 2013 by  
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Agricultural giant Monsanto is facing a growing problem with its genetically modified wheat. The company attracted criticism earlier this month with news that their GMO wheat had infiltrated an Oregon farm . This Monday, a Kansas farmer filed a civil lawsuit in US federal court against Monsanto citing “gross negligence” and seeking compensation for his discovery of rogue GMO wheat. Monsanto dismissed the allegations as unfounded. Read the rest of Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto Over GMO Wheat Contamination Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: contamination , ernest barnes , GMO , Japan , Kansas , Monsanto , Oregon , south korea , susman godfrey , united states , US , US Department of Agriculture , wheat        

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Hovis Bread Now Contains 100% British Wheat

April 8, 2010 by  
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Image from Evening Standard Bread from Hovis, a major bakery in Britain, is now being made of 100% British wheat. It is great news for the 600 farmers who are growing it on their farms and great for the environment because previously they had imported and transported their wheat from Canada. It’s bad news for Canadian farmers, because that was $27M that had been spent buying the red wheat that was grown only in the Prairies.

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