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Village Voice slideshow – New York’s ‘roof’ food gardens

Gotham Greens’ greenhouse assistant, Noelle Stanziale. Photo by Celeste Sloman.

40 photos of six roofs by Celeste Sloman

By Celeste Sloman
Village Voice
August 17, 2011


Throughout the five boroughs, the phenomenon of urban agriculture has greatly developed and spread on the city’s roofs. Rooftop gardening and farming benefits the city not only aesthetically, but environmentally and socially as well. Rooftop gardening provides food, temperature control, recreation, habitats for wildlife, educational opportunities, and hydrological benefits.

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August 17, 2011   Comments Off

Hollywood stars Attend Second School Gardens Luncheon

Amy Smart, Matthew Rhys, Beau Garrett and Malin Akerman attend the Environmental Media Association’s Second Annual School Gardens Luncheon. The School Garden Program sponsors and supports the building of gardens in urban schools across the country. Behind them is a garden that is currently being built at University High School in Los Angeles. Photo credit: Maury Phillips from Wireimage.

Environmental Media Association’s Young Hollywood Board and their School Gardens Program

The Impact of the Young Hollywood Board

Young actors and actresses serve as role models to millions of people, especially youth. Through their actions, celebrities can inspire youth in their formative years, and EMA has recruited celebrities to the program to mentor and actively engage the students in the garden programs.

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July 31, 2011   Comments Off

Backyard Homesteads: Honey, I Shrunk the Farm

Photography by Lori Eanes | Captions by Della Watson

July/Aug 2011


Nope, this herd’s not lost. Urban farmer Kitty Sharkey often takes her four Nigerian dwarf goats for walks through her Oakland, California, neighborhood. The milk-producing goats’ small size makes them well suited for life on a bustling 4,000-square-foot homestead (which includes Sharkey’s 1,500-square-foot house). The breed is known for its gentle, affectionate demeanor; the goats even protect Sharkey’s chickens from predators.

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July 24, 2011   Comments Off

Top 5 Urban Farms in New York City

Tenth Acre Farms (above) had a humble beginning in the backyard of co-founder Jordan Hall’s apartment. Since 2009 though, the trio of farmers have expanded and have taken over an abandoned basketball court at St. Cecilia’s School in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Photo essay: Each of the five farms has something unique to offer

By Krista Leahy
Inhabit New York


With the spring harvest in full swing, New York City’s local farms are bursting with fresh produce. Urban agriculture has taken off in a big way over the last couple of years, and this year seems to be the best yet, with first harvests from newcomers at the Battery Conservancy’s turkey-shaped farm and Gotham Greens’ hydroponic greenhouse. With continued stellar production from Brooklyn Grange, Added Value, and Tenth Acre Farms, New Yorkers are definitely in for a treat this summer. Each of the five farms has something unique to offer but they are all committed to the same thing: making healthy, local food readily available for all New Yorkers.

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June 21, 2011   Comments Off

Inner City Farms: Urban Farms in Vancouver

Andrew Fleming, one of the founding members of Inner City Farms. Image by Adam Blasberg.

Photo Essay by Adam Blasberg

By Adam Blasberg
June 6, 2011


Inner City Farms is an agriculture collective that aims to turn the backyards of Vancouver into productive farmland. It’s a social enterprise whose goal is not only to put food on tables, but to put people in touch with the food they eat. As manicured lawns give way to rows of turnips, lettuce and radishes, and as urban farmhands spread out across the city, we’re reminded that tomatoes aren’t born in plastic six-packs. The next time you sit down to tuck into a meal, ask yourself, Where was this grown? How did it get here?

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June 3, 2011   Comments Off

Photos of allotment garden in Cardiff, Wales

See photos of the garden here.

Cardiff photographer Tom Ashmore visits the Riverside community allotment garden


I was met by a lovely lady of the earth called Jenny Howell, who let me through the gate with a warm-hearted welcome. She gave me a tour of the site and we had a chat about what they’re up to. I was instantly drawn to Jenny. You know the type of people – she had a chirpy voice and was full of life and humour. Being a total garden novice I relied on her expert knowledge to give me an understanding of what they do, why it’s different, and how people benefit from volunteering.

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May 17, 2011   Comments Off

Detroit Chicken Race – Photos by Marvin Shaouni

Photo by Marvin Shaouni. See photos/video of the event here.

17 chickens entered in the race were there to battle it out for charity

Marvin Shaouni Photography Blog
Aug 3, 2010


Along the Cass Corridor, on a graveled vacant lot shadowed by the Masonic Temple, between the Temple Bar and an old renovated fire station, the first ever Detroit Chicken Race was held. The event would see a flux of about 150 people over the course of an early Sunday evening, rolling into dusk.

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April 26, 2011   1 Comment

$5000 photo fellowship topic: “Urban Agriculture in New York City.”

2011 Photo Urbanism Fellowship: Call for Submissions

The Design Trust for Public Space is now accepting submissions from New York-based photographers for the 2011 Photo Urbanism Fellowship. The 2011 fellowship will focus on the topic of “urban agriculture in New York City.” The resulting photographs will inform the current Design Trust project, Five Borough Farm, but the fellow will have full artistic vision over how they approach and interpret the topic.

The Photo Urbanism fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend, a public presentation, and a Design Trust publication dedicated to the fellow’s work at the conclusion of the fellowship. The fellow must be based in New York City in order to concentrate on the specific local content of the program, and is expected to complete their project within one year.

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March 30, 2011   Comments Off

LA Community Gardens – Photo collection

Al Renner, 70, is a familiar name in Southern California community garden circles, legendary for his success in working the system to get more funds and land available for gardens throughout the county. As executive director of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council, he was intimately involved with the effort to heal the trauma from the 2006 destruction of the South Central Farm. He has started three community gardens: one in Silver Lake, one in Echo Park and, most recently, one in Solano Canyon. Photo by Ann Summa.

Link to 23 photos of gardeners and stories about the gardens.

March 12, 2011   Comments Off

Photos – A Year At Eagle Street Rooftop Farm


My year-long photo documentary of Greenpoint, Brooklyn’s Rooftop Farm

By Scott Nyerges

In a far-flung city, in a dispersed digital age, locally based agriculture and neighborhood gardens provide a tangible sense of community and a connection to the land. This project documents the passing seasons at one such community: Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Scott’s photo slideshows document the roof garden from August, 2009 to December 15, 2010

See them here.

January 10, 2011   Comments Off

25th anniversary of the destruction of The Garden of Eden – in New York City


The Garden of Eden, December 30, 1978. Photo by Harvey Wang

Adam Purple and the Garden of Eden – Photographs by Harvey Wang

Harvey Wang, Photographer
January 4, 2011

NEW YORK: January 8, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the destruction of The Garden of Eden, an earthwork created by Adam Purple that once spanned five city lots on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This selection of Harvey Wang’s photographs, for the most part unpublished and on display for the first time, documents the expansion of the Garden from 1978 to 1985. Rare prints of a few of Adam’s 1975-76 negatives will also be shown.

In 1975, Adam Purple set out to plant a garden behind his tenement building at a time when the Lower East Side was a crime-ridden wasteland. It was a massive undertaking – the site had been buried in rubble from the demolition of two other tenements. While clearing nearly 5,000 cubic feet of debris using only simple tools and raw muscle power, Adam began to create his own topsoil from materials he found at the site and around the city.

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January 6, 2011   Comments Off

Japan Today’s picture of the day

Reuters photo.

31st October, 2010

An employee harvests vegetables grown under Hybrid Electrode Fluroescent Lamps (HEFL) inside an office of Pasona Group, an employment and staffing company in Tokyo. Vegetables, fruits and rice are grown and harvested by the employees at the company’s “urban farm,” aimed at creating a working environment coexisting with nature, according to the company. 

Link here.

October 30, 2010   Comments Off

Photo portraits of urban farmers by Joshua David Stein

Annie Novak, Co-founder, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, Greenpoint. Photo by by Joshua David Stein. See all the photos here.

What an Urban Farmer Looks Like – A field guide to the city’s new breed of growers.

By Joshua David Stein
New York Magazine
Sept. 19, 2010


Until the mid-nineteenth century, most of New York City was farmland. Now, thanks to the constant drumbeat of locavorism, some of it is going back to seed. Urban horticulture has long been practiced at hundreds of community gardens around the city. But a new class of growers is more concerned with bolstering a sustainable food system and, if possible, turning a profit than with cultivating a peaceful vegetable plot.

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September 20, 2010   Comments Off

Michelle Obama in the garden


US First Lady Michelle Obama harvests vegetables from her garden June 4, 2010 at the White House. The First Lady recruited chefs from across to join her anti-obesity campaign and help schools serve healthier, tastier meals. Mrs. Obama is calling on the chefs to partner with individual schools and work with teachers and parents to help educate kids about food and nutrition. She said healthy meals at schools are more important than ever because many children get most of their calories at school. AFP Photo by Paul J. Richards.

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September 4, 2010   1 Comment

Breaking Through Concrete visits Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture

A woman tends her 1/4-acre plot at the New Roots for Refugees Farm, Kansas City. Photo by Michael Hanson

Must-see new website – Breaking Through Concrete – stories from the American Urban Farm

Excellent writing, photography, video, all brought together by great web design make this site a pleasure to visit! Beautiful! Mike

Excerpt from visit to Kansas:

Seven women in ankle-length floral dresses bend at the waist in rows of kale or arugula or kohlrabi. Their dark-chocolate hands effortlessly scoop and pick and cut the stems and pull the weeds. The low sun is already hot coming through the hazy white sky that makes the Kansas City downtown in the distance look like a mirage.

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June 10, 2010   Comments Off