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Young Farmers: Jeff

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A young greenie leads the food shift

Our man Jeff is an expert gardener who attributes his interest in growing his own food to his family, for whom eating healthy, organic and local has always been par for the course. In this episode, we roll with Jeff to his garden plot, where he treasure hunts for potatoes and weird Siamese twin cucumbers. Then we get a glimpse of his first-rate grilling skills, as he cooks up fresh veg from......read more

Young Farmers: Willa

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A green-thumbed high school student shows off her impressive veggie garden

You know something is embedded in your brain once you start dreaming about it. For Willa, another of our Young Farmers, that would include her garden, the subject of a recent dream (nightmare?) involving some missing lettuce. Now in high school, the enthusiastic planter has been at the gardening game for many years, thanks to her mom and grandma, who got her into plants early on. Here, we......read more

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

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

Heslet Honey: From Scratch

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Lovely short vid by Eric Wolfinger documents honey harvesting in San Francisco's Telegraph Hill

Founded by Kate McGee along with her two young boys, Heslet Honey harvests sweet, golden honey from a few wooden beehives located on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. Part of a San Francisco pilot program that provides public space for urban ag projects, Heslet Honey takes its name from Valetta Heslet, who transformed the area from garbage dump to garden starting in the late '40s. From March......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

Gardens NYC: Isa's Oasis

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Isa Brito's herbal elixirs spring from the healing plants in her Williamsburg garden.

Our good friend Isa Brito is the herbalist behind Isa's Restoratives, a line of wildcrafted, organic concoctions that we fully endorse (hot tip: try the Blue Chamomile Face Cream ). In this episode of Gardens NYC, we explore the Williamsburg garden where the lives of Isa's tinctures begin. But healing plants aren't the garden's only residents; Isa is down with weeds as well.......read more

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

Prospective Mobility

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Is this the future of urban transportation?

Battery-powered semi trucks? Trains that pick up cars full of passengers without stopping? Personal mobility capsules that attach to planes, trains, and boats? Sound a little far-fetched? Well it may be less sci-fi than you think, according to this video commissioned by Alstom. The animated clip, produced by Paris-based studio Le 7e bureau, envisions a prospective transportation future......read more

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