Urban Agriculture

Sweden builds 18-story greenhouse

Swedish company Plantagon International is taking the urban greenhouse to the next level, and then the 17 levels beyond that. Their new vertical greenhouse in Linköping, Sweden will be 177 feet high.

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Phoenix rising: Can ‘the world’s least sustainable city’ go green?

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.

Growing home: Dinner from a refugee garden [VIDEO]

The Perennial Plate crew drops by a refugee garden in Atlanta and goes home with a Bhutanese family for dinner.

Peebottle Farm: Keeping city chickens in winter

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 …

Urban farmers vs. NIMBYist vegans, round one

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.

New Agtivist: Adam Berman, faith-based urban farmer

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.

Bike-a-Bee does beekeeping by bike

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 …

Lexicon of Sustainability: Food sovereignty

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 essentials: Authors of a new, definitive guide tell all

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 …