Garden-to-Table Recipe Contest

The editors of Urban Farm are hosting a contest for readers to submit their favorite original recipes using ingredients from their gardens, farmers markets, community-supported-agriculture programs and local farms. Contestants can enter their recipes in any of five categories: Appetizer, Soup, Salad, Entrée and Dessert.    Categories Winners will be chosen based on best use […]

Ginger Root

Ginger is easily propagated and grown, so why not add it to your garden?

Living Large

Photo by Audrey Pavia A view of the horse stalls on my small urban farm. Whenever I ride around the equestrian community where I live, I get a severe case of property envy. Some people around here managed to score anywhere from 3 to 5 acres for their urban farms. I, on the other hand, […]

Need to Fly the Coop?

Photo by Mathew P. Gonzalez Any urban farmer will tell you that farming is more than just a hobby; it’s a lifestyle — one that includes a number of daily responsibilities, especially when it comes to livestock. There are eggs to collect, goats to milk, weeds to pull, and more. Even during slower seasons, when […]

Growing for Good

Photo courtesy Growing Cities Filmmakers Dan Susman (right) and Andrew Monbouquette (left) traveled the country looking for urban farming. Article first published in Urban Farm November/December 2011. From children swiftly entering their teenage years to small towns hastily developing into cities, growth — and change — happens within a blink of an eye. But a […]

New Program Prepares Students for Start in Urban Farming

Photo courtesy Hemera/Thinkstock The Certificate in Commercial Urban Agriculture program offers a comprehensive introduction to starting an urban farm. While the U.S. has seen an increase in the demand for locally grown foods by consumers, restaurants and retailers, there has be a decrease in the number of Americans who grow up on farms and have […]

Stephanie vs. Mr. Mabel

Photo by Audrey Pavia My friend, Stephanie, and my rooster, Mr. Mabel, have a stormy relationship. Early last week, I got an email from my old friend, Stephanie, who lives in Pittsburgh. Her planned trip to Russia fell through, and she asked if she could come stay with me this week. I was thrilled—I hadn’t […]

Spring Fever

Photo by Audrey Pavia My roosters Mr. Mabel and Mr. Molly get along great—until springtime. The flowers are all blooming on my property: huge pink and white blooms on my cactus, purple and yellow starburst on the native plants around the yard. But the most evident sign of spring for me is the behavior of […]

A Visit from Elvis

Photo by Audrey Pavia Elvis the peacock took up temporary residence in the yard of our urban farm. This morning at dawn, when I went outside to feed the horses, I heard the usual chorus of roosters crowing all over town. But I also heard something else I hadn’t experienced in a while: the low […]

Moments to Live For

Photo by Audrey Pavia The sight of an Anna’s hummingbird feeding at my agave plant is one of the many joys of living on an urban farm. The expression “stop and smell the roses” takes on new meaning when you live on an urban farm. There’s nothing like having a little farm in the backyard […]

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