Sustainable Food Movement Takes Some Bytes

March 25, 2010

“We may be going back to the land, but lots of us are bringing our smart phones and laptops along,” comments Destin Joy Layne, director of the Eat Well Guide, a free online directory of fresh, locally grown and sustainably … Read More…

Vision for Edible City Gaining Ground

February 3, 2010

edible_gardens_peppers

The soon to be released film, Edible City, tells the story of real people making real change right in their urban backyards. The film aims to provoke critical thought, further the dialogue surrounding food and our food system, and ultimately inspire Read More…

Cultivating Health and Prosperity With Urban Gardens

December 16, 2009

hands

Development in Gardening (DIG) is a non-profit organization on a mission to improve the health and well-being of HIV-positive and other at-risk individuals in developing nations such as Senegal, Nambia, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic. They facilitate change by teaching Read More…

Life in the Fast Food Lane: Urban Food Deserts

kang_cahn_fast-food
Kang Can, Fast Food III, 2007, Oil on Canvas, courtesy Van Cleve Fine Art

For those living in urban environments, the quest for healthy food can seem like a walk through the desert—literally.  A “food desert” is an area Read More…

A Farm Grows in Brooklyn: Bringing Communities to the Table

November 5, 2009

bk_farms_cucumberlettuce

BK Farmyards is a Brooklyn based decentralized farming network providing local food to reduce the city’s reliance on fossil fuels while offering local jobs to boost the economy. They seek partnerships with developers willing to temporarily transform their idle land … Read More…

How Do We Feed Our Cities?

October 20, 2009

The world is experiencing the largest wave of urban growth in history. For the first time in history, more than half the world’s population is living in cities. By 2050, according to a United Nations estimate, the world’s cities will … Read More…

Flocks of Urbanites Raising Chickens Under Green Roofs

September 19, 2009

coop

You don’t have to ask why the chicken crossed the road to get to one of these sophisticated coops. It’s an idea that seems to be hatching all around us, an extension of the urban farming trend that has city dwellers’ … Read More…

Urban Green Spaces Cultivate Productive Kids

September 10, 2009

Philly-garden
Kalib Lee harvesting vegetables from the garden on 55th Street between Haverford Avenue and Line Street on Thursday. He and other Veggie Kids offer their produce to neighbors in West Philadelphia’s Haddington section for $1 a bag. Photo by Bonnie
Read More…

Farming Freedom and Hope After Katrina

August 30, 2009

flowers2
Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton

Four years after Hurricane Katrina, there are approximately 700,000 vacant lots in New Orleans. Enter groups like The New Orleans Farm and Food Network who help residents transform neighborhood abandoned or underused green space into urban … Read More…

The freshest innovative and eco-friendly designs, trends, and ideas for urban gardens and stylish small places.

Visit Robin Horton @UrbanGardens's profile on Pinterest.