Urban agriculture comes in many shapes and sizes. It's in cities and suburbs, and it encompasses everything from soil-based community gardens, to warehouses full of hydroponics, to rooftops farms supplying greens to the restaurants below. Inclusivity in urban agriculture will help our food system grow into a healthier and stronger system for all.
Aziz Dehkan is the Executive Director of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, which promotes the preservation, creation, and empowerment of community gardens. Read our interview to learn about the fascinating history of community gardens in NYC, and how these gardens are an amazing asset to any community.
It's not quite "the Rumble in the Jungle" - more like "the Rumble in the Field." It's the debate over whether or not hydroponic farming and other forms of container growing systems will be permanently allowed into the USDA-certified organic program.
The types of food that can be grown in recirculating farms are expanding rapidly. Systems can be specifically designed to produce a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers and more by using shallow or deep water grow beds, vertical towers and many other creative options. Read on to find out just how much you can grow!
Marianne Cufone, Executive Director of Recirculating Farms Coalition and Farm Manager of Growing Local NOLA raises produce and fish in an aquaponics farm on an abandoned lot in New Orleans. Here, we talk about the challenges she's faced and who's buying her products.
Big Ag's answer to climate change is GMOs, more centralized systems - and irrigation, irrigation, irrigation. We think the answer to building resilience in our food system might be a little closer to home, with innovative agricultural systems like rooftop farming and aquaponics.
Spreading urban farming and food systems know-how to strengthen local communities is Stacey Murphy's expertise. The founder of BK Farmyards, Stacey has been helping others learn and start farms in New York since 2009, and she's got a big plans ahead. Read about BK Farmyards' work and vision in our interview with Stacey here.
Growing Cities is documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power urban farms have to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. Filmmaker Dan Susman believes in a food system that incorporates urban agriculture across the country.
In a recent Heroic Endeavors feature, we interviewed Sharon Feuer Gruber and Wendy Stuart of the Wide Net project. The conversation ranged from marketing invasive fish species to nutrition to the current state of our food system. We liked Sharon and Wendy so much that we decided to run the rest of the interview we had with them!
This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there are always more sustainable tips to pick up. Here, tips on growing your own food, solar power-ing your nest and making the most out of your glassware. (Post 2 of 2)
Catch the premiere of Growing Cities at the Portland Film Festival - it's the best documentary about urban agriculture we've seen to date.
Last month, UNITE HERE Local 1 made their voices heard in a new report advocating for local, sustainable food as a part of ongoing efforts to green Chicago's airports.
Brooklyn Grange has a new rooftop farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. We were there as they were setting it up this spring. Luckily the farm weathered the storm that was Sandy, although their beehives got blown away.
On August 4th, community gardeners from across the five boroughs gathered on the steps of City Hall to show their support for the New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC). There were countless speakers working to influence the Parks Department and the Department of Housing and Development (HPD) to include protection from development in the new proposed legislatio
Community gardens create a space that invites conversation, nourishment and connection. There are approximately 500 community gardens in New York City, many of which are in low-income areas.
Last Thursday, NYC announced far-reaching guidelines on city food sourcing to use its billions of dollars in spending power on sustainable local and regional food. Huzzah!