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Urban Agriculture

PHOTOS: Activists Build Support For At-Home Chickens

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.13.2012 | DC

VIENNA, Va. -- Why keep backyard chickens? In one word: brunch. Ed Fendley is co-founder of the Arlington Egg Project, a group trying to bring back...

Joseph Erbentraut

Bringing (Rooftop!) Urban Agriculture To Chicago's South Side | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.08.2012 | Chicago

Last fall, when First Lady Michelle Obama came to Chicago to address where the city was coming up short in terms of food access for its residents, she...

44 Square Miles of Forgotten Men

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 04.02.2012 | Chicago
Linda Novick O'Keefe

The word "Food Desert" was coined to describe Chicago. Can the Emanuel administration truly make Chicago the city in a garden? Can they make the city that works, work for everyone?

Joseph Erbentraut

Bike-a-Bee: Chicago Urban Agriculture's Next Step? | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

For one Chicagoan, an ideal community garden means so much more than patches of fruits, vegetables and plants. And Jana Kinsman has set about broadeni...

Joseph Erbentraut

Public Art Project Aims To Reinvigorate Chicago's South Side | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.23.2011 | Chicago

When Brooklyn-based photographer Emily Schiffer first arrived on Chicago's South Side, it wasn't long before the widespread desolation and vacancy ove...

Rare Seeds, Artfully Packaged: Precious Heirlooms For The 99%

Kerry Trueman | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
Kerry Trueman

A thoughtful, lovely gift that costs less than five bucks? A limited edition that delivers beautiful blossoms and edible treats you'd be hard pressed to find in a store, at any price? That, my friend, is a rare find.

The SUPERVALU of Giving Back

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 01.14.2012 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

On Monday I had the privilege to interview Craig Herkert, CEO of SUPERVALU, about his company's role in the fight for food equity.

Why Can't You Hate Walmart as Much as I Do?: Culture Wars Infiltrate the Food Movement

Christopher Weber | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home
Christopher Weber

The Walmart-Growing Power alliance is not as unlikely as it might seem. Both groups share one priority: selling affordable food, a desperately needed commodity in inner-city neighborhoods amidst the Great Recession.

Urban Farming Ordinance Approved By City Council

Posted 11.09.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council approved a zoning code amendment allowing for more widespread urban agriculture Thursday. As WBEZ reports, the zoning code...

Emanuel Plans Big Boost For Urban Farms, Reversing Daley's Course

Posted 09.26.2011 | Chicago

In a pointed reversal of his predecessor's policies, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Tuesday that he is supporting an ordinance that would all...

Farm Dreams: If You're Not on the Land You Love...

Linda Buzzell | Posted 08.28.2011 | Green
Linda Buzzell

Remember that old song: "If you're not with the one you love, love the one you're with"? The words keep running through my mind as I listen to many of our friends who dream of someday owning traditional farms and farmland.

Growth, Interrupted: Teen Moms Fight to Save Innovative School (and Farm)

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 08.15.2011 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

The fate of an innovative Detroit high school where parenting teens can bring their kids to school for high quality early childhood education, and farmwork is integrated into the curriculum, is all but sealed. But they're not going down without a fight.

Raising Backyard Chickens (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 08.09.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Chickens are relatively inexpensive to raise, and they can provide up to about 4,000 eggs per chicken, throughout their lifetime.

Farm Report Is Weather Report Is Farm Report

Dave Snyder | Posted 08.09.2011 | Chicago
Dave Snyder

Some people hate talking about the weather. Not gardeners and farmers. For growers, the weather is a constant source of attention.

How Your Church Can Support Local Food Movements

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

Food is at the heart of our practice together. So it's important to remember that what we put on our tables can be an act of faith.

Around the Corner

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Liz Neumark

It's going to happen.  You know how they say darkest before the dawn?  Well, February is here and that means that next month we get ready to welcome...

Grow Local Colorado: Providing A Space, And Voice For Urban Agriculture In Denver

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

When Dana Miller retired as a a United Airlines flight attendant in 2003, she didn't anticipate becoming one of Colorado's leading advocates for local...

Backyard Beekeeping: Tour de Hives (video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

As awareness increases about where our food comes from, so comes the interest in growing food close to home. And this also includes providing a place ...

Celebrate Urban Agriculture

Nathan Havey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nathan Havey

Urban agriculture is a growing part of the movement for people to get back in touch with the origins of their food.

Weekly Mulch: Local Food--Where Sustainability Meets Self-Reliance

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Last week, environmentalists and food advocates warily welcomed the news that Walmart plans to expand its ...

Urban Agriculture Challenge: Communities Helping Themselves (With Delicious Results!)

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

Rather than relying on fast food chains or large supermarkets, urban residents with access to a local farm should eat fresh fruits and vegetables grown right in their communities.

Building the Regenerative City

Marc Stoiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marc Stoiber

Sustainability could become the first megatrend of our new century. Everywhere you look, green is moving from the outskirts to downtown. But exactly how sustainable is downtown?

A County Fair With City Flair Grows in Brooklyn

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

With beehives, chicken coops, and rooftop farms popping up all over Brooklyn, it's high time us city folks revived that end of summer ritual, the county fair.

11 Vertical Farms Of The Future

The Daily Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Since the world is becoming increasingly urbanized, planners have asked if we can bring food production directly to the people, cutting out the enviro...

Certified Organic: The Inspection

Dave Snyder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Dave Snyder

Mary I. Wilson, Accredited Organic Inspector, showed up this morning at ten minutes to 9:00 AM. Being up there with a farm inspector made me see the space with new eyes.