Ikea has come up with a flatpack garden so city dwellers with little space can enjoy a green patch all of their own. The Swedish furniture giant has launched the Growroom - a DIY 9ft tall sphere for nurturing plants, vegetables and herbs that you can actually sit in with your family and friends. There's
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For many angry rural voters, Donald Trump is fueling a fire that started with the farm crisis of the 1980s.
Launching Le Petit COOL, the world's first open source kit for connected gardening. Make your automated greenhouse and learn all you can about your plants!
The company hopes to one day power vertical farms in offices, restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and even individual homes.
We are being told to eat local and seasonal food, either because other crops have been tranported over long distances, or because they are grown in energy-intensive greenhouses. But it wasn't always like that. From the sixteenth to the twentieth century, urban farmers grew Mediterranean fruits and vegetables as far north as England and the Netherlands, using only renewable energy. These crops were grown surrounded by massive "fruit walls", which stored the heat from the sun and released it at night, creating a microclimate that could increase the temperature by more than 10194176C (18194176F). Later, greenhouses built against the fruit walls further improved yields from solar energy alone. It was only at the very end of the nineteenth century that...
The lifePOD system can be used year-round to produce local food in quantities to feed many people, especially those in food deserts, where access to healthy and affordable fresh food is not easy to come by.
It's clear that the craze for the urban farm is no answer to feeding our teeming cities. Its value lies instead in how it can change us.
Urban gardeners don't like to talk about contaminated soil. After all, who wants to dwell on the chemical legacy of industry, illegal dumping, paint chips, and leaded gasoline when you can discuss bees, the weather, or the cool purple beans you're growing? But city growers must tackle this elephant-in-the-room subject. That's the message Brent Kim,
Communication, collaboration, cooperation-those are skills, not just words," said Salim Al-Nurridinn, founder of the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois, while standing at the gate of the Cooperation Operation (Coop Op).
Do you remember that 'night before Christmas' feeling... the one you used to get as a kid? The night before my Permablitz, an 'I don't know if I can wait until morning' impatience had me pacing, while a slightly buzzy feeling took hold. Yep, it was 'the night before Christmas' all over again -- even though it was mid-August, and I was 32 years old.
In these times of ever more blatant marketing of public space, the aspiration to plant potatoes precisely there - and without restricting entry - is nothing less than revolutionary," writes Sabine Rohlf in her book review of Urban Gardening.1 Indeed, we can observe the return of gardens to the city everywhere and see it as an expression of a changing relationship between the public and the private. And it is not only this dominant differentiation in modern society that is increasingly becoming blurred; the differences between nature and society as well as that between city and countryside are fading as well, at least from the perspective of urban community gardeners.
With a population of five million crammed on a landmass of just 715 square kilometres, the tiny republic of Singapore has been forced to expand upwards, building high-rise residential complexes to house the country's many inhabitants. Now Singapore is applying the vertical model to urban agriculture - experimenting with rooftop gardens and vertical farms in order to feed its many residents.
A veteran urban farmer in Detroit explores the relationship between the work he does and the city's move toward gentrification.
Our correspondent visits the annual Public Market Conference in Cleveland and discovers an inspiring urban farm.
Recommended talk: "What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food... Continue reading ...
The role of animals in the Olympics - both during the opening ceremony and throughout the wider competition - is rightly generating controversy. When it was first announced that non-human animals would
A growing body of research shows that urban farms reduce violence.
We've covered a lot of good farmland with concrete over the years. But taking it back for urban farming may not be as difficult as it sounds.