Category — Photos
Local, Slow, and on the Street
By Devon G. Peña
New Clear Vision
Oct 12, 2012
Devon G. Peña, Ph.D., is a lifelong activist in the environmental justice and resilient agriculture movements, and is Professor of American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, and Environmental Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.
When I see this photograph, something entirely different comes to mind. It is not poverty that I see, but abundance, culture, and right livelihood. The photograph tells me that Mexicans have done local, slow and deep food for a long time. We have practiced urban agriculture from the start and farming in the backyard and on rooftops as well as food vending in sidewalk and plaza markets have been standard activities in the city since the time of the Colhua Mexica (Aztecs).
October 13, 2012 Comments Off on Exploring the Roots of Urban Agriculture in Mexico
UK Photographer Diana J Hale documents community gardens in London
Diana J Hale
Sept 20, 2012
“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating.”
– Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays
September 24, 2012 Comments Off on 50 Shades of Green: Urban Growth, Greening the City and Growing in Pockets
Eric Tourneret’s Megacity Honey – 21st Century Urban Beekeeping – 36 Photos
Eric Tourneret: A photojournalist for 25 years, his favorite work involves studies of subcultures and human interest stories.
The big capitals of the world are showing an amazing enthusiasm for beekeeping. In London, mayor Boris Johnson has launched a campaign to make the capital “bee friendly”… Apiaries and community gardens have been set up, and – in time for the Olympic Games – the city can boast the creation of 2012 parks… In Berlin, the green city, apiaries have been installed since 2011. The city counts 750 beekeepers, and 2,500 hives.
June 27, 2012 Comments Off on Forward Thinking Museum exhibits Eric Tourneret’s urban beekeeping photos
New York photographer Rob Stephenson spent last year documenting farms in New York City.
By Ariella Cohen
Next American City
Whether on a Manhattan rooftop or in an abandoned lot in the Bronx, these experiments in urban agriculture hold the power to change the way the city feeds itself. His lush, large-format photographs tell the story of this growing movement to farm the five boroughs. We interviewed Stephenson about his series, From Roof to Table,which is now on display at The Storefront for Urban Innovation.
Next American City: What inspired you to create this series?
May 12, 2012 Comments Off on Interview: Rob Stephenson on Capturing the Farms of New York City
21 images by Amanda Silvana Coen – Hayseed’s Big City Farm Supply
By Amanda Coen,
When Inhabitat stopped for a visit, Meg Paska, aka the Brooklyn Homesteader, was tending to seedlings. What started as a love for homebrewing and gardening in Baltimore quickly evolved into a beekeeping enterprise after taking a course in 2004. For those who want to start their own beekeeping venture, a visit to Hayseed’s for supplies as well as a consultation with Paska is the perfect remedy. When asked about the clientele, Paska explained that most people that come to the store are interested in getting started with urban farming and don’t necessarily have much experience. More than anything, people seem excited to see something “off-Bedford.”
April 26, 2012 Comments Off on See inside an Urban Farming store in New York
Photo and story series on-line
Farming to Survive. In many poor urban neighborhoods, people have long had to grow some of their own food or tend livestock. Pigs can be kept without a lot of space, and they can eat scraps and garbage. This pen in Pamplona Alta shantytown in Lima, Peru, helps feed a low-income family.
April 23, 2012 1 Comment
Schrebergarten (allotment garden) in Leipzig.Photo Archiv Deutsches Kleingärtnermuseum in Leipzig e.V., Deutschland. The spring exhibition in the Architekturzentrum Wien is devoted to a history of ideas of appropriating land in urban space.
Exhibition: 15.03.2012 – 25.06.2012 – Vienna, Austria
Curator: Elke Krasny
Scenography: Alexandra Maringer
Exhibition graphics: Alexander Schuh
Copyright clearing: Andrea Seidling, Az W
Curator Elke Krasny presents historical and contemporary case studies that illustrate bottom-up urban development in Chicago, Leipzig, Vienna, Bremen, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Porto Alegre, Havanna or Quito.
A Garden Rules Itself
In May 1865, the first Schreber association was opened in Leipzig. Criticism of the city’s inadequate provision of open space and play areas led to the foundation of a school association. According to founder Ernst Hauschild, the association was modeled on self-governed communities in England, with the goals of encouraging “self-confidence, empowerment, and independence”.
March 23, 2012 Comments Off on Case Studies: Hands-On Urbanism 1850 – 2012. The Right To Green
Children eat mango at the Garden at Westerly Creek Park in Denver, CO. Refugees from countries including Bhoutan, Somolia, and Sudan gather at this community farm where they now grow a city block’s worth of produce. Photo © Michael Hanson. See more here.
Book published January 2012
By David Hanson (Author), Edwin Marty (Author), Mark Winne (Foreword), Michael Hanson (Photographer)
University of California Press
Brothers David and Michael Hanson and urban farmer Edwin Marty document twelve successful urban farm programs, from an alternative school for girls in Detroit, to a backyard food swap in New Orleans, to a restaurant supply garden on a rooftop in Brooklyn. Each beautifully illustrated essay offers practical advice for budding farmers, such as composting and keeping livestock in the city, decontaminating toxic soil, even changing zoning laws.
1. P-Patch Community Garden Program, Seattle, Washington • The Neighborhood Garden
HOW TO: Change Your City’s Urban Agriculture Zoning Codes
2. Homeless Garden Project, Santa Cruz, California • The Farm as Therapy
HOW TO: Grow Good, Safe Food
January 12, 2012 1 Comment
2 Photos by Patrick Coswill
January 5, 2012 Comments Off on Urban Farming in Taiwan
Mariah examines a spider web in Eddie Harris’s garden. Harris, a local artist, has converted his lawn into a unique garden in which he paints on trees and creates art with found materials, in addition to growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. By Emily Schiffer — Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund.
Securing Food in Chicagoland
By Emily Schiffer,
a Brooklyn-based photographer
Dec 12, 2011
Halfway through my first month of shooting, I met Orrin Williams, the founder and director of the Center for Urban Transformation. Born and raised in the South Side community of Englewood, he is familiar with Chicago’s problems and invested in finding holistic solutions. After 30 some years advocating urban agriculture and sustainable communities, Mr. Williams is convinced that building chain grocery stores won’t fix the problems. Instead, Mr. Williams has devised a holistic community redevelopment plan. Williams seeks to convert abandoned buildings into locally owned businesses that will enable the community to thrive.
December 13, 2011 Comments Off on Time photo essay – Chicago’s food security and urban agriculture movement
“My guess is that for a terrace garden with about 200 sq ft of 1 foot deep, good quality composted raised bed with the best designs et al put together – you should with easy effort reap more than half a kg of edible matter every day. Definitely possible in winter, other seasons might be little less.”
October 19, 2011 9 Comments
MOO. Green Lake makes new use of word “Urban Farming”
By North Seattle Sarah
Sept 23, 2011
Not a real cow – this one seemed to be made of a combination of paper mache, pvc pipe, and who knows what else. But it certainly did it’s job of bringing the neighborhood together, as I was just one of three groups of people who were out taking photos of her!
September 24, 2011 Comments Off on Cow spotted in Seattle
40 photos of six roofs by Celeste Sloman
By Celeste Sloman
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.
August 17, 2011 Comments Off on Village Voice slideshow – New York’s ‘roof’ food gardens
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.
July 31, 2011 Comments Off on Hollywood stars Attend Second School Gardens Luncheon
Photography by Lori Eanes | Captions by Della Watson
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.
July 24, 2011 Comments Off on Backyard Homesteads: Honey, I Shrunk the Farm