Original post can be found at: HuffingtonPost.com When Kate Daughdrill moved to Detroit to go to graduate school, she had no idea she would plant roots there — both literally and figuratively. Her eastside home now exists on a multi-lot farm that has transformed her local neighborhood. “When I bought this house it was in pretty bad shape,” the 30-year-old...

Original post can be found at: Express.co.uk DO YOU want to know the secret to a long and happy life? Vegetables. Not so much the eating of vegetables (though that certainly helps) but the growing of them.According to scientists from Essex and Westminster universities spending half an hour a week on an allotment results in an instant reduction in stress and...

Posted on Nov 3 2015 - 2:12pm by UOG
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Original post can be found at: Newsweek.com With arable land becoming more and more sparse, and global populations continuing to rise, the only direction to grow our farms is up. Vertical farming has its roots in disaster. In 2011, the tidal wave that caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster also destroyed most of the farmland near Sendai, a coastal area in the...

Here’s a fun fact about Halloween you may not know about! “Modern Halloween comes from the Irish festival Samhain, an occasion that marked the passage from the summer harvest season to the dark of winter. Tradition dictated huge bonfires be built in fields, and it was believed that fairy spirits lurked in the shadows. To distract these spirits from settling...

Original post can be found at: www.psfk.com FarmedHere is the largest indoor vertical farm in the United States, with 90,000 square foot space that all follow an eco-, city- and resource-friendly technique. FarmedHere, located in Chicago, raises its plants with a technique called aquaponics. Plants grow without soil, directly in water kept nutrient-rich by fish....

Posted on Oct 28 2015 - 4:16am by UOG
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Originally posted on the Food is Free Project, on Facebook. Kale on the streets of London. Welcome to the new normal where #foodisfree Plant a garden and share the harvest. Start a Food is Free Project in your community and start making ripples of change! Check out our PDF guide at http://foodisfreeproject.org/resources for some tips on getting started. Onward! ...

Original post: http://www.alternet.org/food/inside-nations-largest-organic-vertical-farm Chicago isn’t usually known as a farming hub, but did you know that Windy City residents are dining on organic produce such as basil, arugula, kale and microgreens right from their backyard? FarmedHere, a 90,000-square-foot space in Bedford Park that opened in 2013, is not...

Original article can be found at: “WideOpenCountry.com” If you’re craving your own fresh winter vegetables but don’t have the space for a garden, you’re in luck. Here are a few ways you can create your own vertical garden. You don’t need a lot of space for many winter plants. Though some plants, like broccoli and cauliflower, take a larger...

Original post can be found at: Realtytoday.com Millennials are most likely to garden in urban areas compared older generations, national survey says. Although facing a lot of hardships, millennials seem to be coping with the trials through resourcefulness, creativity, practicality and tightening of the belt. Millennials have been turning the tables from coming up...

Original post can be found at: http://www.fastcoexist.com/ This massive Japanese vegetable factory saves water and energy—along with human labor.When a sprawling new “vegetable factory” opens near Kyoto, Japan in 2017, it will be the first farm with no farmers. Robots will plant lettuce seeds, transplant them, raise the vegetables, and automatically...

Original post can be found at: http://blogs.abc.net.au 13 October 2015 , 9:17 AM by Spencer Howson Left: Kay and John’s nature strip community veggie patch. Image by Terri Begley/612 ABC Brisbane. Your veggie patch is constantly attacked by possums – so you try something different. You move everything outside your fence – onto the nature strip...

How did you get started with your blog? It started 3 years ago. I was just showing some of my food and veggie pics to one of my coworkers and he was like wow those are some awesome pics. He asked had I heard of Instagram, said it was like Facebook but photo based. Im not a ‘Facebooker’ so I was immediately intrigued. Signed up that night, he taught...

Original post can be found at: Inquisitr If your town isn’t on board with urban gardens, they are living in the past, because urban gardens are sprouting up all over the nation as people search for more sustainability and more control over what they put in their mouths. Farmland is scarce and costly, according to WGBH News, which featured an article on urban farms....

Posted on Oct 9 2015 - 11:50am by UOG
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Original post can be found at: earth911.com Whether it’s because of the looming increase in water bills across the nation resulting from the ongoing drought,  or it’s the wealth of creative ways people are finding to harvest rainwater, the technique of rainwater collection is springing up in gardens throughout the United States. In fact, a recently published...

Source: citylab.com   At the Stack House Apartments in Seattle’s now-trendy South Lake Union neighborhood, residents can walk out onto a terrace and pluck a tomato right off the vine. In the South Bronx, an 8,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse atop an affordable housing development is creating jobs and food for the residents below—along with cooler summers...

With the world’s population expected to hit 9.1 billion by 2050, coupled with the growing effects of climate change on our ability to grow crops, a company out of Barcelona has proposed a solution to feeding the future world. Forward Thinking Architecture’s triple-decker Smart Floating Farms would feature 2.2 million square feet (2.04 sq km) of fish farm,...

This post is originally from http://www.fastcoexist.com Deep below the streets of London, something is growing in tunnels that once kept people safe from World War II bombs. One hint: It’s leafy. An old bomb shelter is also pest-free, as well as weather free, and there’s never a frost. That means no pesticides. And because the farm is hydroponic, all the...

Instead of spending money on a new garden apron that’s going to get dirty, Spring Warren, author of The Quarter-Acre Farm, recycles an old pair of jeans instead—making an apron without any sewing. ...

How would you quickly describe yourself? My wife Karen and I live in Chicago and love organic gardening. We started with a small vegetable garden many years ago, but over time it expanded to take over most of the backyard. Now we’re growing in the front yard too. During the summer and early fall, we don’t buy any vegetables from the store and buy very little...

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