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…

Agriculture for the Urban Carnivore

Here, at the NYU Urban Farm Lab, we focus on vegetables.  On our little plot of land, located right on Houston Street, next to the fast cars and amid the hustle and bustle of commuter and city traffic, we experiment with crops so as to learn about gardening in an urban setting.  If we were…

And I thought my brother’s girlfriend was crazy…

Adina Lichtman, 11/13/14 It was only about 3 years ago that my brother was dating someone completely insane… I would see her take all our scraps of food from our plates or from the salads my mom and I would cut, and put it in a bag. My only reaction was “eww, that’s disgusting.” I…

The Possibilities for Urban Agriculture

What are benefits of urban agriculture? It can provide fresh produce for the community, while reducing transportation emissions by growing food locally. It provides an outdoor space for residents. Additionally tending to the garden can provide a means of getting physical activity and some sunshine on good days. A community garden can bring the community…

From the Farm to the Can

By: Maricruz Iniguez Coming from Ecuador, a small country, where I saw food being grown countryside farms, seeing food being grown in urban space has been an eye opening experience. My grandmother back home in Ecuador is kind of the “farmer” of the house. She loves her garden and her plants. She has lemon and…

Urban farming will do to you what Spring does to the cherry trees!

“Urban community gardens and farms help overcome social, health, and environmental justice challenges. that counteract the physical passivity associated with the obesity epidemic. Participating in beautifying a neighborhood builds a constructive, collective consciousness. The presence of vegetable gardens in inner-city neighborhoods is positively correlated with decreases in crime, trash dumping, juvenile delinquency, fires, violent deaths, and mental illness. Safe and pleasant neighborhoods promote active lifestyles and outdoor exercise ”
Hurley 2004; Patel 2003; McKay 1998.

Urban Farming is Radical, or How I Found an Inchworm in my Cabbage

Last week, I brought home some collard greens, kale, swiss chard, cabbage, eggplant, and jalapeño peppers. My stomach was empty and I couldn’t wait to sauté the vegetables in a pan with some coconut oil, salt, and pepper. As I started cutting the head of cabbage, I found a little green inchworm nestled between the…

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…

Bomb-shelter farms…Growing Underground

A new phenomenon is taking form in the world of urban and innovative agriculture, bomb shelter farms. Scientists now believe that we have only about 60 years left of top soil and with water pollution and an ever expanding population farming has been forced to take on a new form. Growing Underground created by Stephen…

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…

Watch and learn

If you’re more of a visual person than a reader, here’s a great little video about our farm: