Gleaning for Good

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto/Thinkstock Nonprofit groups are feeding the hungry by gleaning. For gleaning groups, the sight of unwanted fruit rotting on the ground beneath tree branches represents an opportunity to make a difference. Gleaning, the practice of harvesting unwanted or leftover produce, is not new, but it is becoming more popular as a means […]

A Fresh Take on Foraging

Photo courtesy ForageSF Iso Rabins of ForageSF teaches burgeoning food finders how to forage for edible plants. Foraging is the latest foodie fixation. While there is nothing new about the practice of gathering food from wild places, creative locavores are taking the art of found food to new levels, transforming the bounty into restaurant meals, […]

Food Fight

Photo courtesy fotofrog/iStockphoto Schmidt has spent almost two decades fighting for the rights of Canadians to drink raw milk. Current Canadian law requires all milk to be pasteurized before it’s sold. The next time you go to the farmers mark et, Michael Schmidt wants you to have the option to purchase raw milk. Schmidt, the […]

Farm-Fresh Vacations

Photo courtesy Jodi Helmer Fickle Creek Farm, near Raleigh, N.C., allows guests to experience sustainable farming while on vacation. If your idea of a perfect getaway includes waking up to the sound of a rooster crowing in the pasture, wearing rubber boots to breakfast, and bottle-feeding baby sheep,consider spending your next vacation on a farm. Farm […]

Recipe for CSA Success

Photo courtesy Digital Vision/Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock Increasingly, chefs who are commited to local farms and fresh, organic produce are partnering with farmers to distribute CSA subscriptions. Your favorite restaurant may be serving up more than farm fresh fare. A growing number of chefs are partnering with farmers to provide Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions to diners. The CSA subscriptions are […]

Fighting for the Future

Photo courtesy Sasaki Associates Aerial view of Wilmington Waterfront Park reconnecting the community and the waterfront. Residents of Wilmington, Calif., were outraged to learn that the Port of Los Angeles planned to build a 16-foot high barrier along a 1-mile stretch between the riverfront and their neighborhood. The wall was proposed as a noise buffer to […]

An Inspired Read

Photo courtesy of Breaking Through Concrete shows the diversity of urban agriculture throughout the U.S. When David Hanson and Edwin Marty realized that most of their recent conversations revolved around the popularity of urban farms, the pair decided the trend was worth writing about. “We decided to put together a book proposal to take […]

L.A. Gets Growing

Photo courtesy Getty Images/Comstock/Thinkstock Images Community gardens such as El Sereno teach families to grow their own fruits and vegetables while providing a setting that fosters community spirit. When plans to construct a road through the heart of a Los Angeles neighborhood were put on hold, residents lobbied to start a community garden in a vacant […]

Cities Offer Rain-garden Incentives

Cities Offer Rain-garden Incentives – Urban Farm OnlineCities Offer Rain-garden Incentives Across the U.S., governments are encouraging residents to install rain gardens in their yards by offering financial incentives.rain garden incentive programs, install rain gardens, reduce stormwater runoff, rain gardeningAcross the U.S., governments are encouraging residents to install rain gardens in their yards by offering […]

Landmark Green Upgrade

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock The Empire State Building is leading the way toward eco-friendly retrofitting among large buildings. The Empire State Building is the tallest building in New York, and is on its way to becoming one of the most eco-friendly.A $20 million sustainability retrofit was launched in 2009 to help the iconic landmark reduce its energy consumption. […]

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