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Destruction of Centuries-Old Gardens in Istanbul, Turkey

Corn and other crops growing along the historic city walls. Photo by Jennifer Hattam.

“These gardens are not just part of this neighborhood, they belong to everyone in Istanbul, to everyone in Turkey.”

By Jennifer Hattam
The Atlantic Cities
July 15, 2013


“I don’t know what we’ll do, where we’ll go if our land gets destroyed as well. We don’t have anything else,” says one woman who works a nearby plot along with her husband, scraping out a living selling their chard, corn, radishes, purslane, and herbs at Istanbul’s wholesale fruit and vegetable market.

Like many of the people currently farming along the old city walls, the couple are migrants from Turkey’s Black Sea coast, who have followed in the footsteps of the Greeks, Armenians, Bulgarians, and Albanians who tended the land before them. The specific gardens currently being razed have been identified on a map dating back to 1786, but historical sources indicate that small-scale agriculture was present in the area not long after the UNESCO-designated city walls were built in the 400s.

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East Buffalo Organics – Growing Microgreens

Re-purposing an 1800’s factory into an indoor, organic super-farm, introducing super-healthy microgreens to Buffalo at super-low costs.

By Jude Bulera
Buffalo. NY

Excerpts from their Kickstarter page:


In a nutshell, microgreens are standard vegetables with the unique property that they are harvested at only 2 weeks old. At this point the nutrition stored in the seed is flushed throughout the plant, stockpiling it with nutrients. Combined with the phytochemicals produced from the first set of leaves, microgreens are absolutely loaded with nutrients. A University of Maryland study from October of 2012, the first of its kind, showed a universal increase in the nutrient content of microgreens over their adult counterparts, some varieties having 2,500% to 4,000% more nutrients.

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