urban farming

Feeding a City From the World’s Largest Rooftop Greenhouse

Feeding a City From the World’s Largest Rooftop Greenhouse

By Sean Fleming The world’s largest rooftop greenhouse is in Montreal, Canada. It measures more than 15,000m2 and produces more than 11,000kg of food per week. The company behind it had to hire 200 new employees due to pandemic-driven demand. Can you grow enough produce for an entire city in rooftop greenhouses? Two entrepreneurs in […]

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    ​Cuba’s Urban Farming Shows Way to Avoid Hunger​

    ​Cuba’s Urban Farming Shows Way to Avoid Hunger​

    By Paul Brown When countries run short of food, they need to find solutions fast, and one answer can be urban farming. That was the remedy Cuba seized with both hands 30 years ago when it was confronted with the dilemma of an end to its vital food imports. And what worked then for Cuba […]

    This Boston Hospital Is Feeding Patients Through Its Rooftop Farm

    This Boston Hospital Is Feeding Patients Through Its Rooftop Farm

    By Lindsay Campbell Carrie Golden believes the only reason she’s diabetes free is because she has access to fresh, locally grown food. A few years after the Boston resident was diagnosed with prediabetes, she was referred to Boston Medical Center’s Preventative Food Pantry as someone who is food insecure. The food pantry is a free […]

    This Urban Farm Grows Strawberries in Shipping Containers in Central Paris

    This Urban Farm Grows Strawberries in Shipping Containers in Central Paris

    By Mónica R. Goya Agricool is a Parisian urban agriculture tech start-up that recently raised $28 million to scale its business: growing strawberries in reclaimed shipping containers in central Paris using vertical farming methods. Since the plants are cultivated using aeroponics — that is, by spraying a mist of water and nutrients on the plants’ […]

    How Urban Agriculture Can Improve Food Security in U.S. Cities

    How Urban Agriculture Can Improve Food Security in U.S. Cities

    By Miguel Altieri During the partial federal shutdown in December 2018 and January 2019, news reports showed furloughed government workers standing in line for donated meals. These images were reminders that for an estimated one out of eight Americans, food insecurity is a near-term risk. In California, where I teach, 80 percent of the population […]

    15 Organizations Creating Edible Landscapes

    15 Organizations Creating Edible Landscapes

    By Steve Edgerton The turfgrass found in lawns, parks, and schoolyards represents the single largest irrigated crop in the U.S. Across the country, turf guzzles up 34 billion liters (nine billion gallons) of water per day, demanding 31 million kilograms (70 million pounds) of pesticides and 757 million liters (200 gallons) of gasoline annually. Edible […]

    Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal With Contaminated Soil

    Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal With Contaminated Soil

    By Brian Barth Urban soils are particularly prone to contamination. Fifty years ago, your yard could have belonged to a farmer, who, perhaps not knowing any better, disposed of old bottles of anti-freeze or contaminated diesel in a hole out behind the tractor garage. Or perhaps the remains of a fallen down outbuilding, long ago […]

    Take Climate Action By Transforming Your Lawn With Edible Landscaping

    Take Climate Action By Transforming Your Lawn With Edible Landscaping

    What have you done for me lately? The one-and-only Janet Jackson once asked that question of a bad boyfriend. But lately, we’ve been wondering the very same thing about a far less obvious offender—our front lawn. We water it and then water it some more. We give it a trim to keep it looking super […]