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Urban Agriculture: Tonic or Toxic?
Agriculture / compost / Education / Food industry / food movements / Harvest / NYU Urban Farm Lab / Organic / Planting / soil health / Urban agriculture

Urban Agriculture: Tonic or Toxic?

Ever since I was child, I have been mother’s little helper in the garden. Organic, fresh, vegetables were always the preference in our household. Then, with maturity came my acceptance to college and my big move to New York City. To no surprise, there is only a limited number of organic produce available in most … Continue reading

Agriculture / Aquaponics / hydroponics / NYU Urban Farm Lab / Organic / Polycutulre / Scale / Symbiosis / Urban agriculture

Aquaponics in New York City

Urban agriculture combines both urban and agrarian cultures. Agriculture built farmlands; industrialization built cities. The industrialization of agriculture led to monoculture, chemically-intensive food, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones, and output was valued more than nutrition, generating profit rather than solving the hunger crisis. Urban agriculture has emerged as a rapidly growing movement to help solve the … Continue reading

Can Urban Farms Be Sanctuaries for Bees?
backyard gardens / Farms / science / Uncategorized / Urban agriculture

Can Urban Farms Be Sanctuaries for Bees?

By Rachel Nehemiah Of all pollinators, bees account for the greatest amount of pollination: about 80-90 percent worldwide. And we can thank bees for about one third of our crops too – things like onions, broccoli, chilli peppers, watermelons and pumpkins rely on bees for pollination. Being so important, not only to the world as … Continue reading

Education / Farms / Personal Reflections / Urban agriculture

Proctor Academy & Educational Urban Farms

Seoul, Vancouver, Boston, New York: I spent the majority my life in cities. I feel more comfortable around grey skyscrapers and speeding taxi cabs, than bugs, wild animals, and evergreen trees. Perhaps you can imagine my surprise when I started at Proctor Academy, a small, experiential boarding school in Andover, New Hampshire — out of … Continue reading

In Appreciation of Cover Crops: Plants that do Work for Us!
crop rotation / Farms / Personal Reflections / Planting / soil health

In Appreciation of Cover Crops: Plants that do Work for Us!

I don’t remember when I first heard the term “cover cropping,” but I know it was a while after I developed a serious interest in gardening and farming. An ongoing curiosity concerning the growth and care of plants has resulted in my working in the horticulture department of a zoo, as an employee of a … Continue reading