Typically, urban children today are given little or no opportunity for physical contact with nature.
03 Aug 2012
For most schools, the start of the new academic year heralds a new beginning for various co-curricular activities. I recently participated in the inauguration of the Green Club of BM English School. For the past two years, this club has been actively involved in growing and maintaining an organic vegetable and herb garden on their school premises. The produce is used at the school canteen and the surplus shared among the members.
August 9, 2012 Comments Off on Little Green Thumbs in Bangalore, India
City Farmer initiated the Strathcona Community Garden project 28 years ago
The wording on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation plaque reads:
Dedicated Strathcona residents, gardeners and artists have transformed three acres of the former False Creek mud flats and city garbage dump into a flourishing community garden that has served as the model for a city-wide community garden program. Its apple orchard, herb garden and wetlands provide a much needed respite from city life.
August 9, 2012 1 Comment
A rooftop terrace of 1000 square feet
By Urban Leaves
August 7, 2012
Who says one needs land to grow vegetables? And who feels that Organic farming practices do not give sufficient yields?
A visit to our enthusiastic member Vipul Sanghvi’s terrace will put to rest any such doubts.
After dedicatedly making Amrut Mitti for a year the roof top garden in a span of six months resembles a food forest. Renamed as the ‘Kasturi Vaatika’, this space of about 1000 sft. has been consistently yielding vegetables – enough to sustain 3 or 4 families’ daily requirements.
August 9, 2012 Comments Off on Vipul Sanghvi – a full fledged City Farmer in Mumbai, India
Mark Kearney, center, leads a group of students on a tour of the Court Street Urban Farm in the Central Ward section of Newark. Mr. Kearney came to the farm after getting out of prison two years ago as part of the Greater Newark Conservancy’s vocational programming for offenders. Photo by Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal: Down Home in Newark
By Heather Haddon
Wall Street Journal
August 8, 2012
NEWARK—Newark may be known for many things, but its homegrown hydroponic lettuce, chicken coops and bushels of local kale aren’t among them.
But city officials in New Jersey’s largest city are increasingly turning to urban farming as a tool to reclaim vacant land and provide jobs, just as similarly gritty cities like Detroit and Baltimore have already done.
“We want Newark to be a green city,” said Adam Zipkin, Newark’s deputy mayor and the director of the Department of Economic and Housing Development. “It’s an attempt to create a local food system and to grow produce here that we distribute locally.”
August 9, 2012 Comments Off on New Jersey’s Largest City, Long a Symbol of Decay, Gives Urban Farming a Try
Urban Agriculture Art
Aug 1, 2012
Walking near the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle I came across a fun urban ag installation. Unsigned and anonymous these hanging gardens swing from tree to tree along the street, happy just to be. Tomatoes, lettuce and herbs sprout up from plastic milk jugs and an innovative drip irrigation scheme is tucked into the street trees. I assumed the garden was a guerrilla art work, until a little research this morning enlightened me –
August 9, 2012 Comments Off on Hanging Gardens of Seattle