Pennsylvania provides $96,000 for urban farming in Allegheny County

Grow Pittsburgh, which promotes regional urban agricultural initiatives, plans to expand through a $50,000 state grant that will help pay for a new greenhouse. Jake Seltman, executive director of the Homewood-based organization, said Grow Pittsburgh would continue to partner with The Frick Pittsburgh for use of its greenhouse. He said a second greenhouse would provide […] […]

Urban Farming Takes Off in Germany

When Christian Echternacht gets invited to dinner, he likes to bring tilapia and basil rather than wine or flowers. His friends have grown used to it by now. They know that the fish and the plants have something in common: Both are harvested by Echternacht himself. They make great fish burgers topped with basil mayonnaise. […] […]

City Gardens Are Taking over Chicago Streets

On his way home, Darnell Eleby paused before boarding the commuter train in Atlanta’s Five Points station and maneuvered his wheelchair to a stop not seen on many mass transit platforms: a fresh food stand stocked with colorful fruits and vegetables from city gardens that are adding some color to the Chicago streets. Aided by […] […]

Veteran farming program offers heroes help

Bob Udeck gingerly uses his hands and feet to slowly steer his four-wheeled walker carefully through the dirt- and grass-covered field, adeptly maneuvering through the ruts, divets, mounds of dirt, rocks, and plants that line the path leading to the Heroes Garden. The 74-year-old Vietnam veteran pulls up to a section of raised garden beds […] […]

Urban-Farming Camps Have Kids Asking, Where’s the Healthy Food?

Standing between two buildings on 127th Street, a group of campers on the cusp of adolescence mulled over a change in schedule. Normally, they would spend the morning planting and gardening as part of Harlem Grown, a youth development nonprofit that uses gardening and cooking to teach and empower children in Harlem. But on this […] […]

Habitat gardens support native ecosystems

Habitat gardens are purposeful, planned and planted areas that support our native flora and fauna ecosystems. These gardens follow a few steps that promote healthy life cycles for pollinators and create pockets or bridges that help connect the fragmentation of our natural areas. In all geographic areas, plant, animal and insect species evolved together over […] […]

At an urban farm in Baltimore, plans for activism, African American history and maybe even tiny houses!

Tucked between rows of brick homes in Northeast Baltimore, Atiya Wells discovered an extraordinary place. The budding naturalist was driving around her neighborhood in February 2018 when she stumbled upon a vacant lot bursting with flora and fauna on Plainfield Avenue in Frankford. Wells spotted a red fox slinking through the unruly tangle of trees, […] […]

At Passage Home, the road out of poverty may start on an urban garden path.

In the Bible, planting is a metaphor for faith, pruning is a response to disobedience and the harvest is a blessing to be shared. Those and other lessons come to life in the half-acre gardens of Passage Home, an East Raleigh faith-based nonprofit that helps its clients break out of poverty. Working in the community […] […]

Teen Urban Farmers expand work through partnership with Ithaca Bakery

The Ithaca Children’s Garden (ICG) is an award-winning public children’s garden free and open to all every day of the year, from dawn to dusk. Its mission is to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, and does so through authentic, hands-on, child-led engagement with the natural world. Ithaca Bakery is a local destination that […] […]

Urban Farm Provides Job Skills to Women in Recovery

BEREA, Ky. — A pilot program in Berea where women in recovery learn job skills through farming saw its first batch of graduates this month. Harvesting Hope is a partnership between Sustainable Berea and Liberty Place, a recovery center for women in Richmond, along with several local businesses. Program director Cheyenne Olson said many people […] […]