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Rooftop Ready Seeds in Brooklyn, New York

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“I focus on selecting varieties that grow well in containers and can handle our crazy urban heat island weather.”

Founded by Zach Pickens

Launched in 2010, Rooftop Ready Seeds has launched a new website and online store, offering 25 varieties of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for urban gardeners in New York City. Rooftop Ready Seeds is the first seed company to offer New York gardeners a line of locally-grown seed tailored to their unique urban climate and container planting conditions.

All Rooftop Ready Seeds are open-pollinated and grown using only organic methods in several rooftop locations in and around Brooklyn–including a special seed-saving partnership with Brooklyn Grange. Each variety of seed is collected from individual plants that have proven to thrive year after year in the urban garden environment, with some varieties representing sixth-generation seeds.

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“‘The Allotment’ hotel design wins first place in Rethink Hotels contest

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“The Allotment” By Dean Moran

Tablet Magazine
February, 2013

Exceprt:

At the most fundamental level, a hotel is a machine for generating privacy — shelter, comfort, and peace and quiet are its most basic aims. Turning this private experience into a social one has proved to be a difficult challenge for the world’s hoteliers. Maybe that’s why the winner of our Rethink Hotels contest seems to have looked to restaurateurs, rather than hoteliers, for inspiration.

The Allotment uses food, not sleep, to structure the guest experience. It’s made up of four distinct elements, the first being the Allotment Market, where local producers and retailers sell food grown and made in the area in and around New York City. It’s a magnet for food-minded visitors, as well as a source for the dishes prepared by the hotel’s restaurant.

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Supurbfood: Towards sustainable modes of urban and peri-urban food provisioning

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Urban And Peri-Urban Agriculture And Short Food Chains: Lessons From The South

By Marielle Dubbeling
Director RUAF Foundation
March 2013

The SUPURBFOOD project (www.supurbfood.eu) is looking to identify experiences from the global South and North with recycling of nutrients, waste and water in urban and peri-urban agriculture, short chain delivery of food in urban and peri-urban areas, and multifunctional agriculture in urban and peri-urban areas in order to enrich South-North exchange and collaboration. We are specifically interested in innovative experiences – with a special focus on the type of business models that were applied, the role of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and their sustainability.

The RUAF Foundation (www.ruaf.org), one of the partners of the SUPURBFOOD project, is now inviting researchers, local authorities, urban planners, SMEs, producers, NGOs, staff from international organisations and other stakeholders to contribute on an electronic Forum discussion to this inventory and analysis by sharing relevant cases, interesting best practices (and failures) and new insights. This Forum discussion will focus on three main thematic areas:

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