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The Road to One Planet Living Starts Here

November 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

The One Planet Life

The idea of the ecological footprint is a brilliant communication tool for promoting genuinely sustainable living and development and gives rise to the idea of One Planet Living. Read about its potential and power to transform lives and cities, a challenge some are already taking up. And take advantage of a 20% off offer on a new book on the subject![read more]

California Creates Farm-To-Fork Office, Passes Legislation Promoting Local Food Access

November 20, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

California Food Legislation

This past September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed seven pieces of legislation in honor of Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork week, an annual event that celebrates locally produced foods and promotes getting it into the hands of local consumers.[read more]

Non-Diversified Economic Markets in Detroit, Michigan: Autos and Now Agriculture

November 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Detroit Markets

Detroit, Michigan’s urban agriculture has been enjoying stunning popularity for several years. From a city in exponential decline since the national financial crisis of the end of the last decade, the city’s citizens are eager to promote a new paradigm that could help save the city from bankruptcy.[read more]

Young Leaders in Ag: Sophie Ackoff Unites Young Farmers For Change

November 16, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Young Leaders in Farming

If you want change, you need passion to make it happen. Sophie Ackoff, who works with the National Young Farmers Coalition helping young farmers help themselves, has bushels of it. As the coalition’s national field director, she travels the country bringing together folks who are beginning careers in farming.[read more]

Urban Gardening Builds Strong, Cohesive Communities

November 14, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Gardening and Community

CNN recently described Cape Town, South Africa as being in the midst of a “vegoultion,” with hundreds of new community gardens and urban farms popping up throughout the city in recent years. The city’s “Green Clusters” are helping to improve the local environment while providing important social benefits.[read more]

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678 Green Roofs Counted in Central London – But Are There More?

November 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

The greening of central London

A map has been compiled of all the known green roofs in central London, and discovered almost 700 – but there are probably more. Their estimated total area is 175,000 m², equivalent to around 25 football pitches. Viewers are invited to submit others not already logged to make the map more complete.[read more]

How to Create a Space for Urban Agriculture [VIDEO]

November 11, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Agriculture Space

Sheryl Ozinsky makes an impassioned plea for urban agriculture. She explains that the time is right for urban agriculture as a revolution of health and nutrition is unfolding. This revolution is a response to rising obesity levels and a proliferation of unhealthy food on the market today.[read more]

Precisely Sustainable: 5 Big Ideas Transforming Agriculture

November 11, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Agriculture Transformation

New research and technological developments are allowing farmers to discover some very precise ways to grow food in the most efficient way possible. We’ve rounded up 5 precision ideas that have emerged in a big way in the past several years, and are poised to change food production as we know it.[read more]

5 Colleges Where Students Are Getting Creative with Sustainable Agriculture

November 9, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture Education

Across the country, sustainable agriculture is growing on college campuses. Carefully nourished soil on old athletic fields and other underutilized areas is becoming darker and richer, and nascent orchards are surviving the trial-and-error pruning of novices to mature and bear fruit.[read more]

8 Young Farmers, and 4 Farms, to Watch

November 8, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Young Farmers and Farms

From coast to coast, 20- and 30- something adults are ditching their power suits and ties for shovels and seeds. From novice upstarts to young farmers carrying on a family legacy, we’ve rounded up some inspiring, young farmers, farming duos, and teams who are leading the charge in sustainable farming.[read more]

When Landscape Eclipsed the Garden

November 8, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Landscapes and Gardens

Joseph Disponzio, wants us landscape architects to know where we came from. His lecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, which honored Frederick Law Olmsted, shed new light on the origins of landscape architecture as well as the debate surrounding the field, which has lasted almost as long.[read more]

Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France: The Vegetable Garden City?

November 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Vegetable Garden City

The idea has been floating in people’s heads for a while now. It could be, for the ecologists of Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France, a way of occupying the land in the absence of the municipality’s authorization. It could also be a way of showing that one can be involved in politics with a mere spade and a rake.[read more]