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Young Farmers: Mitch

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With his gardening business thriving, Mitch discusses what planting means to him

In this episode of Young Farmers, we visit with young gardening enthusiast and erstwhile SHFT contributor Mitchell Flexo, whose experience in college ignited his eco ideals, not to mention his curiosity about growing food. With no childhood planting experience, Mitch was left to his own devices in transforming his yard into a garden. Now, he has his own little gardening business, helping......read more

Young Farmers: Edgar

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A young Angeleno transforms his passion for plants into a job

For our final episode of Young Farmers, allow us to introduce you to Edgar, a young Angeleno who extended his passion for plants into a job that's as rewarding as any we've ever heard of: converting empty lots into community gardens. Edgar, we learn, is a man who was born to plant; when  his mom was pregnant with him, she craved eating dirt. Yes, dirt. And so Edgar's fate was sealed. Now,......read more

Prinzessinnengarten: A Productive Green Space Blooms in Berlin

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Urban agriculture takes root at a community garden in the German capital

For sixty years, an empty space gathered garbage in a section of Berlin's Kreuzberg district. In 2009, over a hundred volunteers cleaned the area of two tons of trash to make way for a community garden. Today, Prinzessinnengärten (Princess Gardens) is a thriving urban agricultural project, providing fresh, organic produce for Berlin residents and a space to come together to learn more about......read more

Authors Ignite Debate About Local Food

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Does the locavore movement do more harm than good? A new book sows seeds of discontent

Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu say they know what’s wrong with the food system: local food purists. In their new book, The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet, the husband-and-wife team (a University of Toronto geography professor and an economist) argue that the excitement over this movement is misguided to the point of having “utterly disastrous”......read more

Public Fruit Park Launched in L.A.

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Fallen Fruit debuts urban orchard project in Del Aire Park

Imagine a city where public parks were full of fruit trees, grapevines, and herb gardens, all of which you were free to harvest for food. In a small but meaningful way, our friends at Fallen Fruit, who we collaborated with on the EAT LACMA video series, are making that vision a reality. The collective teamed with Los Angeles County to create California's first public fruit park, which......read more

A Tale of Two Rooftops

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Latest Perennial Plate episode stars rooftop gardeners in Beijing and Hong Kong

In the latest episode of The Perennial Plate, series creators Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine travel to East Asia, where urban farming is beginning to take hold on empty rooftops. The clip introduces us to Osbert Lam at City Farm in Hong Kong and Guichun Zhang in Beijing, each of whom have created rooftop garden oases in their respective cities. In both cases, it seems like the motives......read more

Can Aquaponics Change the Way We Eat?

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Roman Gaus, CEO of UrbanFarmers, on the farming technique that may revolutionize our food system

The city farming movement conjures images of growers covered in soil, planting and picking in community or rooftop garden plots. But perhaps the most promising technique for urban agriculture involves pumps and pipes in squeaky clean labs. It's called aquaponics, and it may revolutionize the way we eat. In a piece for The Atlantic Cities, UrbanFarmers CEO Roman Gaus describes how it......read more

Chicago Meatpacking Plant Transformed Into Vertical Farm

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Home to several small-scale food businesses, The Plant Chicago is a net-zero, closed-loop urban farm

In 2010, entrepreneur John Edel bought a four-story, 94,000 square foot factory in a bankruptcy sale. The sprawling red brick warehouse, built in the 1920s next to Chicago’s Union Stockyards, used to process bacon and ham. Today it is home to The Plant Chicago, a vertical farm housing 11 small-scale food businesses, from bakers and kombucha brewers to aquaponic farms growing......read more

Brooklyn Farmer

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Filmmaker Michael Tyburski profiles the world's biggest rooftop farm

If you're reading this, you're probably already familiar with Brooklyn Grange (if not, start here then go here). In Brooklyn Farmer, filmmaker Michael Tyburski follows the story of a small group of dedicated staff and volunteers, who turned unused space in the city into the world's biggest rooftop farm, producing over 120,000 pounds of food for the local community. Today the farm is looking to......read more

SHFT SAMPLER 6-10-10

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The first edition of our new, weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Give us some of those good vibrations. How everyday behaviors can produce clean energy. Livable cities all have one thing in common; they're designed for people, not cars. It's hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico. What does that mean for the worst oil spill in U.S. history? Now that's sustainable architecture. Straw, string or human hair, urban birds build nests with......read more

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