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The urban agriculture movement in New York City has made enormous progress this year. New legislation favoring urban farming was introduced. New farms opened. There’s even a new farm school. It all happened within the last nine months, all of it summarized here. (more…)
The temporary one-acre urban farm that opened in April at the Battery is not so temporary anymore. It will shift to a new location in the park when a planned bike path comes through in 2012, said Warrie Price, founder of the Battery Conservancy, a non-profit dedicated to revitalizing the Battery at the tip of Manhattan.
“It’s been too much of a great positive thing for the neighborhood and for us as an organization,” she said as she made her rounds amid rows of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans and a riot of other crops on Saturday.
Since it opened, the farm has received a great deal of media attention with Inhabitat New York City naming it one of the city’s top five urban farms. It’s been a hit with neighborhood school children, Lower Manhattan residents and local community groups who “adopted” or planted half of the 100-plus vegetable beds. It also drew hundreds of volunteers eager to help the Battery run the operation.
“This is a dream come true,” said the farm’s manager Camilla Hammer, as a bevy of volunteers swirled around her with shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows. (more…)
A clutch of enthusiastic gardeners — trowels and soil scrapers in hand — readied for the special planting that was about to take place at Drew Gardens in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx. One by one, they squatted by the side of a just-tilled garden bed and began to tuck peanuts into the ground.
Angel Valeri Nogue beamed. The peanuts, she blurted with pride, were “brought here to New York” from her grandmother’s plantation in West Cameroon.
“I used to stay on my grandmother’s plantation in the springtime for six months to help,” said Nogue, a refugee with the International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit organization that helps resettle refugees, asylees and victims of human trafficking.
Nogue’s face brightened as she recalled childhood memories of her grandmother’s plantation, a refuge from the stresses of city life in Cameroon. Now Drew Gardens is her refuge. (more…)
New Yorkers showed overwhelming support for two food-related bills at a public hearing convened last month by the New York City Council Governmental Affairs Division. The proposed bills back recommendations in a plan to revamp the city’s food system and make local and regional food more available to New Yorkers. The plan was outlined in an 86-page report, FoodWorks, released by NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn last year.
One of the proposed bills would require city agencies (more…)
Urban farming has grown so much in New York City it’s produced an offshoot — one that needs buildings, rather than soil, to grow food. But is high-tech, high-rise farming in keeping with the values of traditional urban farmers who like dirt? Is it sustainable, and can it produce food that people can afford?
Urban street trees tend to die young, but with a little TLC from committed volunteer stewards they can live much longer. That’s the major finding of a five-year study conducted by Steven Boyce, an urban tree enthusiast in New York City.
“Tree stewardship makes a big difference,” Boyce told a class of aspiring city tree pruners. “The mortality rate for trees without stewards is more than three times greater than those with stewards.”
New York City seems to be on track to meet the challenge it set for itself in 2007: planting 1 million trees by 2017. The MillionTreesNYC campaign — part of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC initiative to create a greener city by 2030 — has overseen the planting of more than 400,000 trees throughout the city since the tree challenge began.
MillionTreesNYC and the New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit gardening organization, have partnered with a variety of community groups to give away more than 3,000 trees to New York City residents this spring (see tree giveaway schedule below). (more…)
Where does your food come from? For a really good answer, get yourself to the Brooklyn Botanic’s Herb Garden.
The new garden traces the origin of many of the world’s food crops.
The potatoes we pick up at the supermarket or the farmers market? They began their journey a much longer time ago than we ever would have imagined, in places we never would have guessed. The humble tuber started in — no, not Europe — but in South America 10,000 years ago in Peru.
What about tomatoes? If you guessed Italy, you’re wrong. They also originated in South America.
Hot peppers? No, not Thailand. They’re South American too. (more…)
The city’s best-kept-secret garden could not have found a better hiding place: NYU Medical Center’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in Midtown Manhattan. Tucked in the corner of the hospital lobby, the garden is easy to miss. It has no sign, nothing pointing to the 1,700-square-foot conservatory known as the “Glass Garden.”
For those who stumble in, it’s plant paradise. Plants hang from wooden trellises and aluminum bars, while others adorn long tables like fashion models on the runway. (more…)
Urban gardens benefit communities in many ways. They bring people together, beautify neighborhoods, and produce an amazing bounty of food. But how safe are the soils on which they’re built?
A team of scientists and researchers from Cornell University has teamed up with the New York State Department of Health, New York City gardening group GreenThumb, and a host of other organizations to get the dirt on New York City soils. Find out what the team has learned so far.