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Gardens NYC: Patrick's Place

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Urban gardening comes up from underground.

There's nothing new about urban gardening. The Romans grew food on rooftops. Schoolyards and vacant lots have hosted veggie plots for centuries. So today's city agriculture explosion is really just a reclamation of our heritage. And nowhere is it more prevalent than Brooklyn, where Patrick Nagel (no, not that Patrick Nagel) gets his green thumb dirty every day. Born and raised near Detroit,......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Breuckelen Distilling

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Brad Estabrooke's micro-distillery keeps things local.

This week on Brooklyn Informed, the BKI team hooks up with Brad Estabrooke, owner and founder of the Breuckelen Distilling Company in Sunset Park. The 31 year-old native of Maine bailed on a career on Wall Street to open the small-scale distillery near the Gowanus waterfront, where he crafts farm-to-bar gin from organic raw ingredients sourced around New York state. With a grain mill, a......read more

Gardens NYC: Creative Living

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Garden as canvas.

Ten years ago, when artist Greg Van de Hey felt the creative impulse, he'd make a painting. But now, with two young kids, there just isn't enough time to make art. That's where his garden comes in. Whether it's building a rain barrel, making a grapevine trellis, or making wine, the young dad can always find a garden project that satiates his creative drive. It all plays into......read more

Stag Takes Dining Underground - and Beyond

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With a shared passion for sustainability, Stag Dining Group & SHFT team up at Sundance

The latest food rage that's sweeping the nation is taking place underground. Clandestine dinners are one-off events held at secret locations, where in-the-know guests rub elbows with like-minded diners. Next week, Stag Dining Group, Cocktail Lab, and FAIR. Spirits team up with SHFT at Sundance (in conjunction with Ford and W Residences Hollywood) to bring a shared......read more

The Real Happy Meal

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Travel to Valsugana, Italy to enjoy homegrown food in the open mountain air

The StoryTravelers, a group of filmmakers dedicated to documenting "genuine travel experiences," continue their mission with The Real Happy Meal, in which the intrepid filmmakers take us to Valsugana, a fertile valley in northern Italy dotted with vineyards and surrounded by mountains. The clip asks us to rethink the meaning of "happy meal," a term which for most of us is synonymous with a......read more

The Perennial Plate: The Middle Way

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In China, the sustainable food series documents a restaurant owner's plight to promote organic produce

After graduating from an urban university and gaining some experience working in the city, Lifen Yang succumbed to the magnetic pull of her rural homeland near Kumming, in China's Yunnan province. Returning home, she applied her business know-how to launching her own restaurant. Sourcing organic produce from her parents' farm, Yang promotes healthy, sustainable food practices in the area. In "The......read more

The Itty Bitty Farm in the City

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When Heidi Kooy introduced farm animals into her San Francisco garden, it entirely changed her relationship with food

Heidi Kooy already had a nice-sized, 100-square-foot vegetable garden in her San Francisco backyard when she decided to up the ante with a gaggle of hens and a couple of Nigerian dwarf dairy goats. The introduction of animals, spurred by a need to understand and control the process of food production, has entirely changed her relationship with food. "The goats provide us with the perfect amount......read more

We Live Outside

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A hybrid music video/documentary about farming, food, love, and redemption

Keep some tissue handy for this one. NYC filmmaking collective Public Record is making a documentary called "We Live Outside" about Lincoln Fishman and Hilary Costa, a couple who left the city behind to start a farm and build a new life in the country. But just as the pair begin to hit their stride, Lincoln is diagnosed with cancer and their dream is in threat of collapse. This moving clip,......read more

Post Grad Organic Farming

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National Geographic photos captures the infernal early moments of the disaster.

There's a trend afoot. In college campuses across the country there is talk about the evils of industrialized farming, the importance of organics, the beauty of green markets, and the politics of food. More and more kids are opting to intern on organic farms, and due to the burgeoning demand for organic produce bought directly from local farmers, it's a viable field for today's......read more

Gary Hirshberg, CE-YO, Stonyfield Farm

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And now, a word from our sponsor.

What began 26 years ago as an organic farming school funded by yogurt sales is now a $320 million company supporting 1,400 organic farms across the USA. Stonyfield Farm co-founder Gary Hirshberg explains himself....read more

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