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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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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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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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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

From Roof to Table: Photographs by Rob Stephenson

Garden of Happiness, Bronx. Photo by Rob Stephenson

Book is the result of a year long photo urbanism fellowship

By Megan Canning (Editor), Rob Stephenson (Illustrator)
Design Trust for Public Space
November, 2012

From Roof to Table features 35 full-color photographs that beautifully capture New York City’s urban farms and gardens. The winner of the Design Trust’s 2011 Photo Urbanism fellowship, Brooklyn-based photographer Rob Stephenson spent a year visiting over one hundred farms and gardens-from a farm in Staten Island with 10-foot-high stalks of corn to a church rooftop in Manhattan repurposing baby pools to grow fresh food.

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Community Urban Agriculture in Venezuela: The Story of our Merida Garden in Photos

The grass is almost all gone and we can see the fence at the back now! On the other side of that fence we’ve painted our community noticeboard. Photo by Tamara Pearson.

CIARA (Training and Innovationto Support the Agricultural Revolution)

By Tamara Pearson
Oct 19, 2012


With the help of the government, our community council La Columna, in the Andean city of Merida, began a project of urban agriculture so that we can grow food free of agro-chemicals in a way that doesn’t damage the land, recycle organic waste in our composter, contribute to national food sovereignty, and start to break down alienation in our community.

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Photo Essay: Urban Agriculture in Cuba

Photo by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky. A homage to the history of Cuban urban agriculture in the home of Oscar Aleman Perez in Havana. In the 1970s and ’80s, Raul Castro, as Defense Minister, encouraged the development of urban agriculture and oversaw experimental organic farming in military facilities. In those days, the organoponicos, as they came to be known, were introduced in preparation for a possible worldwide embargo of Cuba; today they are a training ground and growth area for Raul Castro’s economic reforms that allow for more small business.

Photos by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky

By Noah Friedman-Rudovsky
North American Congress on Latin America
Oct 18 2012

Noah Friedman-Rudovsky is a freelance photojournalist and videographer. He received a Fulbright fellowship for photography of Bolivia’s social movements in 2004. He later spent two years as official photographer of President Evo Morales. Noah is a contributor to The New York Times, and his coverage of Latin America has also appeared in The New Yorker, Der Spiegel, Paris Match, Time Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, among others. He works frequently for NGOs such as Oxfam, UNICEF, Planned Parenthood, and The Carter Center in the region.

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Exploring the Roots of Urban Agriculture in Mexico

1865 photograph shows two fruit and vegetable vendors in Mexico City.

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).

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50 Shades of Green: Urban Growth, Greening the City and Growing in Pockets

Grenville Community Allotment Garden, Islington, London

UK Photographer Diana J Hale documents community gardens in London

Diana J Hale
Her Blog
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

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Forward Thinking Museum exhibits Eric Tourneret’s urban beekeeping photos

In Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Michael Lueung keeps a hive of Chinese bees on the roof top of the Art galery and library ACO.

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.

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Interview: Rob Stephenson on Capturing the Farms of New York City

Hell’s Kitchen Rooftop Farm, Manhattan 2011. Photo by Rob Stephenson.

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?

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See inside an Urban Farming store in New York

Photos by Amanda Silvana Coen for Inhabitat.

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.”

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National Geographic: Urban Farming Is Growing a Green Future

Photograph by Pilar Olivares, Reuters.

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.

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April 23, 2012   1 Comment