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Rise of Urban Farming

Rise of Urban Farming
My newest buzzword for 2011 is CSA. I'd never heard the term until recently, but now it seems to be popping up all over, as is interest in sustainable agriculture and urban farming. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture -- the practice of signing up with a local farm for weekly produce and, in some cases, meat and dairy. I first read about CSA in Kristin Kimball's recent memoir, "The Dirty Life," which is justly attracting rave reviews on Amazon. Kimball's book is an engrossing depiction of the back-breaking work and edible rewards of CSA. Urban farming is also on the rise. Urban farming comes in a variety of models. A vision of urban and vertical farming. Next Page: More visions of urban farms.

Family of Four Grows Their Food in a Swimming Pool Images: Youtube screen grabs Food Doesn't Get More Local Than That A family living in Mesa, Arizona, has decided to convert an old unused backyard swimming pool into a very productive DIY urban greenhouse, which they named Garden Pool. Within a small, mostly enclosed space, they grow all kinds of vegetables and herbs, as well as raise chickens and tilapia fish. They started this project in 2009 and expected to be "self-sufficient" by 2012, but they've reached that goal this year, getting "8 fresh eggs a day, unlimited tilapia fish, organic fruit, veggies, and herbs 365 days a year" (though I'm not sure if by self-sufficient they mean that they could theoretically live off the amount of food the Garden Pool produces, or if they actually do it). An Oasis in the Desert There's a more detailed list of things they grow and facts about the Garden Pool here. Photo: The Garden Pool is also off-grid thanks to solar PV! As you can see, space is used very efficiently. Via Gardenpool

Studio G - Garden Design & Landscape Design inspiration » 2009 » February Spring is coming and wedding season will soon be in full swing. I am sensing a trend in this era of cost cutting and economizing that garden weddings (perhaps at cherished family home) are a realistic option for brides. I have had a couple of clients speak with me about developing thier gardens for upcoming events so I thought I would share some ideas for creating a wedding garden. 1. ) Theme your garden with plants that are named with wedding titles like these…. 1. 2.) 1. 3.) and another at Hatley Gardens in Canada. I am running out of time today, so I am going to cut this short….but I am having so much fun with it, I am going to continue a little later…some bridal garden lighting ideas, focal points in the garden for the ceremony…and more.

Bring Urban 'grow your own' to the masses with microgreens! | WeFund Sow Gourmet is a young business that makes and sells flat-pack 'grow your own' microgreen kits that fold down to the size of a letter and can be posted for convenience. Microgreens are baby vegetables that grow quickly (in as little as a week!), are highly nutritious, have bright vibrant colours and are delicious! They have been used by innovative chefs for years, and with an endless variety of microgreens available there is always be something to suit the season. We are here to help build awareness about microgreens and urban food growing: with our micro-greenhouse, growing food is easy even in the smallest of spaces and we want to share this with the world! We want to make videos showing how easy and fun growing food in an urban environment can be. Once these videos are made we will use guerrilla marketing techniques (a great way to let people know about something on a tight budget!) Thanks for reading, Thom

Can Urban Farming Go Corporate? Farms have sprouted in cities across the country over the past several years as activists and idealists pour their sweat into gritty soil. Now Paul Lightfoot wants to take urban agriculture beyond the dirt-under-your-nails labor of love. He wants to take it corporate. In June, Lightfoot's company, BrightFarms, announced a deal with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., or A&P, to provide New York City-grown vegetables to the local chain's supermarkets year-round. With similar deals announced for St. "We're not trying to change the fringes of the supply chain," he said. The idea to grow more food within city limits has spread in recent years along with increased awareness about the quality of our food and where it comes from. In New York, two startups have already begun growing vegetables from the city's large commercial rooftops. "New York is really at the forefront of this," said Kubi Ackerman, of the Urban Design Lab at Columbia University's Earth Institute.

5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are new DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today which offer some relief to those venturing outdoors in mosquito season. Here are five of the most effective mosquito repelling plants which are easy to grow in most regions of the US: 1. Citronella is the most common natural ingredient used in formulating mosquito repellents. Citronella is a perennial ‘clumping’ grass which grows to a height of 5 – 6 feet. Gardening centers usually sell citronella as small plants in pots, ready to transplant to a larger pot or into raised garden beds on the ground. When purchasing citronella, look for the true varieties, Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus. 2. 3. 4. 5.

FarmedHere Vertical Farming Chicago Live Green Toronto The Eco-Roof Incentive Program promotes the installation of green and cool roofs on Toronto’s existing buildings and new buildings not subject to the Green Roof By-law. Applications are currently being accepted for green and cool roof projects and will be reviewed on a monthly basis, subject to funding availability. The City of Toronto launched the Eco-Roof Incentive Program in 2009 to support the uptake of eco-roofs by building owners, make buildings more sustainable and promote the creation of green jobs. Performance criteria for the Eco-Roof Incentive Program are consistent with the Green Roof Bylaw and the Toronto Green Standard. Learn more: Read the Eco-Roof Case Studies Map: All projects supported by Eco-Roof Incentive Program to May 2013 Eco-Roof Overview Eco-Roof Incentives Eligibility Criteria Application Process Contact Information Contact the Eco-Roof Coordinator Eco-Roof Overview What is an eco-roof? What is a green roof? What is a cool roof? What about other types of sustainable roofs?

Black Magic Savvy Vegetarian|Vegetarian,Vegan Diet|Recipes|Advice|Cooking Grow The Easiest Garden on Earth The Sexiest Men in Rock & Roll - A Scientific Study - Beth Mann "You want this." Some think sexiness is in the eye of the beholder. But is it? Here at Silly Lists of Nothingness, we say its an exacting science that can be proved in labs with women in white coats using complex formulas that are beyond you, so don't worry pretty little head. This isn't a case of "I think he's hot" as much as this guy is definitely hot - like, scientifically. Here's the criteria which lead us to our findings: They ooze sexiness. The Top Ten Hottest Men in Rock 1. Topping our list is the Lizard King himself. 2. Young Sting was a HOTTIE. 3. "Big ego, maybe...but I'm smoking. 4. "I'm feeling cocky....can't you tell?" 5. "I plan on fucking a lot. 6. "I want to fuck you like an animal." 7. "Please...this list was invented for me." 8. "Yeah, right, Jagger." 9. "Easy, boys. 10. "Stroke me." 11. "I'm non-traditionally sexy but I got "it" in spades." 12. "I don't know why I'm here." 13. "Bitch please. 14. "Need I say more?" ...scientifically: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. "This isn't fair."