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Artist Heather Passmore Makes a Gooseberry Pie

City Farmer’s gooseberries are ripe for the picking

Heather, dressed in medieval garb, came by the garden today to pick ripe gooseberries. She shared with us her recipe for making gooseberry pie and then biked home to prepare the delicious dessert.

Our gooseberry bush is at least fifteen years old and head gardener Sharon keeps it well pruned. Berries turn from a light green to a red wine colour.

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July 24, 2012   1 Comment

Five Borough Farm: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City

New York City has more than 700 food-producing urban farms and gardens citywide

By Nevin Cohen (Author), Kristin Reynolds (Author), Rupal Sanghvi (Author), Jerome Chou (Editor), Susan Chin (Preface), Ian Marvy (Preface)
Publisher: Design Trust for Public Space; 1ST edition (2012)
169 pages
Download the complete PDF of the book here.

Five Borough Farm: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City provides the most comprehensive picture of the city’s urban agriculture activity to date, recommends initiatives to connect farmers’ and gardeners’ grassroots efforts to municipal policy, and provides a framework for understanding and measuring how urban agriculture contributes health, social, economic, and ecological benefits to the city.

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Urban Farming Project Will Build Banana Plantation in the Middle of Paris

A stunning green house to could make these tropical fruits more accessible in Europe.

By Yi Chen
PSFK.com
July 23, 2012

Excerpt:

Urbanana hopes to rethink urban agriculture with its concept of a vertical banana plantation. The see-through green house is designed by SOA Architects, and hopes to be located in European cities like Paris. Bananas are usually low in supply in Europe and are considered as exotic due to climate and transportation constraints.

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A growing body of research shows that urban farms reduce violence


Gregory Bratton (with chickens) has helped 50 community gardens come into being. He jokes that he’s the South Side’s Johnny Appleseed, except he spreads tomato seeds. Photo by Emily Schiffer.

Plant Tomatoes. Harvest Lower Crime Rates.

Photographs by Emily Schiffer
Text by Alex Kotlowitz
Mother Jones
July/August 2012 Issue

Excerpt:

I suppose the easy thing to do would be to rail against food deserts, the dearth of fresh produce and other healthy foods for those living in impoverished neighborhoods. Or to enter the debate over whether there are, in fact, food deserts. (A couple of recent studies have suggested that proximity to decent grocery stores isn’t the key problem of inner-city nutrition.) But considering Emily Schiffer’s photos, I was reminded of Mother Teresa’s visit to a housing project on Chicago’s West Side in the mid-1980s. What rattled her was not the poverty of the pocketbook. She’d seen worse in India. Rather, it was what she called “the poverty of the spirit.”

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