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British designer Vanessa Harden’s Subversive Gardener line of jewelry and accessories

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They tap into the urban, guerrilla gardening movement in which gardeners take over vacant lots or concrete medians for gardens. Harden creates ball caps with hidden garden rakes, rings with garden tools embedded in the design and other sly, clever accessories.

By Vanessa Harden
(Must see. Mike)

Tools for Her is the new collection of accessories designed to function as guerrilla gardening tools. Tools for Her presents a trio of brass ‘nail-dusters’ that can be used as a spade, rake and shovel in urban gardening. Each tool is paired with fabulous nail polish and seed varieties to stylishly integrate gardening assaults into the guerrilla gardener’s daily routine.

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March 8, 2017   Comments Off on British designer Vanessa Harden’s Subversive Gardener line of jewelry and accessories

Bright Farms Hydroponic Greenhouses Move From Urban Farming to Suburban Farming

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After dealing with the high costs and logistical nightmares of developing in urban areas, Bright Farms realized that they could streamline their process by moving just a bit outside the city limits.

By Adele Peters
FastCoexist
Mar 2, 2017

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BrightFarms also has greenhouses in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Culpeper County, Virginia; and Rochelle, Illinois—all also near, but not in, large cities. The new strategy lets the company avoid the costs and challenges of working on urban sites, while still providing a local version of foods like salad greens that would normally travel thousands of miles.

“Like most good strategies, it was driven by some painful experiences,” Paul Lightfoot, CEO of BrightFarms, tells Co.Exist. “Basically, we had a couple of failures. We tried to develop a giant rooftop of a building in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and we also tried to develop an environmentally soiled parcel of land in the city of Washington D.C., owned by the city.”

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Farm Lot 59 Issues Call to Action for Urban Agriculture – Long Beach, California

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Our visitors often don’t know the basics, so I teach the basics, like how to use a shovel or push a wheelbarrow. I often teach what real food looks like as well, with lessons like how to find a tomato amidst its green leaves.

By Sasha Kanno
Long Beach Post
Feb 27, 2017
Sasha is the founder of Long Beach Local, an agriculture-based nonprofit and the farmer and vision behind Farm Lot 59.

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Farm Lot 59 is our amazing place to come to. It’s a peaceful oasis surrounded by nature and varieties of plants from around the globe. It’s a safe place where people of any race and gender can share and receive full respect. It’s not about farming—well, it is—but it’s more. It’s about food policy, transparency, the restaurant industry, retail, chemistry, soil science, education, food culture… it’s endless. Your local farm is a hub for all kinds of good things.

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