Amid COVID-19, Urban Growers Collective distributes nearly one million pounds of produce

We’re now in the eighth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions are struggling to maintain their incomes and housing. But even before the pandemic started, one Chicago nonprofit, the Urban Growers Collective, was working to address residents’ struggles to access another basic necessity—fresh, healthy food—and the current crisis has only emboldened that work. From […] […]

Urban agriculture ‘not gonna feed the world,’ but has much to offer close to home

COLUMBUS — Jodi Kushins, of Over the Fence Urban Farm, knows she doesn’t grow a lot compared to some farms. She feeds about 20 households through her CSA program, with 2,500 square feet in her yard and her neighbor’s yard. “It’s like a drop in the bucket,” she said. “Seeing a semi truck full of […] […]

Urban poor families set up food gardens to cope with hunger amid pandemic

MANILA, Philippines — Struggling to put food on their tables through weeks into quarantine due to the new coronavirus pandemic, residents of Barangay Payatas in Quezon City have found a new reason to band together amid the scarcity of food aid and jobs. They have transformed concrete walls, backyards and empty lots into urban food […] […]

Denver Urban Gardens Plans Sale of El Oasis Land to Pay Off Debt

Denver Urban Gardens plans to sell most of the land where it operates El Oasis, one of its Highland neighborhood gardens, to Caliber Construction in a $1.2 million deal set to close on December 1. But members of El Oasis, located at 1847 West 35th Avenue, are fighting the sale by raising public awareness in hopes of pressuring Caliber […] […]

Denver Urban Gardens Plans Sale of El Oasis Land to Pay Off Debt

Denver Urban Gardens plans to sell most of the land where it operates El Oasis, one of its Highland neighborhood gardens, to Caliber Construction in a $1.2 million deal set to close on December 1. But members of El Oasis, located at 1847 West 35th Avenue, are fighting the sale by raising public awareness in hopes of pressuring Caliber […] […]

Don’t panic, but it’s time to start your autumn gardening chores

Cooler nights bring questions, and we have been having cooler nights. I note more than a hint of panic, folks. Relax. The leaves have really not even started to turn color and lawns are still growing. Let’s start with lawn questions. There were several about fertilizing, probably due to the influence of Madison Avenue. There […] […]

Farm to table to dirt to farm: This local business wants to make composting the next recycling

When Ben Bessler graduated with an accounting degree from Northern Kentucky University, he didn’t expect his work would one day have him shoveling dirt and food scraps in his parents’ backyard. But what began as a hobby at home has grown into a budding business addressing an environmental challenge alongside an emerging consumer demand. [WATCH […] […]

Farm to table to dirt to farm: This local business wants to make composting the next recycling

When Ben Bessler graduated with an accounting degree from Northern Kentucky University, he didn’t expect his work would one day have him shoveling dirt and food scraps in his parents’ backyard. But what began as a hobby at home has grown into a budding business addressing an environmental challenge alongside an emerging consumer demand. [WATCH […] […]

This South Side Gardener Is Behind Nearly 100 Urban Farms Across Chicago — And He’s Not Slowing Down

SOUTH CHICAGO — Right as he’s detailing his urban farming work, Gregory Bratton abruptly stops and says he’ll need to continue the interview later. Bratton is working with volunteers at one of the many South Side gardens he cares for, and he breaks up his interview answers to share knowledge and give directions to volunteers. […] […]

Small, modern homes with urban farming coming to Fort Worth suburb

A developer is building a small “pocket neighborhood” in Kennedale with modern farm homes and lots of outdoor space where people can grow their own food and meet their neighbors. “Millennials want that living experience. People don’t want to mow their yards anymore. They want a smaller, compact home that is cute and modern looking, […] […]