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The Dirt in Your Food May Actually Save Your Life

By Justin Chan | July 10, 2012

Photo: Ari Moore

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In a city where skyscrapers and massive buildings outnumber arable land, community gardens are hard to come by. Those that are fortunate to plant a few crops in their backyards rarely do so, leaving millions of residents scoping for processed food at their local supermarkets. Some products contain chemicals that the average consumer has little knowledge of and they may do more harm than good. Read More


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


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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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


Changing Detroit’s Urban Landscape, One Lot At A Time

By admin | December 15, 2011

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Photo: dailyinvention

By: Michele Wolfson

Edith Floyd is making Detroit urban farms, empty lot by empty lot. From vacant to verdant, Growing Joy Community Garden is binding together neighborhoods through community gardens. The equation is simple- more vacant lots in a neighborhood equals less stability in that neighborhood. The solution? Community gardens. That’s where Detroit, with a staggering 27% vacancy rate, has succeeded. Read More

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Harlem’s Flourishing Community of Gardeners

By Dylan Rodgers | October 18, 2011


I recently had the pleasure of visiting four different community gardens in Harlem. Each one has its roots deep in the GreenThumb initiative, but once established, they were shaped over time to reflect the character and agenda of their leading volunteers. With Larry Scott Blackmon, the Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach, streamlining the community garden process politically and legislatively, and with Edie Stone, Director of GreenThumb, overseeing the needs and desires of each garden, the community gardens are given every opportunity to flourish. Read More


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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Rooftop Urban Farm: Brooklyn Grange

By admin | July 8, 2011

Urban Rooftop Farm Brooklyn Grange

Urban Rooftop Farm Brooklyn Grange

By Arielle Hartman

High above the bustling streets of Western Queens, there is a one-acre urban farm, planting, growing and harvesting its way to a more sustainable lifestyle. Brooklyn Grange Farm, located in Long Island City, is part of a slew of urban farms rapidly taking over New York City’s abandoned or unused lots, terraces and rooftops. At one-acre, in a city known for cramped spaces and crowded streets, Brooklyn Grange is a feat unto itself, turning the vacant office building roof they lease into a viable and successful urban farm – one of the biggest in New York City! Read More


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