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“Your Farm in the City” – new book from Seattle Tilth

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An Urban-Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals

By Lisa Taylor and The Gardeners of Seattle Tilth
Paperback , 336 pages
Published by Black Dog & Leventhal
$18.95(US) Available Feb 23, 2011.

The Book:

The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to running a small farm on a city lot or in a suburban backyard.

Eating locally and growing one’s own food is a rapidly evolving movement in urban settings – Hantz Farms in Detroit has transformed 70 acres of abandoned properties into energy-efficient gardens, and Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, a 6,000-foot vegetable farm in Brooklyn, New York, yields 30 different kinds of produce, while private square-foot farms are cropping up in cities all over the country.

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January 6, 2011   Comments Off on “Your Farm in the City” – new book from Seattle Tilth

25th anniversary of the destruction of The Garden of Eden – in New York City

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The Garden of Eden, December 30, 1978. Photo by Harvey Wang

Adam Purple and the Garden of Eden – Photographs by Harvey Wang

Harvey Wang, Photographer
January 4, 2011

NEW YORK: January 8, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the destruction of The Garden of Eden, an earthwork created by Adam Purple that once spanned five city lots on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This selection of Harvey Wang’s photographs, for the most part unpublished and on display for the first time, documents the expansion of the Garden from 1978 to 1985. Rare prints of a few of Adam’s 1975-76 negatives will also be shown.

In 1975, Adam Purple set out to plant a garden behind his tenement building at a time when the Lower East Side was a crime-ridden wasteland. It was a massive undertaking – the site had been buried in rubble from the demolition of two other tenements. While clearing nearly 5,000 cubic feet of debris using only simple tools and raw muscle power, Adam began to create his own topsoil from materials he found at the site and around the city.

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