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First Commercial Rooftop Farm Opens in Washington D.C.

Great view, great veg.

Something’s growing atop Washington D.C. restaurant Oyamel. Seedlings poke young leaves out of four inches of soil. The new green roof, which opened in May, is part of Up Top Acres, a network of rooftop farms. Founded by Kathleen O’Keefe, Kristof Grina and Jeffrey Prost-Greene, it installs and farms green roofs around the city.[read more]

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Webinar Roundup: How to Get Started in Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture – the Next Big Thing For Cities

May 18, 2015 by David Thorpe

The future of salad growing

Last week Sustainable Cities Collective hosted a successful webinar on urban agriculture, in particular indoor and vertical farming. It gave plenty of advice to anyone thinking of entering the industry or just curious about it. If you missed it, read this write-up, see a record of the Twitter conversation on Storify or listen to a recording here.[read more]

No Green Without Blue: Riverside Public Utility Emphasizes Water Conservation in Urban Agriculture

Urban Farming and Water Efficiency

The City of Riverside, California is committed to being green, but city officials know that in order to do this, Riverside must also be blue. And with the recent announcement of the state’s first-ever water restriction, it’s fair to say the city is ahead of the curve.[read more]

Apples and Tomatoes: Comparing Community Gardens and Municipally Sponsored Urban Agriculture

March 14, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Gardens and Agriculture

 

If a city wants to feed itself, which is more effective: community gardens or municipal growing projects? Darrin Nordahl Believes it's the city government, but the examples in his book Public Produce: the New Urban Agriculture, actually say otherwise.. So which is true?[read more]

New Law May Enable Urban Agriculture Zones in California's Santa Clara County

California Agriculture Zones

Landowners and developers in Santa Clara County, California may have greater motivation to turn vacant lots into urban farms, thanks to an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone proposal by county supervisors Ken Yeager and Mike Wasserman.[read more]

Irvine, California's "Great Park" Delivers on the Potential of Municipal Urban Agriculture

February 3, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Parks and Urban Agriculture

The “First Great Metropolitan Park of the 21st Century,” the City of Irvine’s 1,300-acre “Great Park,” is living up to its goals. The park’s focus on promoting a relationship between residents, food systems, and green space provides an example of how far a city can go to foster sustainable agriculture.[read more]

Seedstock's Top Ten Stories of 2014

December 27, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Year in Review

It’s been a great year here at Seedstock, with an increased focus on urban policy and continued coverage of indoor agriculture technology and sustainable farming practices. We’ve delighted in telling the stories of the people who are making a difference in the new food economy.[read more]

Land Trust Secures Vacant Lots for Urban Agriculture, Recreation in LA's Underserved Neighborhoods

December 23, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

LA and Urban Farming

Founded in 2002, the LA Neighborhood Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that identifies underutilized space in a 475-square miles area in and around Los Angeles, and transforms it into green space for urban agriculture and community recreation projects.[read more]

Urban Agriculture: What's Really Making a Mark?

December 9, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Farming Successes

It’s easy to label urban farming as the solution to serious societal problems like food deserts, economic development, and obesity. But not all urban farming is alike. Some methods are bound to be more successful, profitable, and impactful than others.[read more]

How Google Earth is Helping Create an Urban Agriculture Inventory in Rome

December 4, 2014 by This Big City

Google Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture has been credited for numerous positive effects in cities, such as access to fresh food, agro-biodiversity and as a contributor to improved social and cultural relationships. Like many other regions, urban agricultural activities are spreading in the city of Rome.[read more]

New Urban Agriculture Regulations Sprouting in Los Angeles, California

November 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Agriculture in LA

 

It appears that urban agriculture is in full swing in Los Angeles, California. In particular, there are several highly innovative pieces of legislation regarding urban agriculture that have recently come onto the political horizon, and could greatly affect this burgeoning field.[read more]

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An Area the Size of the European Union is Used for Urban Agriculture

November 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

... but more is needed to feed the world.

A new study has found that an area greater than the size of the European Union is being used already around and within cities worldwide to grow food. Nevertheless with one third of the area of cities needing to be set aside for growing food more needs to be done to protect and encourage this.[read more]