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Getting to Higher Ground with Rooftop Farming

Rooftop Farming

Higher Ground Farm founder John Stoddard is all about moving on up when it comes to urban agriculture. He and his business partner, Courtney Hennessey, farm on the roof of the Boston Design Center, a 55,000 square foot space in South Boston, and completed their first farming season in 2013.[read more]

Detroit's Urban Agriculture Ordinance Inspires Changes to Vacant Lots

August 31, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Detroit Urban Agriculture

If you take a break from the media coverage of Detroit that focuses on the City’s ever-increasing unemployment rate, ample vacant land and rampant blight, you will notice some optimistic trends in sustainability, from organizing around transit justice to increased biking.[read more]

Belo Horizonte: The City That Ended Hunger

December 4, 2012 by Kiva Bottero

A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S. cities have yet to do: end hunger.“To search for solutions to hunger means to act within the principle that the status of a citizen surpasses that of a mere consumer.” – City of Belo Horizonte, Brazil.In writing Diet for a Small Planet, I learned one simple truth: Hunger...[read more]

Community Gardens & Civic Greening

December 4, 2012 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen

How community gardens help increase awareness about urban ecology One concern about increasing urbanization and reduced access to green areas, is that it creates a sort of generational amnesia about people's relationships to, and dependence upon, ecosystems.   In a recently published article in Landscape and Urban Planning,...[read more]

Eating Our Cities: Dissecting the Urban Food Dilemma

October 26, 2012 by Urban Times

What role does urban agriculture play in sustaining our cities?as organic moved from fringe to mainstream the goals of the movement succumbed to the industrial modelTravelling long haul from Australia, to pretty much anywhere outside of South Asia, is a chore. Flying from Sydney eastward is a fourteen hour journey over nothing but ocean...[read more]

The Impact of Urban Farming in Berlin and Hong Kong

October 26, 2012 by This Big City

Urban farms are cropping up in metropolises across the U.S., with New York City proving to a be a particularly fruitful example. But this sustainable farming idea is more than an American trend, with cities worldwide taking strides in growing local produce and plants in developed urban areas. These efforts help to sustain the environment...[read more]

The Impact of Urban Farming in New York City

October 19, 2012 by This Big City

Imagine a rooftop garden lush with salad greens and fresh vegetables. Picture a quaint patio garden growing bay-leaf, lemon-verbena and lime-basil herbs. Urban farming is a sustainability movement that is giving new purpose to rooftops, patios and unused space. The beauty of urban farming is that it not only produces an abundance of...[read more]

Metropolitan Agriculture: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

October 12, 2012 by The Dirt ASLA

S, M, L, or XL-sized metropolitan agriculture? Mia Lehrer, FASLA, Mia Lehrer + Associates, said one size definitely doesn’t fit all when it comes to cities, in a session at the ASLA 2012 Annual Meeting. In an era where it seems like any school or community can start a garden, perhaps it’s time to step back and think about the bigger...[read more]

Smart Tech For Scaled-Up Urban Agriculture

October 9, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

It has been estimated that by 2050, as much as 80 percent of the earth’s population will reside in cities. Considering that, by conservative estimates, the total population will total 2 billion, this question is, how are we going to feed our cities in an ecologically friendly way? Consider the high-tech, high-yield greenhouse technology developed by the Swedish-American company known as Plantagon.[read more]

Urban Agriculture: The New Frontier for Food Sustainability Planning

September 28, 2012 by Hannah Oliver

 As more people live in cities, it becomes critical to grow food in close proximity to urban centers in order to reduce fuel costs and support the local economy. City policy and ordinances can promote urban agriculture in cities, which can provide residents with healthy, local food.Throughout history, the human population has lived...[read more]

A Roadmap for Urban Agriculture

September 6, 2012 by The Dirt ASLA

While New York City already has some 700 urban farms and gardens spread throughout its five boroughs, urban farming still feels ad-hoc, somewhat tacked-on in many places. The gains have been slow and future progress isn’t guaranteed. To boost the long-term prospects of urban farming in the U.S.’s biggest city, ...[read more]

Chicago Warehouse Becomes Net-Zero Urban Farm

August 8, 2012 by Tyler Caine

Plant Chicago, NFP/Rachel SwenieHere in the U.S. we have no shortage of unused industrial space. In cities across the country there are blocks of old warehouses laying dormant and forgotten. While some find second lives being renovated into hip residential lofts, many of these buildings have a hard time being fashioned with new uses. The...[read more]