Urban Agriculture

  • 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 …

  • How safe is your soil?

    In Oakland, efforts to encourage urban farming tangle with concerns over soil safety. Cities all over the U.S. are grappling with the same issue.

  • How cities could save bees

    Bee populations are struggling everywhere, but ironically they may be better off in cities than in the countryside. Why? Because rural areas have larger swathes of flowering plants when they're in season, but cities have them year-round in the form …

  • How to get into urban beekeeping

    This video on rooftop beekeeping in Brooklyn features Tim O'Neal, who blogs at Borough Bees and sometimes teaches Beekeeping 101. If you've been curious about putting together an urban apiary, this will give you an overview of what it's like …

  • Manchester turns a disused building into a vertical farm

    We know that some people don't think much of the idea of urban farming, in part because it takes up space that could otherwise be used to house people more densely. But what if an urban farm was a) vertical …

  • Floating hydroponic farm makes food with zero waste

    Here's an urban farm we'll still be able to use when rising sea levels flood all our cities! Science Barge is a floating organic farm set aboard a barge in the Hudson river.

  • Urban gardens: The harvest is not just food, it's community

    Community gardens have an almost magical power to change the urban landscape. Now many in New York City are safe in the hands of those who tend them.

  • Michigan’s gangsta gardener gets off [VIDEO]

    Julie Bass of Oak Park, Mich. no longer faces jail time for having a vegetable garden in her front yard.

  • Jail time for gardening: Now officially a trend

    Hey, remember the woman threatened with 93 days in jail for growing a garden in her front yard? She could have a cellmate! Dirk Becker of Lantzville, British Columbia turned his scraped-dry gravel pit of a property into a thriving …