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With Floating Farm, New York Looks to the Future of Public Parks

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Public foraging farms are sprouting up from coast to coast, but one, in New York, has an especially ambitious social mission.

By Nikki Ekstein
Bloomberg
March 31, 2017

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If you always thought Central Park needed more edible plants, you’re in luck.

Come April, a farm full of fruit trees and other crops will float to locations in three New York City boroughs, and visitors will be invited to enjoy nature by literally picking, snipping, and sowing to their hearts’ content. Located on a 5,000-square-foot barge, “Swale” will include 4,000 square feet of solar-powered growing space, including a perennial garden, an aquaponics area, and an apple orchard sponsored by Heineken USA’s Strongbow Apple Ciders atop a large man-made hill. (The hill allows deeper root space for fruiting trees.)

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UK: Rooftop farming: how nature flourishes on London’s skyline

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Bee London head gardener Sean Gifford on one of the rooftop gardens Credit: Vibol Moeung

Bee London, which represents 320 businesses across the area, is working with the Wildlife Trust to design and deliver greening projects to Midtown

By Alice Vincent
The Telegraph
25 Mar 2017

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The winter purslane at the five star Rosewood Hotel in Holborn is excellent. Served immediately after picking, it is sweet and fresh. Amandine Chaignot, the hotel’s Executive Chef, tells me it’s the best crop they’ve ever had. However, I’m not eating it in the marble-walled serenity of the restaurant, but in the wind and drizzle on Rosewood’s roof, where it is grown in one of Bee London’s rooftop gardens.

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A Q&A With The Urban Farmers Behind Farm LA

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Arlan J. Wood and Emily Gleicher, with their dogs Buck Rogers and Ham Hock, at home in Frogtown. Photos by Jenna Chandler.

On their obsession with lima beans and their plans to plant gardens on abandoned properties

By Jenna Chandler
Curbed Los Angeles
Mar 24, 2017

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Every piece of Emily Gleicher and Arlan J. Wood’s yard in Frogtown is used for gardening. The couple grows a myriad of produce, from white sage to sunflowers to strawberry corn to dragon fruit to the most detested vegetable of childhood: lima beans.

The bounty supplements their diet. They make popcorn, salads, citronella oil, and hot sauce, which Wood has named “Caliente Culo.” But it’s the lima beans that help support Farm LA, the nonprofit they founded in May 2015 to turn abandoned and derelict lots into urban gardens for neighbors to enjoy. They sell the legumes in mason jars at farmers markets along with recipes for mashed lima beans and lima bean hummus.

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