Urban Farming

Earth Day NYC Takes on Food Challenge

By geneva

Across the country environmental groups, municipalities, and citizens are coming together in a variety of ways to celebrate Earth Day. New York City is raising awareness by holding EarthFair 2009 this weekend at Grand Central Station. In addition to initiatives that aim to reduce carbon emissions, help endangered animals, and plant more trees, attention is [...]

Budget Cuts Come to NYC Compost Project

By geneva

The average New York City household discards two pounds of organic waste a day. Until recently the NYC Compost Project collected and composted leaves, gave indoor compost bins to interested New Yorkers, and offered extensive workshops on how to compost in the city. The city recently stopped composting all leaves due to budget cuts. Gathered [...]

New York City Gardeners Gather

By geneva

Community gardeners from throughout the five boroughs came together this past Saturday to celebrate thirty years of GreenThumb, one of the country’s largest urban gardening programs. Representatives from each garden attended to conference, to collaborate on new ideas, connect with one another, and attend workshops. This was the 25th annual GrowTogether conference run by GreenThumb. [...]

Change Coming to Food Policy from the Top?

By kieran

Will First Lady Michelle Obama inspire Americans to start growing their own vegetables? That remains to be seen, but last week, she began digging what will become a new organic vegetable garden on the White House grounds.
The folks from the Web site, White House Organic Farm Project, are definitely happy about it.
In the city, few [...]

Chickens Fly the Rural Coop

By geneva

Few people who move to New York City expect to awaken to clucking hens, or have their neighbor bring over warm, freshly laid eggs as a welcome. But that’s what’s happening on Dean Street in the North Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.
The Walt L. Shamel (Dean North) Community Garden started raising chickens, for their eggs, [...]

Festival Shows Added Value of Urban Farm

By kieran

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On most weekends, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook sees a steady stream of cars heading to big-box Ikea or Fairway supermarket.
But on Oct. 18, more than 1,000 people gathered at the all-day Red Hook Harvest Festival, located on an urban farm directly across from Ikea, to celebrate urban agriculture [...]