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Urban Agriculture

How One New York Woman Is Changing The City's Composting Game

Rebecca Louie | Posted 11.19.2015 | Green
Rebecca Louie

"Perhaps there could be a way to compost for credits toward fresh produce. Really, New Yorkers need to buy what they can consume and stop producing so much waste in the first place."

Compost: To Turn Or Not To Turn

Rebecca Louie | Posted 11.04.2015 | Green
Rebecca Louie

Anyone who has passively nurtured a pile (i.e. just let it sit there) knows that it can take months, if not years, for a mini mountain of food scraps and landscaping waste to become luscious black gold.

Empowering Inner-City Youth Through Nature

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 10.13.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

I was in the sixth grade at Henry Nash Elementary School on the West side of Chicago, and my class had gotten the opportunity to get away from daily life and dive into nature for two weeks.

Goats, Chickens and Compost: Volunteering With Earth Matter on Governors Island

Rebecca Louie | Posted 09.16.2015 | Green
Rebecca Louie

I started volunteering with Earth Matter several years ago because I was drawn to the chickens, rabbits and goats. Aggressive squirrels, threatening rats and dive-bombing pigeons made up most of my wildlife interactions in NYC, and I longed to be around creatures more friendly and fun.

250 Must-Follow Twitter Feeds For Every Food Activist

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Whether you have found a chef that speaks to your soul or want to learn more about organic agriculture, Twitter has proven to be a powerful platform...

World-Class Cities in the Making: 10 Ideas Readily Implementable to Make Cities More Attractive and Dynamic

Tara Heuzé-S. | Posted 06.05.2015 | Travel
Tara Heuzé-S.

As a proud born-and-bred Parisian, as an enthusiastic traveller, as someone who's been living abroad, I must confess that each time I go back home I'm shocked by some archaic features of the City of Lights.

How Localizing Is the Key To Our Urban Future

Michael Sorkin | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Michael Sorkin

NEW YORK -- Ironically, in this era of exponential growth, we are witnessing the disappearance of cities. Our urbanism is becoming increasingly generic -- a Starbucks on every corner and an iPhone in every palm. We can do better.

9 Great Reasons to Grow Fruits and Vegetables In the City

Nicolas Bel | Posted 04.19.2015 | Green
Nicolas Bel

To grow aromatics, strawberries, or radishes you only need a window and a window box. If you have a balcony, a yard, or, even better, a terrace or a piece of land, you can grow any of the 16,000 marketed varieties of these plants.

Urban Agriculture: A New Kind of Fast Food

Tara Campbell | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Tara Campbell

Co-authored with Emily Rodgers For many of us, we fly through our jam-packed days with hardly any time for breaks - let alone healthy meal planning. ...

Learning Los Angeles: Ron Finley on Grounding the City

Julia Wasson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

"Nothing in nature is straight. So that's how I design. There's no rhyme or reason. I'm planting for aesthetics. I want to be assaulted by smell, by beauty, by taste."

Farmers Markets and Urban Agriculture -- Sharing the Bounty

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 10.06.2014 | Home
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

By growing food locally and giving underserved urban neighborhoods access to fresh produce, jobs are created, local economies are strengthened by circulating dollars within the community, the harmful effects of food deserts are reduced, and consumers become engaged in learning how food is grown.

Goats and Governance in Detroit: Spitznagel Meets a Trend He Can't Trade

Nancy Kotting | Posted 08.11.2014 | Detroit
Nancy Kotting

When a man of means such as Mark Spitznagel intentionally goes rogue in Detroit, it is not about survival. It is about ego, audacity, entitlement and a blatant disregard for the rule of law.

Michigan Fails Food Growers

Nancy Kotting | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Nancy Kotting

At the local level, many communities are quickly recognizing the overwhelming desire of the general public to regain control of their food sources out of the desire to live healthy and sustainable lives.

Meet Gotham Greens, An Incredible Addition To The Urban Farming Movement

The Huffington Post | Brianna Elliott | Posted 04.24.2014 | Green

When you think of farming, New York City may be one of the last places that come to mind. But Gotham Greens, an urban greenhouse business, is rever...

A Kale of Two Cities: Cultivating Social Justice

Nevin Cohen | Posted 06.14.2014 | New York
Nevin Cohen

For some farmers and gardeners, particularly those in low-income neighborhoods, urban agriculture is a means to a more ambitious end: an attack on racial, gender and class disparities and political disempowerment.

This Is What A Totally Green, Sustainable NYC Could Look Like

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business

The Terreform Research Group envision a New York City in which streets and avenues would be converted into greenways and farms. New York City is ...

Innovation Earth: A Rooftop Farm, Coming Soon to Your Supermarket

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

We Americans, living in the land of fast-food drive-throughs and cardboard tomatoes for some time now, are starting to gain an appreciation for high-q...

Food As a Bridge to Jobs and Hope: Green Bridge Growers

Jan Pilarski | Posted 02.05.2014 | Home
Jan Pilarski

Food has great power and potential. For us, it has made our lives whole once again and been a path for greater inclusion for Chris and others with autism. Indeed, a place at the table of life.

Urban Agriculture: Fad Or Necessity?

Kristin McArdle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Kristin McArdle

This may be a convenient way for people to get their feet wet in the agricultural world, but does it offer a viable solution to the problems associated with our food production and distributions systems?

Parkway Gardening: Am I Even Allowed To Do It?

Kristen Nilsson Farley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Kristen Nilsson Farley

It is also a city with a sizeable population living in poverty with unimpressive access to healthy foods and fresh produce. It is a city that could benefit enormously from the growing urban gardening movement. But is it even legal for me to grow edibles in that little strip of land in front of my house?

Growing Urban Ag Through Policy

Robert Ogilvie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Robert Ogilvie

In many cases, urban gardening begins organically, but without a supportive policy structure in place, it can be difficult for these programs to take root, thrive and be of maximum and equitable benefit to the whole community.

California Just Got A Whole Lot More Urban Farming-Friendly

Posted 07.28.2014 | Good News

We didn't think it was possible, but California just got a little greener. On September 28, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Urban Agricul...

The War On Blight

Troy Silva | Posted 11.29.2013 | Good News
Troy Silva

Our goal is to create the world's first planter-based botanical garden as a way to make this concrete jungle we call home a more beautiful and livable place for everyone. Anyone else out there ready to join our army?

WATCH: Sole Food Street Farms Opens North America's Largest Urban Orchard

Posted 10.04.2013 | Good News

This just in: You CAN make something from nothing. Earlier this year, a Canadian nonprofit called Sole Food Street Farms took an old gas station a...

An Urban Farmer in the City (video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Portland, OR Throughout her young adult life, Amanda Morse has worked entirely in the nonprofit food sector. In college, she designed an interdiscipl...