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BBG Living Roof Installation

Brooklyn Botanic Garden captured the early-autumn installation of its new Visitor Center’s living roof in 3,600 individual photographs.
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Everything from growing organic vegetables in the city to planting trees that can cope with poor, compacted soil and low light.
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Video: Urban Farming NYC

Video of examples of urban farming in NYC.


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They quietly shut down this program in August ... no explanation or reason for school action ...
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Small-Scale Composters Are Everywhere

Small-Scale Composters Are Everywhere | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

All around the country, micro-entrepreneurs are collecting food scraps by bike, on foot, or in the back of their cars.


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New York City could open up 1,200 acres of rooftops for farming

New York City could open up 1,200 acres of rooftops for farming | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
Given how valuable space is in New York City, the city's rooftops are strangely empty. But a proposal from the city's planning department could change that by making 1,200 acres of commercial rooft...
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Urban gardens: The future of food?

Urban gardens: The future of food? | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

It's easy to make fun of, but as more and more farming moves downtown, eating local is taking on a new flavor...


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Innovation of the Week: Exchanging Bold Ideas to Empower Urban Farmers | Nourishing the Planet

Innovation of the Week: Exchanging Bold Ideas to Empower Urban Farmers | Nourishing the Planet | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

"During the two-year fellowship program, fellows visit each other’s countries twice a year, where they participate in training workshops, meet local organizations, and engage in discussions on the social, economic, and political factors that impact urban farming."

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Urban Farming in Taiwan — City Farmer News

Urban Farming in Taiwan — City Farmer News | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
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Quirky niche gardens 'repurpose' sink, carts

Quirky niche gardens 'repurpose' sink, carts | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
When is an abandoned shopping cart not an abandoned shopping cart? When it's a niche garden. Like the one on the asphalt behind Sunnyside Environmental School.
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Country in City|Top News|chinadaily.com.cn

Country in City|Top News|chinadaily.com.cn | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
Experts suggest a possible model which may be re-inventing a garden city as China becomes increasingly urbanized.
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Wouldn’t It Be Great If the City Encouraged Gardening on Vacant Lots? Oh, Wait.

Wouldn’t It Be Great If the City Encouraged Gardening on Vacant Lots? Oh, Wait. | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
Yesterday, Councilmember and guardian-of-all-things-warm-and-fuzzy Tommy Wells held a marathon roundtable on urban agriculture in D.C., bringing folks from all over the city to describe how they cultivate their gardens. As precious as land is in D.C., there's actually still a lot of it that could be put to good use—the challenge is securing the right to put down roots.
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Farm the Rooftops

Farm the Rooftops | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
In many cities, rooftops that can handle the soil, water, and plant loads are being put to productive use, attacking food insecurity and building communities in the process, said Leigh Whittinghil...
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New Study Finds Green Space Linked to Reduced Crime Rates

New Study Finds Green Space Linked to Reduced Crime Rates | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
Trees, gardens, and grass may be pretty, but did you know they might actually keep you safe, active, and happy as well?

It's true. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylva...
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Paris to Plant 80,000 Square Yards of Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens by 2020

Paris to Plant 80,000 Square Yards of Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens by 2020 | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
Paris' recently ratified Biodiversity Plan includes a call to triple the number of rooftop gardens and green roofs in the next decade.
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Urban Agriculture: Industrial-Sized Rooftop Farm Planned for Berlin - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Urban Agriculture: Industrial-Sized Rooftop Farm Planned for Berlin - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
It is hardly a logical spot for a farm, but three Berliners have earmarked a massive former factory roof for an unusual urban agriculture venture.
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10 Steps to Starting a Community Garden

10 Steps to Starting a Community Garden | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
1. Organize a meeting of interested people
First determine if the garden is really needed and wanted by the community. It seems obvious, but community engagement is the most important part of ...
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Why Every City Should Be Planting Rain Gardens

Why Every City Should Be Planting Rain Gardens | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
They save lots of money - and that's just their most obvious benefit.

 

"Andy Wible’s backyard in Washington, D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood doesn’t look much like a sewerage drain. But his Bayberry, Bee Balm, Iris and Golden Ragwort plants get the job done – and then some. Dug 30 inches* down and filled with a mixture of sand, topsoil and compost, Wible's rain garden draws raindrops tumbling off the roof deep into the soil, purifying them and recharging the groundwater."

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BBG Living Roof Installation

Brooklyn Botanic Garden captured the early-autumn installation of its new Visitor Center’s living roof in 3,600 individual photographs.
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Kids garden ideas

Kids garden ideas | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

Wonderful collection of photos of creations for childrens gardens. Borrow some inspiration or trigger your own.

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Another Classic Urban Agriculture Book published in 1979 — City Farmer News

Another Classic Urban Agriculture Book published in 1979 — City Farmer News | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

"This was one of our ‘bibles’ at City Farmer when we began in the 70’s. There is still much to be learned from it by the same authors who wrote The City People’s Book of Raising Food in 1975. The Olkowskis then went on to promote IPM, Integrated Pest Management, and published a book we still use named Common-Sense Pest Control."

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how to organize community garden for foodbank food pantry soup kitchen

how to organize community garden for foodbank food pantry soup kitchen | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

Article includes a very useful list of factors to consider when planning a community garden.

 

Finding collaborators. “That’s probably the hardest, most time consuming part. It’s a community garden, not an individual garden, so you have to find a group to work with. Find a way to connect with the community, to find like-minded souls to organize.”

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Dirty South: Youth farms keep New Orleans teens in school gardens

Dirty South: Youth farms keep New Orleans teens in school gardens | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
At Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, teens can develop skills to take beyond the garden classroom to the table at home.
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TEDxDirigo - Roger Doiron - A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard

Roger Doiron is founding director of Kitchen Gardeners International, a network of people taking a hands-on approach to re-localizing the global food supply....
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A Deliciously Resourceful Town Aims For Total Food Self-Sufficiency in 7 Years | Wake Up World

A Deliciously Resourceful Town Aims For Total Food Self-Sufficiency in 7 Years | Wake Up World | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
The vegetable plots are the most visible sign of an amazing plan: to make Todmorden the first town in the country (UK) that is self-sufficient in food.
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JMGkids Online || Junior Master Gardener

JMGkids Online || Junior Master Gardener | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

The Junior Master Gardener Program and the American Horticultural Society honor the best of the best in children's garden fiction. These Growing Good Kids Book Awards CLASSICS represent the TOP 40 books of the last 100 YEARS.

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The Naturalist Notebook: California Academy of Sciences, Ask a Naturalist: How Can I Make My Own Living Roof?

The Naturalist Notebook: California Academy of Sciences, Ask a Naturalist: How Can I Make My Own Living Roof? | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

Some very nice resources here. Thanks to Darin Hoagland for the suggestion.

 

Ask a Naturalist: How Can I Make My Own Living Roof?

 

California Academy of Sciences:

Exploring, explaining and protecting the natural world. Since 1853.
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'I Can Grow' Youth Garden Award

'I Can Grow' Youth Garden Award | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

Who should apply?

Schools and youth educators
Community centers or organizations
Youth groups

 

Applications are being accepted now! All entries must be postmarked by Friday, Dec. 23, 2011.

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