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CHICAGO — Urban farming has become more common in Chicago neighborhoods, and now lawmakers have begun pushing for stricter legislation that could regulate the number of animals for each household and impose more requirements. A recently proposed ordinance would ban roosters from residential areas in the city and allow no more than six hens and two livestock animals...

Rising from the ashes of decades of urban decay, the US city of Detroit is fast becoming an urban farming capital. Many residents are now producing organic food locally – reducing the environmental footprint of their food by cutting down on carbon emissions from transport and on chemical inputs. They are also helping revive communities as new green spaces...

Sometimes, the best foods are underrated, but I hope that’s not the case when it comes to butternut squash. This creamy food hasn’t been around long, but it’s quickly become an incredibly common (rightfully so!) part of many healthy diet routines thanks to all the wonderful things butternut squash nutrition provides. Why is this such a good thing? Could it...

Nothing is more unfestive than a sagging, rotting Jack-O-Lantern on your front porch. To be sure your Trick-or-Treaters enjoy your pumpkin artwork through Halloween, we’ve put together some of the best tips to help prolong Jack’s life just a bit longer. First, try not to carve too early. The pumpkin is a fruit, and once it has been carved, it’s exposed to...

Jerry and I recently rented an excavator, and I found a brand-new thrill unearthing the large root balls of cut gorse, which had created an almost impenetrable wall of shrubbery 15 feet tall at our new place in Bandon before we spent the last year leveling it to stumps. Although I was excited about clearing away the last remnants of gorse, I was less than thrilled...

On a recent Saturday afternoon, Iyeshima Harris surveyed the bounty of an urban farm on a Brooklyn block with more greenery than buildings: rows of Swiss chard and collard greens, trellises wrapped with long bean vines, and fig trees drooping with fruit. Harris is the project director of East New York Farms, which operates three urban farms and a garden, along with...

DENVER (CBS4) — An urban agrihood community in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood is providing a greener lifestyle, for residents and the public. The condominiums in S*Park, or Sustainability Park, have environmentally-friendly features like solar power, recycled brick and compost valet. READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/10/11/agrihood-development-brings-urban-farming-to-denver/ ...

Finding the Avenue 33 Farm is a serious challenge. Plug the address into GPS and you end up on a steep residential street packed with older, neatly landscaped homes. To the west, downtown L.A. fills the horizon and, to the south, your destination looks like a modest home with a slightly scruffy front yard and a long, sloping driveway that ends with a carport. How...

National Farmers’ Day 2019 is today, October 12. It is a day to honor all farmers in the U.S., and pay tribute to great farmers throughout history. But how exactly should you celebrate National Farmers’ Day? Why not go shopping for products that support your local farms? Alternatively, you could attend farmers’ markets and buy products directly....

LOS ANGELES – A widely used agricultural pesticide that California environmental officials have said has been linked to brain damage in children will be banned after next year under an agreement reached with the manufacturer, state officials announced Wednesday. Under the deal, all California sales of chlorpyrifos will end on Feb. 6, 2020, and farmers will have...

IRVINE, Calif. — Eunice and Olive, two resident chickens at the Farm + Food Lab in Irvine, just returned to a nice clean roost thanks to a volunteer team from the community-based, global design and architecture firm, Stantec. Throughout the year Farm + Food Lab hosts countless volunteers who come to help maintain the site and to learn sustainable gardening...

Unlike a traditional farm, the sprouting plants here grow without soil. They flourish atop vast racks with water trenches running through them that are slightly angled so that gravity helps the irrigation water shuttle around the closed system, instead of using energy-sucking pumps to move water around. Nutrients that the plants need are dissolved into the water,...

Downtown Brooklyn may seem like an unlikely staging ground for the future of farming — but at Gotham Market Hall in late September, 75 attendees at a “Shark Tank”-style pitch contest bore witness to just that. The Future of Farming Pitch Contest featured five finalists from the urban agriculture industry, each presenting a three-minute pitch, complete with...

Grow Pittsburgh, which promotes regional urban agricultural initiatives, plans to expand through a $50,000 state grant that will help pay for a new greenhouse. Jake Seltman, executive director of the Homewood-based organization, said Grow Pittsburgh would continue to partner with The Frick Pittsburgh for use of its greenhouse. He said a second greenhouse would provide...

GREENFIELD — Winter is coming and as the frost begins to linger, bees and butterflies are searching for somewhere to survive the freezing months. On Wednesday, gardener, photographer and pollinator advocate Larri Cochran will give a talk entitled “Fall Gardening for Pollinators: Helping Bees and Butterflies Survive Winter,” during which attendees will learn...

With her background in advocacy, welcoming smile, air of refinement, and down-for-doing-business demeanor, it would be easy to assume that when Gail Taylor visits Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., every Wednesday, she’s going to meet congressional staffers for high-stakes legislative deal making. But instead of heading into the halls of Congress in a power suit,...

(photo: @NYCzerowaste) In the past few years, the issue of soil contamination has gained the attention of environmental groups in New York City. New Yorkers have ample reason to be concerned about their soil. While the city is cleaner than it used to be, decades of pollution left our local soil thick with toxic levels of heavy metals. For years, the presence and persistence...

When Christian Echternacht gets invited to dinner, he likes to bring tilapia and basil rather than wine or flowers. His friends have grown used to it by now. They know that the fish and the plants have something in common: Both are harvested by Echternacht himself. They make great fish burgers topped with basil mayonnaise. The ingredients prosper in the urban farm...

You may have heard some terms thrown around describing certain garlic varieties but what do they mean? Below we’ll give you a brief description of what Hardneck and Softneck really mean in the garlic world. Hardneck Garlic: Hardneck garlic has fewer cloves per bud than the softneck varieties. They will produce a flower stalk, or scape, that will need to be...

On his way home, Darnell Eleby paused before boarding the commuter train in Atlanta’s Five Points station and maneuvered his wheelchair to a stop not seen on many mass transit platforms: a fresh food stand stocked with colorful fruits and vegetables from city gardens that are adding some color to the Chicago streets. Aided by a volunteer, he filled a basket with...