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April 1944 – Actress Laraine Day poses in Victory Garden cover shot

Actress Laraine Day (1920 – 2007) poses in a gardener’s costume while surrounded by various vegetables for the April 1944 issue of PIC magazine, New York. Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images.

Excerpt from her obituary in the New York Sun (Nov 11, 2007): Laraine Day, 87, Film Actress and ‘First Lady of Baseball’

After a quickie Mexican divorce of her first husband in 1947, the Mormon movie starlet married Durocher, the foul-mouthed New York Dodger’s skipper who up to that point was despised by all but the team’s fans. The pair settled down for a decade or so of married bliss that saw Day, who kept her movie-star name, dubbed by the press “the First Lady of Baseball.”

Durocher, in the meantime, incurred further obloquy by bolting the Dodgers mid-season in 1948 for the crosstown rival Giants. Yet the marriage seemed to soften his image as well, especially after Day began broadcasting a pre-game show on WPIX, the Giants’ station at that time, in which she focused on players’ human side rather than game action. By her own account, the first time Day encountered Durocher, her first question had been, “What is a Dodger?”

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March 31, 2014   Comments Off

Kardashians plant a vegetable garden

Kourtney, Kendall, Kim, Khloe, Kylie, Kris

Photo by Kristian Dowling/KK/Getty Images for GI
06 Aug 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA (L-R) Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kris Jenner plant a vegetable garden at their family home on August 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

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March 11, 2014   Comments Off

1925 – Silent Screen Star ‘Buster Keaton’ Had a Food Garden

Actor gardens with his sons Bob and Joe

Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Circa 1925: American star of the silent screen Buster Keaton (1895 – 1966) at work in the front garden of his bungalow at MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer) studios, with his two sons Bob and Joe. The bungalow, named ‘Keaton’s Kennel’ was built for him as a dressing room.

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March 6, 2014   Comments Off

Panoramic view of Brooklyn Grange – Urban Rooftop Farm

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Favorite crops grown on the Grange roof year after year

Excerpt from their website:

Salad Mixes
Our greens mix is a fresh blend of spicy mustards, sweet lettuces, bitter chicories, and bright colors. Our signature mixes evolve throughout the year, depending on which leaves prefer cool weather, warm weather, and varying sunlight. Kales, chicories, and spinach survive the winter, and pop up sweet and crisp in the early spring.

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January 4, 2014   Comments Off

New York Photographer, George Hirose, sheds light on East Village’s community gardens

Dias Y Flores #1, (13th St. betwn Ave A & B), 2011. Click on image to enlarge.

Magic Gardens: Night-time Photographs from the East Village Community Gardens

By Sabina Mollot
Town & Village Blog
December 26, 2013
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As for his own interest in the gardens, for Hirose, they were always a way to meet likeminded people, artists, musicians and other characters, along with the nightclubs in the Lower East Side in the 70s and 80s. They were also a way to enjoy a bit of nature close to home, allowing a brief escape from the crime-ridden streets and graffiti-covered buildings.

However, even as the neighborhood gentrified over the years since then, the volunteer-run gardens still remained a special place to Hirose. A couple of them even had play areas for kids, and he would take his daughter to the gardens when she was younger.

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January 2, 2014   Comments Off

Photographs from Detroit: Survival, renewal and urban farming

Photo by Erica Yoon.

“I like to believe that we [are] holding this place together,” says Kadiri Sennefer, Detroit resident and a farm manager at D-Town Farm.

Denver Post
Oct 24, 2013


Erica Yoon visited Detroit in October 2012 to investigate urban gardening initiatives for a project as a graduate student in photojournalism at Ohio University. The idea of urban farms popping up amid the chaos in Detroit seemed to be a great way to visualize how people were attempting to weather the economic storm there. She spent ten days meeting people, photographing and trying to parse what she’d read about Detroit from what she was hearing from people on the ground.

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October 29, 2013   Comments Off

Giant vegetables at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, England

Peter Glazebrook of Newark poses with his first prize giant onion. Photo by Reuters.

Should The Guinness Book Of Records World Record Be Broken, An Extra £1000 Will Be Added To The First Prize. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be shared.

Our famous giant vegetable competition is set to get even bigger this autumn with five new classes weighing in for the battle with a bulge.

Tipping the scales in this year’s contest of the colossi will be the heaviest marrows, cabbages, carrots, leeks, beetroots, pumpkins, potatos, tomatoes and parsnips.

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October 22, 2013   Comments Off

Rooftop Farm Wedding in New York

This shoot, produced by Viva Max Weddings and Molly Oliver Flowers, celebrates the beauty and abundance of Brooklyn farming while highlighting an amazing wedding look that is bold, rich, lush and of course beautiful.

Rustic Urban Wedding Ideas At Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm

Wedding Chicks


From Viva Max Weddings:
This shoot, produced by Viva Max Weddings and Molly Oliver Flowers, celebrates the beauty and abundance of Brooklyn farming while highlighting an amazing wedding look that is bold, rich, lush and of course beautiful. We wanted to show that a farm wedding can be elegant and hip, not just hippie. Viva Max Weddings and Molly Oliver Flowers curated a group of vendors that really embraced this lush feeling and kept things Brooklyn-focused, beautiful and eco-friendly. Les Loups Pictures + Songs captured everyone’s immense talent despite the fact that we were hit by numerous torrential rainstorms throughout the day. The images are breathtaking. Paperfinger’s hand written calligraphy was sprinkled throughout the shoot. That splash of color and wild feel to her words added so much energy to our look.

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September 13, 2013   Comments Off

Chinese Farmers – Replica Eiffel Tower – Ghost Town


Faux Paris in China – Photos by Aly Song

By Aly Song
Aug 2, 2013

A farmer carrying a rake walks down a dirt road past a replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Tianducheng development area in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Tianducheng, developed by Zhejiang Guangsha Co Ltd, started construction in 2007 and was known as a knockoff of Paris with a scaled replica of the Eiffel Tower standing at 108 metres (354 ft) and Parisian houses.

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August 3, 2013   Comments Off

Top of the plots – Britain’s best allotments

Bristol permaculture guru Mike Feingold has four plots which he uses to demonstrate, trial and teach permaculture principles. Photo by Mark Diacono.

What began as book research – to find beautiful and interesting allotments – became a pilgrimage to Britain’s top plots

By Lia Leendertz
The Guardian
12 April 2013
Last year Lia Leendertz and Mark Diacono tracked down 30 of the most beautiful and interesting allotments in the country for their new book My Cool Allotment.


The allotmenters on whom photographer Mark Diacono and I eventually settled ran the complete gamut, from the old boys doing things the traditional way – all sharply edged and weed-free beds – to the permaculturists seeking out a new and more sustainable path, with not an inch of bare ground to show for themselves. Each would be horrified by the other’s plots, but each starts from the same basic point: the same-sized plot of rented land and a desire to grow. Artists, jam-makers, a prize dahlia grower and a grower of dye plants had all turned their plots to their own particular needs. We found orchards, vineyards, cut flower gardens and national plant collections, all as different as can be, all homed in plots of roughly 10 poles (to use the medieval word that lingers on purely for the measuring of allotments) or about 250 square metres.

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May 4, 2013   1 Comment

Time-lapse film shows a year in a family’s food garden

‘A Year in the Garden’ in Los Angeles

By Brad Hiebert
April 2013

My family was just about to start our first full season in our local community garden when I decided it would be fun to document our growing attempts. Our motivation was simple… grow organic, healthy food… spend time together, teach my daughter where food really comes from, cut our grocery bill. Plus, as I found out, digging in the dirt is very therapeutic. And when it comes to picky kids … If they grow it, they will eat it!

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April 23, 2013   1 Comment

Cultivating Urban Gardens in Barcelona, Spain

Horta neighbourhood. Photo by Stefanie Fock. See larger image here.

Putting the countryside into the city means changing the city’s rhythm to the rhythm of nature

Photo Exhibition and story by Stefanie Fock


Where there is always more bored people waiting for somebody to entertain them in the urban environment; in Barcelona and its surroundings there are a lot of people who create spaces actively to bring nature and knowledge about our food to the city and at the same time they take care of a more healthy and conscious diet. This photo-documentary visualizes the gardens of this city as heterogeneous as its inhabitants and it shows the differences between the reclamation of space and the controlled distribution of parcels by the government.

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April 21, 2013   Comments Off

Todd Selby Photographs Urban Farmer Annie Novak

anniechickPhoto by Todd Selby.

At Eagle Street Farm – Brooklyn – November 30th 2010

Todd Selby is a portrait, interiors, journalist and fashion photographer and illustrator. His project The Selby offers an insider’s view of creative individuals in their personal spaces with an artist’s eye for detail.

Todd’s first book, The Selby is In Your Place, was released in May 2010 by Abrams. Todd recently launched Edible Selby, in collaboration with NYTimes T Magazine in which he photographs the most creative and interesting people in food around the world.

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April 21, 2013   Comments Off

Old Photos of Allotments in Manchester, UK

Allotment being worked, Piccadilly Gardens, 1942. Larger image here.

From the Manchester Archives

Southern Cemetery Allotments, Princess Road, 1944

Allotments, Exbury Street, Manchester, 1972

Prince Phillip visit to Cheetham Model Allotments , 1972

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April 20, 2013   Comments Off

Allotments in the Avanchets estate, Geneva, Suisse (46°12’N, 6°09’E)

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The Earth From Above by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

The first allotments in Europe were established at the end of the 19th century, to give workers the chance to improve their lot. The example was taken up in Switzerland as early as the First World War. Today, the 900,000 Swiss allotments cover 50,000 hectares, the equivalent of 3,000 medium sized farms. Worldwide, there are 800 million amateur farmers in built up areas. In estates in south eastern Asia and some towns in central and South America, many people depend on this activity for survival.

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April 18, 2013   2 Comments