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Urban Farms

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.

The Latest Kitchen Gadget: A Farm

Maisie Ganzler | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Maisie Ganzler

Imagine my delight when, walking my neighborhood in Santa Cruz, CA, I realized a major success story is blooming right under my nose: there are kitchen gardens and mini-farms everywhere these days!

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...

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.

Nirvana In East Austin: Dinner At Eden East On Springdale Farm

Stephanie Keller | Posted 09.01.2014 | Taste
Stephanie Keller

Even before the food arrived, our levels of bliss were skyrocketing and the locally sourced creations reinforced our happiness.

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.

A Bright Future For Urban Farming

Dickson Despommier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Dickson Despommier

The concept of raising fresh produce in the middle of a crowded city sounds far fetched to the uninitiated, but over the last few years, the realization of this "far fetched" idea has resonated well with those that live there. The future looks bright for city farming.

Farming for Good: Why Work Is Essential for Teens to Develop and Leave Poverty

Jesse Bilger | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Jesse Bilger

Jennifer is one of five teenagers spending her summer days at Philadelphia's Lutheran Settlement House as part of the Teens 4 Good program. Every morning, she arrives ready to work the patch of green in the heart of the city. But every night, she returns to the homeless shelter for women where she's living now.

WATCH: This Family's Community Garden Is Amazing

Posted 04.22.2013 | Green

This video is going to make you want to get those hands dirty and grow some broccoli. Title "A Year in the Garden," the time-lapse was uploaded to ...

Nation's Largest Indoor Vertical Farm Opens Its Doors

Posted 03.25.2013 | Chicago

Occupying 90,000 square feet of a formerly abandoned suburban Chicago warehouse, FarmedHere is not only the first indoor vertical farm of its kind in ...

David Sands

Hantz Farms' Divisive Deal | David Sands | Posted 11.21.2012 | Detroit

Detroit City Council tabled discussion over the proposed sale of an enormous plot of city-owned land to the Hantz Farms development company at a marat...

David Sands

Divisive Hantz Farms Land Deal Could Be Nearing The Finish Line | David Sands | Posted 11.20.2012 | Detroit

The name Hantz Farms conjures up strong reactions from many Detroiters -- especially those involved with the city's urban agriculture movement. After ...

NYC's Urban Farms Face a Climate Change Reality Check

Cathy Erway | Posted 01.08.2013 | Green
Cathy Erway

Unforeseeable weather challenges have always been an inevitable part of the farmer's job. Add to that slim proceeds, institutional interventions, limited space, and soil quality questions, and the future of city farming may be thrown into question.

Great Things Happen in Small Gatherings!

Liz Neumark | Posted 10.04.2012 | New York
Liz Neumark

Last week Just Food and The Sylvia Center brought together over 200 New Yorkers in a series of meals hosted in homes around the city, reminiscent of how families and neighborhoods came together around the table for generations.

An Urban Farm Feeds Local Neighborhood With Help from Disabled (video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 10.02.2012 | Home
Rebecca Gerendasy

Tim Donovan, who calls himself "a farmer and maker," leads the agriculture team at Project Grow, a program of Port City Development Center, an arts and farming organization that works with adults with disabilities.

Cities Are a-Growing

Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York

If you live in an apartment in a city, could you ever imagine growing and eating your own lettuce? In your apartment? Well, apparently a growing number of Americans can.

PHOTOS: SF's Most Beloved Urban Farm May Be Evicted

Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.22.2012 | San Francisco

Maybe it’s a testament to how well the Hayes Valley Farm has integrated itself into the day-to-day fabric of San Francisco: Less than three years af...

Farm City

Leah Mayor | Posted 04.18.2012 | Home
Leah Mayor

Urban agriculture is no small task. In the world of food and farming, nutrition starts with soil. That is to say that, soil quality directly translates into the nutrient content of the food we eat.

Local Urban Farms In Hot Water Over Alleged Treatment Of Animals

| Posted 04.16.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of SF Weekly's SFoodie. By Jonathan Kauffman If you go to farmers' markets in the East Bay, you may have seen ...

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...

Urban Farming Bike Tour

Liz Neumark | Posted 11.01.2011 | New York
Liz Neumark

There are dozens of small local markets and farms. Don't wait for the next Just Food urban farm bike tour to visit these farms. Wake up early on a Saturday, ride the subway to the end of the line and visit a new farmers market!

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...

Author Aims To Change Perceptions Of Urban Agriculture With New Book On Vertical Farms

AP | DAVID RUNK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

DETROIT — A new book by an urban agriculture visionary aims to change the way people think about farming, offering a look into a future where ci...

Seven Farms In New York City

Metromix New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Summer's freshest bounty is just a subway ride away. Here's the express track on where to get them...