Fact – more than 50% of the world’s population now lives in urban environments. It’s estimated that by 2050, the number could be as high as 80%. If we think we’re disconnected from our food supply now, the future looks even more bleak.
This is just one reason that urban farming and urban agriculture projects are so important and interesting.
I love the Eagle Street Rooftop garden here in Brooklyn, NY. Ben Flanner and Annie Novak built and tend this rooftop garden. Check out this picture of the farm:
For the full story, check out the article on Serious Eats. Even if you don’t have roof-space like the Eagle street operation, you can grow food in much, much smaller spaces as well.
Another great project in New York City is Added Value, a community farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn. According to their own website:
“Added Value is a non-profit organization promoting the sustainable development of Red Hook by nurturing a new generation of young leaders. We work towards this goal by creating opportunities for the youth of South Brooklyn to expand their knowledge base, develop new skills and positively engage with their community through the operation of a socially responsible urban farming enterprise.”
Added-Value took over a dilapidated, unused city lot and turned it into a functioning 2.75 acre farm. It’s an incredible project and they take volunteers on weekend. Go visit.
For a list of some large-scale NYC gardens check out this article.
A great organization to check out is Growing Power, a great organization founded by former NBA player and MacArthur Fellow Will Allen. Growing Power’s projects in Milwaukee and Chicago are teaching kids and adults alike the value and power of sustainable food production. Watch Allen’s youtube video to see what Growing Power is all about:
Please leave comments about other interesting urban farming/gardening projects.