Starting this month, local nonprofit Hope for the Inner City will begin recruiting an army of chickens to aid in the nonprofit’s mission to bring fresh produce to low-income households, but recruiters say they still need community support. Since early this summer, Hope for the Inner City has been asking community members for donations of $25 to sponsor laying...

Six-year-olds Darren Eaton and Rudi Petruziello climbed to the top of a dirt pile, took a seat, and started digging, but Glass City Goat Gals owner Liz Harris didn’t mind. “I’m so glad they’re playing in the dirt,” she said. “That’s what it’s there for.” It’s hard to imagine a cul-de-sac in central Toledo...

**IF you wish to receive a shipment for this month, you MUST JOIN before 11:59 pm PST Monday, September 4th!** Now is the time to start collecting seeds for your fall/winter gardens. Let our Garden Guru’s hand select popular heirloom, GMO-FREE varieties for you to start each month, customized to your location and grow zone! (Think frost hardy crops or varieties...

Greenhouse in the Snow, built by a former mailman, grows an abundance of local produce high on the Nebraska plains. “We can grow the best citrus in the world, right here on the high plains,” says Russ Finch, the former mailman (pictured above) who is the creative superstar genius responsible for building the Greenhouse in the Snow. And he can do it spending only...

The Joy of Growing Window Herbs Year-Round Have you ever thought about growing your own indoor herbs? If you’re kitchen windowsill isn’t already crammed full of pots overflowing with leaves, then it should be! The beauty of keeping a “windowsill herb garden” is that you can rely on a steady supply of leaves all through the year. When outdoor plants have died...

BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. — Clay Mayes slams on the brakes of his Chevy Silverado and jumps out with the engine running, yelling at a dogwood by the side of the dirt road as if it had said something insulting. Its leaves curl downward and in on themselves like tiny, broken umbrellas. It’s the telltale mark of inadvertent exposure to a controversial herbicide called dicamba. “This...

“First ribbon-cutting for a farm in probably 100 years in the City of Pittsburgh,” quipped Mayor Bill Peduto at the future site of Hilltop Urban Farm, a 107-acre property in the city’s tiny St. Clair neighborhood in South Pittsburgh that includes 23 acres of farmland. Upon completion, it will be the largest urban farm in the United States. Located on the site...

It may come as a surprise to most of the people who grow vegetable in their garden, that in the US, it is illegal! At least, that’s what a case in Miami has brought to public light. Bear in mind that we are talking about the front yard, which in the view of the State, represented by attorney Richard Sarafan in the above-mentioned case, is in the legitimate purpose...

“A new urban farm has sprouted on the east side in a most unlikely setting. Surrounded by industry, the 7-acre farm is in The Finish Line’s backyard. The retailer, which has its corporate headquarters near 30th Street and Mitthoeffer Road in Indianapolis, is the latest organization to partner with Brandywine Creek Farms and its owner, Jonathan Lawler,...

In a parking lot outside a former pharmaceutical factory in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, 10 entrepreneurs have spent the last nine and a half months learning how to take on the industrial food system through urban farming. Square Roots–a vertical farming accelerator co-founded by Kimbal Musk, with a campus of climate-controlled farms in shipping...

“Revitalization projects on Wilmington’s East Side are helping to nourish, raise hope and rebuild a community plagued with poverty, crime, blight, and low homeownership rates. Urban Acres Produce is among those ventures. “This is the perfect example of what it takes to revitalize a neighborhood,” said City Council President Hanifa Shabazz. Shabazz...

Top 100 Urban Blogs And Websites On The Web http://blog.feedspot.com/urban_blogs/ Congrats Winners!! 1. URBACT – URBACT is a European exchange and learning program promoting sustainable urban development. The URBACT Blog is a platform for sharing ideas on current urban issues and innovative solutions for cities in Europe and in the world. 2. Urban Survival...

“Total eclipses of the sun are rare, and Monday’s passage of the moon in front of our mother star is generating a lot of attention. Some 20 million people are expected to occupy the rather narrow 70-mile band of “totality” that will arch from Oregon to South Carolina. At its fullest, the eclipse will bring a couple of minutes or so of strange twilight....

“We’ve all been hoping for clear skies, free of cloud cover for the August 21st solar eclipse so we can get a good view of the Moon pass in front of the Sun. But do eclipses themselves have any impact on our weather? When a solar eclipse occurs, the Sun, Moon, and Earth are in precise alignment; so precise that the Moon will cover the entire disc of the Sun...

Shawn Cooney swings open the door of a 320-square-foot industrial shipping container to reveal a futuristic setting: hundreds of edible plants growing in vertical columns, fed by the energy from strings of neon red and blue LED lights. Nutrient-infused water cascades from ceiling spigots down through artificial root systems in the growing towers. The temperature...

The corner of Harrison and Halsted streets doesn’t feel very rural, with traffic buzzing by the busy intersection and the Willis Tower looming in the background. But that will soon change. Students Dorrian Neeley and Lashawn Evans, both in the undergraduate Human Development and Learning program in the College of Education, have developed UIC’s first urban garden...

“Amanda Gerber never meant for this to happen. But there she was one day last week, dressed in a straw hat, jeans and fancy, dirt-caked cowboy boots, tromping out of a raised bed where she had been tearing out spent green bean plants. “It’s a little overwhelming,” said Gerber, a mother of two and co-owner of Nottalotta Acres, a patchwork farm of 10 parcels...

“Each Ant Space is an ecosystem. Play with the life inside. The narrow habitat makes the game one of subtle manipulation. Sculpt the scene only from above. Drop in seeds and water, add more ants and colored sand. Intelligently design a complex balance of creatures and plants. The Ant Space will evolve over years as a co-creation between the life within and...

This retrofitted ex-shipping container in a parking lot in Broadway East is hardly your grandfather’s farm. And in his skinny jeans, black sneakers and recycled-materials T-shirt, J.J. Reidy will remind no one of the guy with the pitchfork and overalls in Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.” Reidy, 29, is the founder and CEO of Urban Pastoral Collective, a two-year-old...

Autumn and Christian are two of the urban gardening volunteers working in northwest Spokane plots for the group Growing Neighbors. They’ve gone to property owners and asked to borrow little bits of private land in their northwest Spokane neighborhood to grow food. The organization is run by John Edmondson, who invited us to see what Growing Neighbors is doing. To...