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“By the end of the 20th century, nearly 80% of Americans lived in urban areas. And they no longer knew who grew their food. Then something happened. Across America, an urban farming movement has begun. Whether it’s on city rooftops, beside freeway off-ramps, in vacant lots, and even in their front yards, when people like Novella Carpenter in Oakland,...

“With a limited amount of space and difficulty using heavy machinery, most rooftop farms tend to grow high-value and easy-to-harvest crops, especially fruits and vegetables. But one rooftop farm in Chicago is finding that rooftop gardening can go beyond lettuce and tomatoes.” A new 5,000 square foot rooftop garden now hosts wildflowers and winter wheat....

“Chef John Mooney believes so strongly in local food that for his latest restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village, most of his produce travels just 60 feet from the building’s roof to his kitchen. He’s able to grow nearly two-thirds the vegetables for his restaurant- Bell, Book & Candle- because he doesn’t rely on soil. Instead, Mooney...

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“It was a scene that’s become familiar since the announcement in 2009 of her commitment to healthy eating and reducing childhood obesity: Michelle Obama was down in the dirt on Thursday afternoon with nearly two dozen students from Washington, D.C., schools, picking the White House Kitchen Garden’s final crop of fruits and vegetables before winter sets...

“The farm’s solar power is generated by 23,000 mirrors that reflect sunlight towards a 115-meter (377-foot) high receiver tower. On a sunny day, up to 39 megawatts of energy can be produced—enough to power the desalination plant and supply the greenhouse’s electricity needs, NewsScientist explained.” To read the entire article, visit:...

Paris has passed a new law stating that ANYONE is allowed to plant and grow food in urban areas within city limits.  After applying for a permit, gardeners will be able to grow wherever they want! Flower boxes, rooftops, under trees, on walls or even on fences.  Gardeners can choose from flowers, vegetables or fruit.  The mayor’s goal was to create more...

“They knew they had to maximize greenhouse space so they decided to grow vertical and to grow differently. They experimented with hydroponics and finally settled on aeroponics. “So aeroponics is similar to hydroponics using water rather than soil, but it’s mist,” explains Benjamin. “It’s a mist that comes on inside the growing...

“Sheila Cassani began farming her rental home while a college student. She started with a small vegetable patch, but it soon spread to keeping chickens and bees and planting produce on nearly every available patch of the small yard not dedicated to the poultry. Cassani and her partner Matthew wake up at the crack of dawn to let the chickens go free-range, but...

“There is a growing trend of people seeking to connect with nature and create more sustainable local food systems. A diverse variety of urban spaces are appearing across the globe. Inner city vacant plots and verges, community gardens and roof top gardens have appeared throughout urban and suburban environments. Unused spaces are being converted into productive...

25 percent of the population fled Detroit between 2000 and 2010. Large amounts of the downtown retail area are vacant as well. Meanwhile, urban homesteaders are flocking to the area in search of great deals on housing and neighborhoods with a “hipster” type vibe. “Former landscaper and University of Michigan social psychology student Tyson Gersh,...

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Just a few weeks ago in Florida, a judge made a ruling that growing vegetables in your front yard is illegal. It took place in the upscale village of Miami Shores, and now allows action to be taken against residents who want to grow food in their yards. “Seems, in at least one part of America, that growing your own food is now a crime.” “Given the high...

Farming once required a lot of space, but that’s not the case anymore. Homegrown produce is becoming more and more available to city dwellers across the world. “A company called Click & Grow wants to make farming at home as easy as pressing a button. After successfully launching the personal Smart Herb Garden last year, it has now announced a new...

Lower Manhattan is being transformed into an “Old MacDonald” type area where eager children will learn about animals and agriculture alike. “What we’re doing is transforming the seaport into an imaginative farm,” said Susanne Brose, who developed the event with Sandra Velez. Two years ago, Ms. Brose established FreshKids, a company that produces...

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“Perched on the third floor overlooking the grand river, the Hydroponic Rooftop Farm consists of Small Green Houses, Sprouting Rooms, Green Houses, and Green Tunnels. Plants are grown in a mineral-rich solution on specially constructed growing platforms under controlled temperature and lighting conditions. A variety of Asian vegetables, Western vegetables,...