No Such Thing as a (Junk) Free Lunch?

September 1, 2010

At today’s Women in Green Forum, I had the pleasure of meeting Kathleen de Chadenèdes, Director of the s’Cool Initiative, a project of the Orfalea Foundations, who spoke about her organization’s efforts to make fresh local food … Read More…

Floating Urban Farms on Recycled Tourist Boats

July 22, 2010

Ahoy, bok choy! You got it: boat+botanic=boatanic, a floating greenhouse. Take an existing tourist boat, remove the tourists, add seeds and water regularly, make sure the boat gets plenty of sunshine, then harvest the produce. The resulting bounty will be distributed … Read More…

An Urban Farmer in Your Kitchen

July 20, 2010

Toyota is designing green roof technology and now Hyundai is getting into the urban agriculture act: Nano Garden, by Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Gromo, is a hydroponic vegetable garden for the urban apartment kitchen.

Silver winner of the Fast Read More…

City Chicks Flock to Urban Rooftop Farm

May 28, 2010

Fancy feathering your nest with a pet chicken inside your co-op instead of her coop? You can, well, put the lady in diapers.

Yes, that’s right, there are diapers for chickens. I learned this and and many other practical poultry … Read More…

Old MacDonald Had a Robot

April 28, 2010


Robots my someday replace humans for picking delicate fruits and vegetables. Photo: Paul Wooton

Can robots roll up their sleeves and pick fruit? Vision Robotics, a company in San Diego, thinks so. It’s building scouting robots that use multiple … Read More…

Vision for Edible City Gaining Ground

February 3, 2010

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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…

Urban Gardens Will Be Needed in Haiti

January 18, 2010

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Prior to last Tuesday’s devastating earthquake, Haitians were busy at work building flood protections and establishing urban gardens. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had 23 programs for growing food in the region most affected by the quake, including areas … Read More…

Call for Creating Productive Urban Green Space

January 13, 2010

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Terreform One, a non-profit design group that promotes green design in cities, is launching the One Prize AwardMowing to Growing: Rethinking the American Lawn: an international design competition for creating productive green space in cities.

Through their … Read More…

Cultivating Health and Prosperity With Urban Gardens

December 16, 2009

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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

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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…

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