Wet Weather Could Be Affecting Urban Farms’ Harvest, But Farmers Stay Positive

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Many city residents have come to rely on small urban farms to put fresh crops on their tables as they supplement what they buy at the grocery store. “Right now we’re in the fall season so we’ve got lots of greens, you’re looking at lettuces, kale, collards, mustard greens, cabbage, radishes, all […] […]

For eco-conscious city dwellers, urban agriculture is one road to real impact

“Eco-consciousness is a hot trend. It’s become a common occurrence to see shoppers with reusable grocery totes at the supermarket. Bamboo straws are flying off shelves as people opt for eco-friendly products. Urban gardening and composting, too, has taken root as consumers try to minimize their carbon footprints. These small actions are encouraging first steps, […] […]

The Apprentice viewers brand the urban gardening task the “worst” ever

“The Apprentice sent its remaining contestants into the brave new world of urban gardening in last night’s (November 14) episode, with the not-so-green-fingered candidates being asked to make London a little bit brighter. The task saw the teams set up their own urban gardening businesses, where they carried out commercial and domestic jobs for their […] […]

Here’s how local communities are turning vacant lots into thriving urban farms

“In the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, locals stroll through Greensgrow Farms. A couple picks up baby spinach and collard greens grown on site, while a few teenagers greet Milkshake, the farm’s resident pet pig. Neighbors ask each other for recipe ideas as they reach for bundles of fresh herbs. Looking in on this lively urban farm, […] […]

Meet the Plantfluencers

“Horticulture and red wine were served up the other night at the Sill, a boutique on Hester Street, as Christopher Satch, a botanist wearing a T-shirt that read, “Plants Make People Happy,” the company motto, led a workshop on carnivorous plants. It was plant stand-up — slightly blue patter with quick takes on Linnaeus and […] […]

WINTER IS COMING AND CHICAGO’S URBAN GARDENERS ARE GETTING READY

“Local gardening enthusiasts on Saturday braved freezing winds to learn winter plant management techniques at an urban garden in Uptown, the latest in a series of grassroots workshops aimed at educating city growers. Breanne Heath, the education program manager at Peterson Garden Project, offered participants tips for caring for perennial herbs, planting garlic and preparing […] […]

This Houston Urban Farm Honors Veterans With Jobs

“When Gracie and Bob Cavnar launched the Recipe for Success Foundation in 2005, their main goals were to battle childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food, and to provide the community with healthier diets. Today, their hands-on curriculum is the largest outreach of its kind in the nation, empowering […] […]

46 Best Veggies, Herbs & Microgreens for Vertical Planting

“Vertical gardens allow you grow veggies at several levels, so you can get more out of less space, a definite advantage if your growing area is limited. That is not to say that vertical gardening is just for those with space constraints. Concentrating your food generation to a limited area frees up space for other uses while […] […]

11 Essential Fall Planting Tips

1. At the nursery: Buy the best Look for plants that have healthy foliage and no roots creeping out of the nursery container’s bottom drain holes (which means they’re probably rootbound). 2. Small is smarter When you have a choice, buy little plants (in 4-inch nursery pots); they’re less expensive (usually under $5), easier to […] […]

Fall gardening tip: Till your soil and add compost now, not in the spring

“Good gardening practices begin with the soil. Soil is the foundation of life for plants. I have found that many people take soil for granted. We should put its management higher in priority than the plants. Fall is the best time to make improvements. Vegetable gardens and annual plantings can be prepared now so that […] […]