“Scanning a prison menu is a bleak task. Common food items range from nutraloaf—a mishmash of ingredients baked into a tasteless beige block—to, rumor has it, road kill. The substandard quality of food at some correctional facilities has led to protests and hunger strikes, as in summer 2013 when nearly 30,000 California state prisoners refused food to...

“Want to live more sustainably, make nutrient-rich soil for your garden, or simply marvel at the mysteries of microbiology? Start composting! Turning waste into garden treasure is easy, and so satisfying you’ll be hooked from the start!” source- “Craftsy.com“ ...

“Kräuter Garten is a small glass unit that can be found in one of METRO’s supermarkets in the Berlin neighborhood of Friedrichshain. In the unit enables the store to produce fresh vegetables and herbs for its customers on demand. Basil and other herbs and veggies are growing on a thin nutrient-rich layer of water in a space-efficient vertical growing...

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1. Designed to mimic a drip irrigation system, it delivers water straight to plant roots using nothing more than a plastic bottle and an orphan sock. Click here for more information. 2. Here’s a trick to switch out garden plantings without ever lifting a trowel. Place plastic pots directly into landscaping beds. Click here for more information. 3. To convert...

Portland has recently teamed up with six other cities on the West Coast to separately sue Monsanto for damages to both the health of it’s citizens and environmental damages brought on by products that contain polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. “The City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to authorize the city to sue Monsanto, the exclusive manufacturer...

  DC now rivals Portland, Madison and San Francisco in the number of garden plots per capita.  People who are “farm-curious” can look into the Department Of Parks and Recreation to find everything from Gardening 101, and classes on vertical gardening, how to make kefir or tinctures, and how to care for urban fruit trees. “We have such a huge...

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“Jennifer and Jason Helvenston of College Park, Orlando, Florida have been ordered by local officials to remove their front yard vegetable garden at a time when Orlando is touting its environmental credentials and reaching out to citizens for input on what additional steps the city could take to become one of greenest urban centers in the country.” After...

Nursery Fields Forever, has made a proposal for a pre-school  filled with toddlers to be placed on an urban farm.  They say: “The dominant preschool system keeps children in classrooms, where plants barely peek out from the window,” and animals are only visible in places like zoos, Jonathan Lazar, one of the architects, tells CityLab, adding: The absence of...

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“It’s been a tough year for glyphosate, the world’s most popular weedkiller. A year ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, declared that glyphosate—the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup products—was probably carcinogenic to humans. In the months since, multiple lawsuits have been filed...

New farms are popping up all over the nation, growing food vertically has provided a way to grow more food in less space.  In South Philly, a new farm has sprouted and they are producing fresh, local food 365 days a year.  They also are serving up their community the fresh goods by making deliveries to restaurants, grocery stores and more. “Metropolis Farms is...

The new Assembly Bill, (551), that was passed in 2014 allows owners of vacant lands between 0.1 and 3 acres of size to qualify for major tax incentives if they use their land for agricultural purposes based off of long-term leases.  In the coming months, new “urban agricultural zones” will be installed on the map across the county, not just in the city. “City...

Did you know that Facebook has a nine-acre rooftop garden?  Even in the wintertime, the garden boasts spectacular views of beautiful plants and interesting structures.  The whole garden was built so that employees could have a space to walk outdoors, since there isn’t much room for them to walk inside the building. “Ninety percent of the garden consists...