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Up on the roof with Ben Flanner in New York

Brooklyn Grange from Damiano Beltrami on Vimeo.

Creating Urban Agriculture, One Roof At A Time

By Damiano Beltrami
Huffington Post

Traditionally, farmers take it easy in the winter. But urban farmer Ben Flanner has never been so busy. He is trying to get more New York rooftops ready to grow new shingles of Sun Gold tomatoes, salad greens, and carrots before the next season begins.

“We want to see a lot more roofs across the city covered with farms and growing healthy vegetables,” said Flanner, head farmer at Brooklyn Grange, New York’s biggest rooftop farm located (despite its name) in Long Island City, Queens.

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January 23, 2011   Comments Off on Up on the roof with Ben Flanner in New York

Urban farms taking root


Malik Yakini, chair of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, at D-Town Farm. Photo by Catherine Porter.

Organic farming meeting learns communities can grow with good food

By Cathy Woodruff
The Times Unbion
January 23, 2011


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Urban agriculture is about more than growing food, and growing food is about a lot more than farming and gardening, the leader of a Detroit coalition told a statewide organic farming conference on Saturday.

“We’re not just growing food. We are growing communities as well,” said Malik Yakini, who chairs the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. “We’re a post-industrial city that is struggling to find its way,” and “urban agriculture is playing a role in that.”

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January 23, 2011   1 Comment