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Your Spring Guide to Heirloom Gardening

By admin | April 25, 2012

Photo: United Nations Photo

Photo: United Nations Photo

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

We all have at least a vague understanding of gardening, but what about heirloom gardening? We hear about heirloom tomatoes all the time, but what exactly does that mean? I have to be honest, the first book that I picked up on heirloom gardening I had no idea what wonderful world I was getting myself into. After reading that book, I now want to purchase heirloom seeds so every one of my fruits and vegetables will have a unique story behind them. If you’re wondering why I’ve been so inspired by heirloom seeds, well that’s because they are seeds originating from plant varieties introduced at least 50 years ago. Heirlooms are also non-hybrid and open-pollinated, in laymen’s terms, an heirloom seed will grow just as its parent seed year after year unlike genetically modified seeds.

Because the seeds have not been tampered with, like that of genetically modified seeds, the varieties of fruits and vegetables that come about are nutritious and certainly delicious. Read More

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FARM:shop Initiative Brings Farming To A New Level

By Jeannette | April 5, 2012

Photo: Tim Crook

Photo: Tim Crook

By: Allana Mortell

Considering the diverse amount of radical products sold in retail stores all over the world, I suppose it shouldn’t be too alarming to know that the world’s first urban farming hub is taking place in a local shop near London’s East End. FARM:shop is more than a farm – it is a workspace, events venue, cafe and grocery store. While customers can nosh on sourdough sandwiches in the cafe, employees are simultaneously growing mushrooms in the basement, chicken coops on the roof and watching over fish tanks filled with tilapia. Though specific “exhibitions” change with season, the three tenants of FARM:shop remain sound :

  1. To excite and inspire city dwellers to grow their own food, fabric and medicine and to make an income doing this
  2. To create direct links between farms in the countryside with communities in the cities
  3. To grow food commercially via a network of FARM’s across cities and retail this food at FARM’s shop.

The shop didn’t open its doors until March of 2011 but the idea behind FARM:shop has been brewing for over two years. Read More

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Calling All Foragers: Seattle to Plant Downtown Public Garden

By MIchael Engle | March 15, 2012

Photo: RDPixelShop

Photo: RDPixelShop

For many urban dwellers, green space is a luxury that sometimes merits special weekend plans.  Seattle, WA, on the other hand, is about to plant the necessary seeds for agricultural expansion…into the downtown core!  As Kristofor Husted reported for NPR, a taste of the rural lifestyle, or even just a memory of a childhood suburban backyard, will be made available for those in need of a break from the concrete jungle.

Pending the success of a two-acre trial, the Washington state government has recently approved a plan to develop a seven-acre plot, located in the working-class Beacon Hill neighborhood, into a public garden.  The field, which will be named the Beacon Food Forest, will be stocked with perennially-growing fruit, such as apples, pears, plums, grapes, blueberries, and raspberries. This output will, at first, be free for community picking, in order to promote the benefits of permaculture.

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City Dweller’s Green Thumb: Tips For Gardening in Small Spaces

By admin | March 13, 2012

Photo: sidewalk flying

Photo: sidewalk flying

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

We all have a secret love for gardening, I have grown to believe that it is in our blood to find a dirt-laden path, pick up a shovel, throw some seeds down below and create the perfect garden. But the thing is, when you live in a city where there are no dirt paths, no open spaces and no chances to garden you have to get inventive in your gardening initiatives.

Not to worry, here is a guide to ensure you perfectly grow all the vegetables you want this year, with of course the trusty help of a few containers, some sunlight and a whole lot of love. Read More

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Bryant Terry Has A New Urban Organic Series

By Michele Wolfson | January 23, 2012

Photo: Urban Sea Star

Photo: Urban Sea Star

The amazing chef, cookbook author, and food activist, Bryant Terry is collaborating with One Economy Corporation to explore ways Americans can live healthy lives by harvesting and eating local foods. Terry visits iconic cities to showcase their methods of urban farming. The series investigates fascinating characters and their unique approaches to urban farming.

It is very difficult to be self-sufficient in a low-income urban location, so it’s inspiring that Terry is the host of a show that will focus on how to grow food in an urban setting where grocery stores and local farming is scarce. The series will feature cutting-edge chefs, urban farmers, and social innovators who are bringing urban agriculture to the low-income neighborhoods that need them most. Read More

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English Town To Reach Food Self-Sufficiency

By admin | December 29, 2011

Photo: Cyndi Amaya

Photo: Cyndi Amaya

By: Michele Wolfson

Is a self-sufficient town possible? An organization called Incredible Edible certainly thinks so. Since founding the group three years ago, Mary Clear and Pam Warhurst have been working toward creating sustainable communities. They do so, in part, by having volunteers of the organization go around to towns and plant fruits and vegetables where fresh, uncontaminated soil can be found. The crops are then adopted by members of the different communities who, maintain, continue to plant and eventually benefit from the growing produce. Read More

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Below Zero Gardening: How to Build the Perfect Winter Garden

By admin | December 13, 2011

Photo: Marju Randmer

Photo: Marju Randmer

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

When you hear the words winter and gardening in the same sentence you’re probably thinking what a strange combination that is, as there certainly is no way you could possibly garden in below zero weather. Gardening, many think, is all about finding that perfect plants, using the right soil, and having the best of sunlight coming your way. Brush away all those winter gardening worries, as these simple tips will creatively enable you to develop your own indoor garden. Read More

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Roof-To-Table Food Revolution: An Interview with Chef John Mooney

By admin | December 2, 2011

Chef John Mooney

Photo: Saira Malhotra

By: Michele Wolfson

Tucked away in the West Village is a spot where one can dine on very local, organic vegetables in an innovative “rooftop-to-table” way that has never been done before- that is, until now. Bell Book & Candle uses aeroponic towers to grow its menu ingredients on the rooftop, located six flights above the basement kitchen. Talk about using local products!

As we enter the winter season, the cold weather might not seem ideal for an eatery that uses produce that is grown in Manhattan during this time of year, but the rooftop garden actually supplies Executive Chef John Mooney’s restaurant with 60% of his produce on a year-round basis. Read More

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Out Spring 2012: Michelle Obama’s Cookbook, American Grown

By admin | October 27, 2011

Photo: Vaxzine

Photo: Vaxzine

By: Michele Wolfson

While Michelle Obama may not be a chef, she seems to know a thing or two about the importance of using locally grown produce in everyday cooking. Her cookbook titled American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities will be released nationwide on April 10th, 2012 by Crown Publishing and was just given a cover and a title yesterday. This cookbook provides recipes inspired by Obama’s White House garden- the first since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden during WWII. The First Lady even includes motivation and tips for gardening in her cookbook. Read More

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The Changing Face of Unused Space: NYC’s GreenThumb Initiative

By admin | October 13, 2011

NYC community garden

By: Dylan Rodgers

A good space for a garden is hard to come by in NYC.  Even if you were able to commandeer a small patch of land to grow a few essential foods, you may not have the time or the tools to keep your ‘Little Eden’ up and running.  If only there were a team of people all working in the garden toward the same goal.  And if only there was an organization dedicated to helping people get gardening space, tools, and know-how, it would just be too good to be true.

Well grab a pair of old jeans and some sun glasses because the organization that can make all of your gardening dreams come true does exist, and it’s better that you thought it could be.  It’s called GreenThumb.

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