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Urban Homesteading

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Self-sufficiency in the city.

Homesteading is broadly defined as a lifestyle of simple, agrarian self-sufficiency. The sustainable, back-to-the-land movement is gaining popularity in urban areas, where applicable rural homesteading elements are being applied to city living. In theory, most people are into the idea of producing everything needed for survival on one's own land. While this isn't realistic for most of......read more

SHFT Sampler 1-7-11

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Weekly links: Gordon Matta-Clark's eco-art bent, mysterious bird deaths, and more.

Gordon Matta-Clark was an eco-art O.G.. In the 70s, Matta-Clark's conceptual projects included recycling glass bottles, digging out a basement to create a “guerrilla” garden, and turning a dumpster into an open house. An exhibition centered on Matta-Clark's time at 112 Greene Street, one of the first artist-run venues in New York, opens this weekend at David Zwirner in NYC. In a......read more

VisuaLingual Seed Bomb 4-Pack

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Practice random acts of gardening. $28.00

These wonderful floral seed bombs from Cincinnati-based design studio VisuaLingual are available in three region-specific formulas—East Coast, West Coast, Pacific Northwest and Midwest—each yielding a colorful mix of wildflowers. Grow local by choosing the region where you live. Each screenprinted muslin bag contains five seed bombs. Pictured is the four-pack, available for $28....read more

Gardens NYC: Peter's Place

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Sowing seeds on a Brooklyn rooftop

Native New Yorker Peter Manerva comes by his love of gardening honestly. His parents were into plants, and when he was a kid, instead of building forts out of sheets and couch cushions, he would create his own little jungle worlds from all the plantlife around the house. That childhood interest in greenery blossomed into an adult obsession. Peter was kind enough to show us around his spectacular......read more

Tasha Lewis: Guerilla Sculpture

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Butterfly street installations migrate across Indianapolis

There is a new invasive species swarming through the American Midwest. The as-yet unnamed species of butterfly, colored an electric blue, has been spotted gathering throughout public spaces in Indianapolis. But worry not, these beautiful creatures won't affect the local ecosystem. The colorful creations are the work of Indy native Tasha Lewis, who crafts guerilla installations featuring hundreds......read more

Woolly Pocket

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DIY vertical gardening system made from recycled plastic water bottles in the USA. $49.00

Pockets are simple to install and maintain. Just place and fill with beautiful, full-size plants. Breathable sides release excess moisture and aerate soil. Waterproof lining helps keep walls and floors dry....read more

Garden in a Bag

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Home gardening made ridiculously easy. $8.00

Garden-in-a-Bag by Potting Shed Creations has an entire certified organic collection of herbs, flowers, fruits & veggies that can be grown indoors, right in the leak-proof bag. It couldn't get any easier - just mix in the enclosed packet of seed, add water, and voila, fresh organic flora....read more

Portable Washing Machine

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Small, fast-working washing machine uses less water and less detergent per laundry load. $49.99

When you're in a hurry to wash a few items, this washing machine easily solves the problem of having to wait around for your electric or gas washing machine to complete a full load of laundry or feel bad about only washing a few items at a time. Made of plastic with no mechanical parts, the hand powered washing machine comes assembled. Just attach the handle and go! It can last a lifetime......read more

Flora Grubb Gardens

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A San Francisco gem.

I had heard about Flora Grubb through several un-related people. She's created a native, drought-tolerant beautiful oasis that has become the city's crown jewel of plant shops. One friend mentioned she'd been profiled in Vogue, another that he buys his fruit trees from her and that his kids love going there. While attending our good friends Kestrin Pantera and Jonathan......read more

Workplace Gardens

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Office gardens encourage a healthy workforce.

With the economy still sputtering, Corporate America hasn't put the shears away yet. Jobs are still being cut, pay is still getting sliced. Shrinking budgets are making some forward-thinking companies look for other, non-monetary ways to benefit employees. One such response are workplace gardens, which are a perfect fit for companies with large office spaces and plenty of unused land on......read more

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