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Howard Lee


Dr Howard Lee trained initially as an ecologist (MSc ecology), but then moved into agriculture as a government potato breeder, combined with lecturing at Queen's University Belfast. In 1990, he took a Senior Lectureship at Wye College (University of London) and subsequently at Imperial College where he initiated, directed and taught on Britain's first MSc in sustainable agriculture and rural development (SARD). He moved to Hadlow College in 2004 and has lectured there until now. In 2006, he started Britain's first Foundation Degree in sustainable land management and continues to lead and teach on various aspects of sustainable agriculture to a range of degrees. Howard helped initiate the HadLOW CARBON Community and facilitated a community allotment on College land, which continues to be managed by village families and assisted by College staff and students. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Stefan Jordan

Stefan Jordan has been a professional grower since 1984. He started in the UK as a YTS horticultural trainee taken on full-time in field-grown nursery stock. He moved to Poland for two years with the Institute of Pomology and Floriculture in Skierniewice. Back to the UK, Stefan studied for an HND in commercial horticulture at Writtle College to then take up a sandwich placement in France on organic top fruit farm and nursery stock with Pépinières Bordet. He worked there for many years before returning to the UK and lecturing in horticulture, forestry and arboriculture at Hadlow College in Kent. In this latest time, he had the opportunity to grow various crops in as many growing systems, and was equally fortunate to get his students involved with a variety of national and local food growing initiatives. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victor Coleman

Victor Coleman's professional training and early career as a Chartered Surveyor in local government focused on the repair and maintenance of public buildings. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and The Association of Building Engineers. Victor managed his own practice for eight years and then sold the business to Lloyds Banking Group, remaining with Lloyds as a management surveyor. The recent recession provided an opportunity to undertake international voluntary work and research. In 2012, Victor graduated with a first class honours degree in Commercial Horticulture from Hadlow College, University of Greenwich. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Second Nature Urban Agriculture : Designing Productive Cities

Routledge, 2014

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... and self-sustaining cropping systems Howard Lee, Stefan Jordan and Victor Coleman Some recent studies have highlighted the vulnerability ‘yields from [glass]house crops are generally ten times of many cities to reduced food security,...