New Blog – “Shanghai Skyfarms”

Posted on | October 27, 2015 | Comments Off on New Blog – “Shanghai Skyfarms”

Hello Everyone,

Our new blog “Shanghai Skyfarms” is online!

Here you can read all about latest activities & events on our rooftop farms and learn more about the idea and concept of “Skyfarms”.

Have a look and get inspired 🙂

Best,

GoodtoChina-Team

 


 

Recent blog posts

FOOD is NOT where it’s needed

Posted on | July 6, 2015 | Comments Off on FOOD is NOT where it’s needed

We will present on the 8th June at “Our common Future” conference under the

session “Perceptions of Climate Change” at UPMC, Paris France

Check it out:

Our common future – precursor to COP21

Food production is in crisis Preparing the site and social groups who are already feeling the effects are those that will most likely be hit hardest by the continued effects of climate change. Addressing their needs is often complicated and it’s not necessarily about taking solutions that we already have and applying them in different places and to different social groups. The societies culture, the locations, their current situation’s, the openness to new ways of doing things all play into the ability to respond and implement successful solutions. We have found that a participatory approach – where we understand and work with the local leaders to shape the solution is beneficial. Yet there are many challenges along the way. In our presentation, we will use the case study of “Farm in a box” to take a look at “what’s working” and “how to better plan” project development within rural/urban communities. The project, “Farm in a box”, based just outside the metropolis of Shanghai aims to provide a  food source for “small communities”: who are in need of nutritious food resources. This project works with a small residential school for disabled and orphaned boys, where their food supply is dependent on charity.

Getting to grips with the annual planting calendar

Getting to grips with the annual planting calendar

The project team, in collaboration with the community leaders, designed and implemented a food system that starts to address some of the challenges faced by local communities given the effects of climate change. The project is local, provides a variety of nutritious food, optimizes growth using organic and local resources, and empowers the community to lead the project. The vision for the project is that it can be scaled and applied to many in need communities that have food shortages, such as children in residence, migrants due to man made or natural disasters. The project was inspired by the knowledge that some 40% of rural children in China do not have access to sufficient nutritious food. These children have been found to be stunted as a result of maternal and childhood malnutrition. Under nutrition is devastating. It blunts the intellect, saps the productivity of everyone it touches and perpetuates poverty. Unicef 2009. This situation has recently been highlighted in China as a recent government study into residential schools identified that over the past 10 years these residential children have lacked sufficient food for healthy development. Taking action on under- nutrition is the single most important, cost-effective means of advancing human well being (leading group of economists: The Copenhagen Consensus). These same groups are often the ones most heavily impacted by and vulnerable to climate change. Spring summer 2015 Green house chongming islandThe project uses a participatory methodology and it is the lessons learned from this approach that will be discussed and presented: as navigating between participatory methods and tyranny is an issue that has received much attention within participatory research and community engagement literature. In this case “participatory development” is used with the aim to engage the community in beneficial new ways of doing things and to empower the same community to take responsibility and project leadership. Chongming planting together 2014During the presentation we will discuss future planning that may help to avoid some of the “perceived tyrannical” effects and outcomes and better prepare “project” teams for successful outcomes.

SkyFarm-Roof top Urban Farming in the Centre of Shanghai Plots are now available for 2015

Posted on | March 23, 2015 | Comments Off on SkyFarm-Roof top Urban Farming in the Centre of Shanghai Plots are now available for 2015

If you are interested in growing your own vegetables, joining a gardening community, in the centre of shanghai then we would be delighted to hear from you.

You can contact info@goodtochina.com for the application form and more information about participation and process in the community garden.

You can sign up for a One-year subscription,  tools are available, together with the knowledge and the support of a volunteer group. You can check here http://jiashan-skyfarm.tumblr.com/ for some information and details about what we have been doing in past months, and to see the garden.

If you would like to come and check it out for yourself then we are usually up on the rooftop on Saturday mornings. If you are making a special journey then check in with us to ensure someone is there.

We find that its always good to garden with a friend, so check with your friends family to see who would like to also come along. We are looking forward to enlarge our urban gardeners community. So get in contact soon. Spring planting starts now so don’t miss this season. Get on board now… Looking forward to hearing from you!

The Jiashan Skyfarm gardeners.

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Program:Good to China School Tours

Posted on | January 24, 2015 | Comments Off on Program:Good to China School Tours

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Good to China’s school tours are located on our Sky farm rooftop. This program in designed to engage and encourage kids to participate and appreciate healthier lifestyles and environments.

As a way to engage students on healthier living, urban farming and greener cities, we offer school tours at one of our Sky farms locations. Combining all elements of the location, we tour through a sustainable building, explain the benefits of green roofs and conduct a workshop on urban farming and ways that each student can live more sustainably at home. As a way to continue learning, experimenting and growing their own food, at the end of each tour, students receive Good to China’s Pot of Black Gold. Students can take the seeded pot home and kick-start their own urban farm.

About Us:Good to China is a social enterprise that designs custom solutions for social innovation and sustainability to encourage a paradigm shift from wasteful and potentially harmful behavior towards healthy and conscious behavior. We create systems to engage and educate people to support these goals.

Location: Anken Green
Centrally located in Shanghai’s Jing An District, Anken Green is a renovated mixed-use warehouse that lies adjacent to the Suzhou Creek. Anken Green is committed to the implementation and promotion of energy efficient practices and environmentally sensitive design.
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Research project: Quality of Life indicators in Major Chinese cities 中国生活质量调研

Posted on | January 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Research project: Quality of Life indicators in Major Chinese cities 中国生活质量调研

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Help us to  understand how we can further support better and healthier life qualities in major chinese cities such as Shanghai. With Pollution levels hitting record levels and urban environments reaching non – sustainable levels. One area that is affected by so many of our daily activities is the lack of good Air. This is a key quality of life factor and influences choices on where to work and live. Current health damaging levels are causing crisis management for governments and many of the worlds leading companies. Help us to understand better how governments and city planners can support healthier lifestyles. Thanks in advance from the GoodtoChina team. Go to this link: http://www.sojump.com/jq/3288404.aspx

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