In search of a parable of urban sustainability, NYU professor Andrew Ross did something unusual. Rather than seeking out Ecotopia, he headed for Phoenix, Ariz., an ecological disaster waiting to happen. What he found there will surprise you.
The Perennial Plate crew drops by a refugee garden in Atlanta and goes home with a Bhutanese family for dinner.
I pictured myself shoveling a path through four feet of snow every morning towards the chicken coop in the frigid darkness. And all for naught, since hens go on semi-strike due to lack of sunlight in winter, producing far fewer eggs.
Urban farmers are raising and slaughtering their own livestock, and a shadowy organization called Neighbors Opposed to Backyard Slaughter is up in arms about it.
Meet the founder of Urban Adamah, a one-acre urban farm in Berkeley and a fellowship for young people that integrates organic farming, social justice, and progressive Jewish spiritual practice.
Jana Kinsman’s startup Bike-a-Bee will be a distributed network of beehives in the Chicago area — Kinsman will hook up local urban farms and gardens with bees, which will help pollinate the plants while also producing honey. (Greenspaces that host a beehive get a share of the honey profits.) Meanwhile, Kinsman will care for the bees by riding from hive to hive on her bike. Urban gardens, beekeeping, biking … who says Chicago isn’t basically Portland?
After Hurricane Katrina, the only fresh produce within 50 miles of New Orleans came from a tiny Vietnamese refugee community in East New Orleans.
Urban farming veterans Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal used to joke about writing a book just so they'd have a quick response to the flood of questions they'd both get. The Essential Urban Farmer might just get them off the hook -- for a little while anyway.
Dirt is great stuff: You can grow things in it, which means that in the future when the only thing left is climate change, zombies, and Terminators designed to look like Kardashians, it will be a kind of wealth. So you should probably be hoarding it like a Ron Paul fanboy hoards gold. The cool thing is that, unlike gold, you can produce your own dirt — even if you live in a city.