Food System

Believe it or not, it may be illegal to grow your own food

Apr 30th, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

The city and town names may change, but the stories are strikingly similar. Every year, new tales of urban gardeners who are cited for “illegally” growing food in their yards or on vacant lots bubble up. Find out how some home gardeners are fighting these charges, and what you can do if your front yard garden get cited.
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High-Rise Urban Farming

Aug 31st, 2015 | By Nikki Carenza

Farming may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of New York City, but some of its residents have solved the challenge of restricted space by utilizing the city’s most underused space: rooftops. A recent visit to Brooklyn Grange demonstrated how creative farmers today can produce local food no matter where they live.
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Adventures in Indoor Growing

Oct 23rd, 2014 | By Katy Franklin

Over the last few months, we’ve been experimenting with a menagerie of indoor food-growing systems at our office: a vertical garden, a hydroponic system and an aquaponic system. While the versions we've installed won't revolutionize the local food landscape in our neighborhood, if scaled up, these alternative growing methods have the potential to help urban areas meet the growing demand for food. We wanted to get hands-on with a few of these methods to learn more and to provide a showcase of what's possible. Here's how we did...
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Dan Susman: 'Urban Farming Is Our Generation’s Back to the Land Movement'

Jul 8th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

Today, we’re featuring a guest post from our friend Dan Susman, director and producer of Growing Cities, a documentary about America’s urban farming movement. Right now, he's raising money to help get the film featured on PBS through a Kickstarter campaign that ends tomorrow, July 9. Let's help him reach his goal!
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3 New Urban Farm Projects To Watch

Nov 27th, 2013 | By Nicole Rogers

The urban farming movement is going strong, with organizers worldwide working to bring food production into urban areas. Urban food production improves city dwellers' access to fresh food, promotes food justice, and reduces transportation costs. Check out three up-and-coming urban farming projects tailor-made to suit the needs of their communities.
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'Growing Cities' Digs Into Urban Farming

Oct 17th, 2013 | By Laura Waldman

Recently we had the pleasure of speaking with Dan Susman, director and producer of the new documentary *Growing Cities*. The film follows Dan and his co-producer Andrew Monbouquette across the United States as they examine the growing urban farming movement. The Nebraska natives visited a total of 80 farms in vacant lots, rooftops, and backyards and interviewed the passionate people from all walks of life who tend them. Along the way, they learned a lot about community, food justice, and eating urban squirrels (spoiler: try at your own risk).
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Chicago Puts Urban Gardens on the Map

Feb 8th, 2013 | By Amy Leibrock

Mapping urban agriculture efforts in major cities isn't a new idea—various projects in cities like [San Francisco](https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=214070758174767497093.0004b75dc4d1b5ba7b51f&msa=0), [New York](http://gardenmaps.org/) and [New Orleans](http://www.noffn.org/2013/01/growing-sites-markets-other-sites-in-nola/) plot out where their community gardens, urban farms and school gardens are located. But a new project in Chicago has dug deeper than the others by attempting to account for every backyard vegetable garden in the city.
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Urban Edibles

Jul 27th, 2012 | By Aubrey Yee

Ever wondered what it would be like to forage in your own urban environment? How hard would it be to find edible foods in your neighborhood? Urban Edibles is a Portland, Oregon based non-profit that is taking the guess work out of finding wild edible foods around the city.
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