urban gardening

Local Food Movement: Everything You Need to Know

Local Food Movement: Everything You Need to Know

What Is the Local Food Movement?  The local food movement is the push to eat food that is grown and harvested nearby to where it is purchased. It is often contrasted with the contemporary mainstream food system, in which avocados from Mexico are purchased in January from a big-box grocery store in New England. It […]

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    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 […]

    This Hospital Prescribes Fresh Food From Its Own Organic Farm

    This Hospital Prescribes Fresh Food From Its Own Organic Farm

    By Liza Bayless Five years ago, when Lankenau Medical Center was confronted with evidence that it was serving the unhealthiest county in Pennsylvania, the hospital decided to embrace the findings with an unconventional approach: building a half-acre organic farm on its campus to provide fresh produce to patients. The Deaver Wellness Farm at Lankenau Medical […]

    7 Ways to Reduce Toxic Soil Substances in Urban Gardens

    7 Ways to Reduce Toxic Soil Substances in Urban Gardens

    In cities around the globe, an urban gardening revival is under way, with gardeners and farmers digging into backyards and vacant lots, replacing blighted eyesores with lush, productive vegetation. But as an article in this month’s Environmental Health Perspectives from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences points out, urban soils are often heavily contaminated […]