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Urban Farming

Old MacRobot Had a Farm

XPRIZE | Posted 11.20.2015 | Green

By Don Willmott When is a vegetable farm not a vegetable farm? When you take away the humans, automate the work, and create a vegetable factory in it...

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."

The Strange and Wondrous Life of an Urban Goat Herder

Katie Tandy | Posted 11.18.2015 | Women
Katie Tandy

I think we can all agree that goats are a little weird. Or at least, seemingly. They are, perhaps, not unlike the elusive durian--much-maligned for being thorny and smelly. But just as the durian's facade gives way to delectably sweet fruit, so too does a goat's.

Artist Buys House for $600, Builds Farm

Nadine Cheung | Posted 11.03.2015 | Good News

Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence ov...

New York City Feeds Itself Tonight!

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 10.15.2015 | New York
Karin Kloosterman

It's a time where futurists growing hyperlocal food and technologies in New York City open their labs for urban food week. Tonight there will be a fish taco dinner prepared with fish raised on a roof in the city; the rest of the food was grown in urban farms in locations throughout the Big Apple.

See the Seeds of Change Grown by One Bronx Woman

NationSwell | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact

This is one of six documentaries on American changemakers produced by NationSwell in partnership with NBCUniversal. Watch them all and vote for your...

Urban Farming Hits The Roof

XPRIZE | Posted 09.16.2015 | Green

While some of the press about the rise of urban farming suggests that it's merely the province of hipsters, the truth is that done correctly and at scale, it can be a sustainable, and ultimately profitable use of valuable city space that can bring farmers and shoppers much closer together.

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.

This Is How You Grow Girls in Harlem!

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 08.28.2015 | New York
Karin Kloosterman

In the middle of Harlem on a derelict plot of land where old men used to play cards, with no kids allowed, is growing one of the most exciting social projects I've seen this year as I go out looking for business partners.

Lumeria Maui: An Unforgettable Portal in the Pacific

Greg Archer | Posted 08.18.2015 | Travel
Greg Archer

Maui. Sunshine. Adventure. What's not to like? After all, the beaches and sites on the Hawaiian Islands' next-to-youngest entity (The Big Island) are a plenty that many writers have been spotlighting them in books and magazines for quite some time.

Bordofarms: A Project Focused on Solving Deportee Economic Issues Through Urban Farming

Miguel Marshall | Posted 07.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Miguel Marshall

After this intense immersion into the social fabric of our city's deportee community, we have learned that there are many creative ways to approach social issues and that we are ready to take on the new challenges ahead through more economically viable and scalable model of social enterprise in urban farming.

This Single Community Is Mitigating Hunger

Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact

Less than two years ago, Ellis Johnston lived on the streets, unsure about where he would spend the night or when he would eat his next meal. He l...

Grow Your Own Fresh Food in the Middle of Manhattan -- Ask Henry!

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 06.24.2015 | New York
Karin Kloosterman

It's a natural thing for every human being to want: the ability to grow fresh, healthy food anywhere we call home, even if that's in the concrete ju...

Sack Farming Holds Potential For Poor Urban Households

The Monitor | Mathias Wandera | Posted 06.20.2015 | World

June 20th is Impact Journalism Day, a global media campaign to spotlight solutions. The Huffington Post is one of more than 45 news organizations comm...

How This Woman Is Helping Revitalize Detroit, One Garden At A Time

OWN | Posted 06.04.2015 | OWN

In 2006, Dutch native Riet Schumack moved her family from an affluent area in Detroit to one of the city's toughest neighborhoods. At the time, Bright...

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.

You Need Green to Do Green

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Alex Cacioppo

A gathering of "urban green innovators," as they were called, yielded a crop of optimism about the myriad environmental challenges facing New Yorkers in the coming years. "Count the short-term victories," and "Keep your eyes on the prize," appeared to be some of the main messages from the event.

Meet The Urban Farmer Starting His Own Revolution

OWN | Posted 05.04.2015 | OWN

When you think of farming towns, Milwaukee-proper might not be the first to come to mind. The large Wisconsin city is perhaps better known for its fam...

Are City Folks the New Caretakers of the Land?

Marianne Krasny | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Marianne Krasny

Recognizing that the majority of us live in cities, is it possible to find a modern day, urban rendition of farmers walking, crops walking, and water walking off the land? One place to look might be in the community gardens of New York, New Orleans, Berlin and Barcelona.

In the Weeds

Harriet Sanford | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Harriet Sanford

Through an innovative aquaponics program that teaches students about healthy eating and entrepreneurship, it's at the heart of a sustainable future for Fernwood's students and their neighborhood.

Occupy the Land

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Was the Berkeley land conflict a beginning to land reform struggles in America? I hope so. We simply have to shake up the land grant universities. They need to return to their mission of assisting genuine family farmers or cease to exist.

Ecopolis Iowa City: Interview With Chef Kurt Friese, Ramping Up the Local Food Economy

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.24.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

"We need to find ways to convince people that cooking is not a chore, it is not drudgery. It is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom, and it is the most tangible way we have of demonstrating our love to our family and friends. What could be a higher priority than that?"

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 Fruit Documentary Film

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

For the last several years I've been on a journey toward conscious living, particularly conscious eating and community well-being. This is not an easy endeavor in an urban setting.

My Dream for All Farmers

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

There's no need to make this transformation a conflict of cultures, when it's really about safe and healthy food for everyone -- no matter your location, your religion, your intellectual proclivities, or your taste in farm show fashions.