Eight Innovations In Urban Farming in the United States

Farming the cities is becoming more and more popular across the U.S. Youth, hipsters, and people who want to gain a connection where and how their food is produced are growing food on rooftops, balconies, window sills, backyards, and empty lots in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and cities all across the country.

  • Just Food: City Chicken Project: Organized by Just Food, this project educates urban gardeners on how to keep healthy, happy chickens, which, in turn, provide eggs, fertilizer and aerated soil.
  • Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barnes Center: Chef Dan Barber heads this innovative yearly conference at which participants take part in discussion panels ranging from urban farming to beekeeping to composting.
  • The Urban Farm Handbook: Written by two young urban farmers from Seattle, this book is a hands-on instructional guide for the novice urban farmer, covering a wealth of relevant topics.
  • The San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance: Through education, advocacy and action, this organization promotes the growing of food in and around San Francisco, and just released its own Guide to Starting a Garden or Urban Farm in San Francisco.
  •  Five Borough Farm: A roadmap for urban farmers New York City officials to get funding for and promote the benefits of urban agriculture, gardening, soil and composting.
  • American Society of Landscape Architects, The Edible City: A short video that illustrates how gardens improve the health and well-being of the communities that they are planted in.
  • Urban Beekeeping: The Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago Honey Co-Op host urban beekeeping classes for those interesting in sustaining the vital, but suffering, bee population in the United States.
  • Farmscape: Inspired by victory gardens, Farmscape is helping Los Angeles residents, schools and businesses set up and maintain vegetable gardens.
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