In cities, farmers are looking to rooftops to provide fresh food for urban populations. One of the major environmental and aesthetic problems with urbanization is the lack of available open space and the distinctive absence of greenery in lieu of concrete and asphalt. One of the solutions that urban farmers have started to pursue is the use of rooftops as viable space to grow food. These rooftop farms are ideal for growing food because they have access to direct sun light for most of the day and they make use of previously underutilized spaces without competing for expensive land at…
Alex Liebman of Stone’s Throw Urban Farm talks about the precarious nature of farming on underulitized and vacant urban plots, earning a decent wage and what aspiring urban farmers should do to maximize their chances of success.
Located in the heart of Paris, in the 6th arrondissement, is the Luxembourg Gardens. Built in 1612 to encompass the grounds of the palace built for the Regent of France, Marie de Medici, the gardens span 23 hectares (nearly 60 acres) and are an icon of Parisian life. The gardens and palace were inspired by the…
The Bounty Hunters glean fresh food that might otherwise go to waste—from back yard fruit trees and gardens, from local orchards and farms. The organization then redistributes their bounty to food banks and senior centers.
In a city ravaged by natural disaster, one organization works to create a solid community food network to support New Orleans urban farms, public awareness and food justice.
Urban farms turn to crowdfunding websites to bring their projects to life. Since the 1950s, the global population has flocked to urban centers around the world. According to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Report from 2007, about 50% of the world’s population lives in cities and many more are expected to migrate to urban…
Home to Henry Ford’s assembly line, Detroit was once affectionately referred to as Motor City—the epicenter of American car production. With the recent collapse in the American automobile industry and overall economic recession that has ravaged the United States over the past four years, over a fifth of Detroit households do not even own a…
The Small Plot Intensive Method of urban farming gives novice farmers a path to creating a small profitable business growing fresh food.
With the growing demand for the return of agriculture to urban spaces, cities are removing legal barriers to urban farming.
Vacant lots in Philadelphia are getting a makeover. They are being turned into self sustaining urban edible food forests.
One of the primary missions of urban farming is to provide local communities with access to clean, fresh produce. It is no surprise then, to find that urban farmers have found various ways in which their farms and neighboring edible gardens can feed the poor—who have the least access to one of the most basic necessities.
As people wake up to the fragility of a global agricultural system dependent on oil, they are turning their focus closer to home—and finding abundance in their own backyards. We explore three examples of urban backyard food gardens and the surprising amount of food that can be grown with very little space.
Eco City Farms not only brings food back to the urban landscape of Maryland, but also works to educate a new generation about eating well and urban farming.
UK homesteader Tim Payne explains that his reasons for embarking on homesteading extended beyond his family’s desire to become more independent from a food and resource distribution system which relies on a dwindling natural resource.