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“PHOENIX – Los Olivos Park in Phoenix could be home to a first-of-its-kind urban farm, market and education center. “There’s nowhere that a child can go today, [who] lives in the core of Phoenix — in this neighborhood, to actually see a working example of agriculture,” said Aric Mei, a local restaurateur behind the project....

“INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An effort to create urban gardens on the northwest side of Indianapolis is moving ahead. The Kheprw Institute is raising $30,000 to renovate a home on Boulevard Place and turn it into an urban agriculture learning lab. The community will be invited to learn how to create their own urban garden and borrow tools to help them get started. The...

“While Detroit has many urban farms, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) has recently amped up the discussion about development around these farms. Last winter, the non-profit announced their proposed urban agrihood around their two-acre farm in the North End. Curbed’s video team recently visited the farm to see the impact on real estate in the...

“A Tulsa woman is suing the city’s code enforcement officers after she said they cut down her garden with no cause. Denise Morrison said she has more than 100 plant varieties in her front and back yards and all of them are edible and have a purpose. She knows which ones will treat arthritis, which will make your food spicy, which ones keep mosquitoes...

“Underneath a 26-floor office tower in Stockholm, an underground space once used as an archive for a newspaper will soon become a farm. And because of a unique business model, the urban farmers growing greens in the new farm won’t pay rent–their farm will pay for itself in heat. Like some other indoor farms, the Plantagon CityFarm, set to begin production...

“Not too far off Mopac in southwest Austin there’s an urban garden growing all sorts of peppers. Alejandra Rodriguez Bougton tells us more about La Flaca Urban Gardens.” Story via: “Fox7Austin.com“ ...

“At long last, hydroponic organic produce suppliers can breathe easier. By a vote of 8 to 7, the National Organic Standards Board on Nov. 1 rejected proposals to make hydroponic and aquaponic production methods prohibited under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program. The prelude to the NOSB meeting generated intense lobbying efforts...

Starting this month, Long Beach landowners who don’t convert their vacant parcels to small urban farms or community gardens will be billed a monthly fee to pay for city code enforcement officers to monitor the lots so they don’t turn into illegal dumping grounds or havens for crime. The city will be charging owners a $53 dollar monthly fee to cover oversight...

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“Thinking about having your own greenhouse but not sure about how to be practical, efficient and environmentally friendly? If you want to check the previous 3 points and at the same time use simple materials and low-cost technology in an innovative approach to growing plants, than this following project will be perfect! The 750 square feet octagonal shape...

Just Grow has taken the mess and stress out of bringing nature indoors to nourish your mind, body, and life. Our innovative indoor garden, Malawi is an ecosystem that helps you grow food and connect with nature. Americans spend 93% of their time indoors and only 7% outdoors. This creates a negative impact on our minds, bodies, and the planet. The problem is, our...

“Community gardens are spreading across the USA! The community garden movement started in the early 1900’s. Today there are over 18,000 community gardens in the USA and Canada! From urban cities to small towns, they are helping the grow-your-own-food movement to flourish. Community gardens offer a place to grow food for people who don’t have the space,...

TIP 1– Soft, pouch-type containers are best for shallow roots like herbs, onions and succulents. Plants such as strawberries, lettuces and bushy veggies such as peppers like a larger, more rigid container. Tomatoes do best in large pots with some kind of support, like a cage. TIP 2– Some kits have self-watering systems, but Forster just uses a “cute...

“Butterfly gardening can be a relaxing and rewarding experience for people across all ages and backgrounds. For students, it may seem like a hassle and unwanted expense to find the right materials and proper equipment for gardening. However, with enough information and many resources to consult on campus, students can still tend to a small garden. Butterflies...

After 10 years as a software professional, Sriram Aravamudan found his calling in beautifying Bengaluru’s balconies with My Sunny Balcony. Read his inspiring #PassionToPaycheck story below. My Sunny Balcony – the name conjures up images of warm sunshine on cold winter mornings, steaming cups of tea, and gently swaying palms and bright bougainvillea flowers...

“Dave Chapman and dozens of other longtime organic farmers packed a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board in Jacksonville, Fla., this week. It was their last-ditch effort to strip the organic label from a tide of fluid-fed, “hydroponic” greenhouse-grown vegetables that they think represent a betrayal of true organic principles. “It...

“If you live in an apartment block or, have a tiny garden and would love to start your own herb garden, we have good news for you:  don’t allow either of these factors to deter you. You really can create your own herb garden indoors – all you need is a sunny balcony or, an unused space on your naturally-lit kitchen counter. Creating your very own...

Question: I’ve heard conflicting information about fall-winter garden clean up. Some advice says clean up and cut back perennials. Other sources say to leave seed heads and leaves, etc., for wildlife habitat. Which advice is better? Answer: If you love nature, then I say leave the garden with her leaves, berries, pods and seeds for the birds, bees, bugs, snakes...

“Researchers have discovered that bees can have a preference for left or right – influencing their decisions while they navigate obstacles in flight. Unlike humans, though, bees don’t seem to favour one or the other across the wider population. But any individual bee could either be strongly left- or right-biased in equal proportion, and some have...

The pumpkins smashed Saturday morning had nothing to do with vandalism or kids letting off a little steam. If anything, those who participated were doing a good deed. “This is the first time we’ve done this, although there have been other pumpkin recycling efforts in the area,” said Sue Omanson, the Naperville Park District’s community development...