A print in which the high-tech industrial vertical gardening visions are questioned. Maybe such visions are viable — but what is the energy equation, where are the investment dollars, how does local zoning figure in, and how does such a massive shift to tech-heavy high-density living square with other much lower tech (and less costly) options for a transition to a more sustainable world? — … [Read more...] about Jack and the Beanstalk
This piece is on the role of urban agriculture in what is variously called anti-recidivism programs or restorative justice programs depending on the nature of the group providing the service. The point to it is that there are ways to help offenders and ex-offenders (and even those in personal prisons created by bad decisions but not necessarily incarcerated, or prisons of troubling situations … [Read more...] about Seeds that heal
Did you know that a local dairy is one of five elements described by urban anthropologists as key to the longevity of a city? It seems that people have long valued having their milk, cream, and cheese in close proximity. The example often cited is that of Oxford, England, with centuries-old working dairies at the heart of city life. Such used to be the case in the United States too, until the … [Read more...] about Milking it
Some argue that Urban Agriculture is only about crops being raised in cities for profit — and that's it. It's only about industry. In fact some even go so far as to say that it's only the more industrial of these practices that count as urban ag. Me, not so much. Industry is of course, great! But I'd argue that urban farming is so much more, being especially dependent on markets for any … [Read more...] about Stoking the fire
Slightly blurry on the Web but clear in person — this piece is in celebration of the many Greenhorn people in various training and development programs whose aim is to build the farmers, farms, and food systems of the future. The folks depicted — Trevor Piersol, Emily Melvin, Ben Samuelson — just happen to be former Senior Fellows from the Allegheny Mountain Institute. Their training ground was … [Read more...] about Greenhorns to the rescue!
A piece depicting the possibilities in vertical gardening. I'm one who values more low-tech solutions to the vertical gardening question, rather than the whiz-bag and energy-heavy solutions that look at this question through a more Buck Rogers futuristic approach. It's not that I don't appreciate what some tech-y solutions can do for us, especially as we transition. But ultimately I'm … [Read more...] about Grow up!