Beehive safety in parks debated

Before they might open up selected Eau Claire parks to beekeepers, City Council members want more details as they grapple with how that could affect residents who are allergic to the insects’ stings. The council discussed potential changes Monday night to its ordinance that allows beekeeping, which are expected to come back for a vote later this month after undergoing some revision. “Overall I like the direction this is going,”…

Make the most of ‘living green’ in Seattle

Young Woman Working in a Home Grown Vegetable Garden Whether you’re a newcomer to the city or a born-and-bred Seattleite, it’s no surprise that the Emerald City has a reputation for being green in more ways than one. In July, Seattle became the first city in the nation to ban the use of plastic straws at cafés and restaurants. In 2015, composting became not just a nice alternative to trash…

Opportunities abound for New York agriculture

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Saratoga County is a microcosm of New York’s diverse $5 billion agriculture industry, which ranks nationally as a leader for goods such as yogurt, cheese and sour cream (first); apples and maple syrup (second); and milk production (third). Many more opportunities such as farm-to-school initiatives, urban gardening and enhanced marketing of products ranging from hemp to concord grapes are also on the horizon in 2019. The state’s…

Farm Bill would benefit Detroit’s urban agriculture

Detroit — Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Monday championed reforms to encourage urban agriculture in the 2018 Farm Bill. Stabenow, a ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, urged President Donald Trump to sign the bipartisan legislation that would widen a safety net for farmers, encourage conservation efforts and protect food assistance programs. Both chambers of Congress passed the bill by wide margins last week…

Uber CEO and Alphabet Invest in Urban Farming Startup

Bowery Farming Inc., a two-year-old startup that uses robotics to cultivate crops indoors, is on track for more growth. The New York-based company plans to announce on Wednesday that it raised $90 million from investors including Alphabet Inc.’s GV and Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi, said Bowery’s co-founder and CEO, Irving Fain. The company declined to provide its valuation. Bowery is part of a new crop of agriculture technology…

Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet

The green revolution that transformed modern agriculture has generally increased its scale. There’s tremendous potential for efficiencies in the large-scale application of mechanization, fertilization, and pesticide use. But operating at that level requires large tracts of land, which means sources of food have grown increasingly distant from the people in urban centers who will ultimately eat most of it. In some ways, hyper-local food is a counterculture movement, focused on growing…

Most POPULAR Gardening Instagram Posts from 2018

It’s been a BEAUTIFUL year! Now that it’s coming to an end let’s have some FUN and celebrate by looking back at our most POPULAR posts from 2018. 1. @urbanorganicgardener 2. @mimscuisine 3. @myactiveroots 4. @825farm 5. @bigdeliciousplanet 6. @suburban.existence 7. @almabackyardfarms 8. @lifecanbeadreamsweetheart 9. @suburban.existence Happy 2019! To see MORE great garden inspiration, make sure you’re following us on our Instagram Account, @urbanorganicgardener

Vacant lot in West Baltimore being transformed into urban garden

“An urban garden that will yield colorful plants to make dye for artists and educators is being planned for a vacant lot in West Baltimore. The half-acre garden will be located in the Rosemont community as part of a nearly 6-acre parcel in the 800 block of Ashburton Street. The property is owned by Coppin State University and will be a part of a pilot urban farming project by the…

TomatoFest Announces Release of “Anthony Bourdain Tomato” Seeds

TomatoFest announces the release of “Anthony Bourdain Tomato” seeds. “Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, and television personality who explored the cuisines, culture, joys and essentials of human existence around the world. He was an icon to me, and many others, who love food and cooking as a most enjoyable way of gathering people together to celebrate our humanity. “We wanted to pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain’s life…