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

community building / culture and farming / Farms / Food industry / food movements / hydroponics / Reflections / Uncategorized / Urban agriculture

What’s Dirt Got to Do With It?

I love dirt. Dirt is important to me. When I was six my sister refused to let me sit on her bed because apparently there was dirt in my hair (there was). It didn’t really bother me though because the time I spent outside, investigating each blade of grass and each creepy crawler, was worth … Continue reading

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From Communes to Cabs

When I first arrived at the NYU Urban Farm, I was quickly struck by one thing in particular- how orderly everything seemed to be. My only previous experience in agriculture had been at a permaculture-style farm community called Gaia Yoga Gardens on the Big Island of Hawaii. Needless to say, the farming practices and were … Continue reading

Organic Farming Could Get Even Easier
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Organic Farming Could Get Even Easier

Urban agriculture is hard work— I found that out first hand the first time I wielded a pitchfork to turn compost as farm manager of the NYU Farm Lab— so one can imagine why conventional farming practices involve the use of pesticides to make a farmer’s life easier. As you may know, pesticides are substances used … Continue reading

Going Back to My Roots
Biodiversity / Farms / Reflections / Sustainable Farming / Travel

Going Back to My Roots

Farming the Sustainable Way From the Mediterranean Coast to the Urban Campus By Julia K. Haramis, @nutritionista, http://www.nycnutritionista.com When I first entered the NYU Urban Farm Lab for my Introduction to Urban Agriculture class I was surprised by the sentimental emotions that hit me – it was a combination of feeling like things had come full … Continue reading