Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture

When soil isn't green (it's people)

Gardeners should take a good hard look at what's in our urban soil. But does that mean rural soil should get off easy?

Urban Agriculture

Securing a food future in cities: a case study in repurposing military bases

Farm programs on abandoned military land are opportunities to strengthen food deserts.

Urban Agriculture

New Agtivist: Lisa Gross is covering the city with trees

Grist's New Agtivist interview series returns, with the voice behind the Boston Tree Party -- a plan to create a massive, decentralized urban orchard.


Ask Umbra at the tar-sands protests and on the radio

Ask Umbra joins the tar-sands protests and gets interviewed by a radio program called Mrs. Green's World.

Raising chickens is totally rock and roll

Jenifer Jourdanne has expensive tastes, expensive shoes, and "designer chickens." In an essay in xoJane, she talks about how her long-standing backyard coop didn't dent her rocker cred: I will have you know I was a maverick. I was the girl in the early 90s at Viper Room where people would say things like “Slash, come over here, no really, this chick has pet chickens!" I mean I am sure they probably thought I used them in an adult act but sorry to bore you, they just walk around my herb gardens looking for snails.

Urban Agriculture

Peebottle Farms: Cooped up in the city

As soon as it got warm enough, Tei and I started bickering about the chicken coop. The plan was that "we" would build it, but we both knew that meant Tei would grumble about it first, and then reluctantly figure out how and do the heavy lifting.

Urban Agriculture

Airport beekeeping project is a win-win-win

A new project raises bees on undeveloped land near O'Hare Airport, trains ex-convicts in beekeeping, and sells the resulting honey and beeswax.

Urban Agriculture

Peebottle Farms: Back to the land in Brooklyn

Welcome to my Bedford-Stuyvesant urban farm.

New trend: Going produce shopping in abandoned gardens

Most cities these days are chock-full of foreclosed properties. Some foreclosed properties are chock-full of fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and other sources of fresh produce. That adds up to a lot of tasty plant matter going to waste -- unless people take it upon themselves to harvest food from abandoned houses, either for their own use or to distribute to shelters. That's not legal, but as a New York Times piece makes clear, that doesn't mean it's not a good idea.

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