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!
The Brooklyn Grange (largest rooftop farm in the world!), has announced plans to build a second rooftop farm in Brooklyn AND launch an ambitious apiary project to produce more than 1,000 pounds of honey annually.
As Food Growing Project Coordinator at the Food Bank for Westchester, Doug DeCandia manages a joint production-vocational program to grow fresh produce for those who experience food insecurity in Westchester. [Podcast length: 27 min.]
This week's hero is Will Allen, the now-legendary urban farmer from Milwaukee whose organization Growing Power is at the forefront of the "good food revolution."
An interview with Bill Di Paola, director of Time's Up! environmental organization.
Ecocentric returns to the Brooklyn Grange, the world's largest rooftop farm, to take in the view and catch up with co-founder Gwen Schantz. Check out the interview to hear her thoughts about roofs, urban ag and future plans.