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(Originally posted: August 12th 2008)

In this excellent article for Time Magazine, Lisa McLaughlin describes a number of urban farming initiatives that together tackle many problems, including global warming, foreign-oil dependence, processed food, obesity and neighbourhood blight.

Some of these initiatives are high tech, some are kids from the block happily getting down on hands and knees, but they all seem great to me. Apart from anything else, my belief is that anything that changes a child's growing-up environment from concrete to greenery is going to benefit everyone's happiness in the future.

Read Lisa's article here.

Here are just a few examples from the accompanying photo essay (click each picture below for more links about that particular project):

"Vertical farms, like this one envisioned in downtown Toronto, theoretically would bring food production into the heart of population centers, with one farmscraper feeding thousands of people."

"The Food Project works to achieve both social and agricultural change by bringing together kids from diverse backgrounds to farm several lots in urban Boston, like this one on a hospital roof... [It] grows nearly 250,000 pounds of food without chemical pesticides, donating half to local shelters and selling the remainder at farmers' markets in disadvantaged neighborhoods or through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) crop shares."

"Seattle-based architecture firm Mithun designed this vertical farm so that it would not require any water from municipalities and would also use photovoltaic cells to produce nearly 100% of the building's electricity."

"On the site of a former asphalt-covered playground in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Red Hook Community Farm provides job training to local teens. Of the more than 40 crops grown here, some are sold at farmers' markets, others to local restaurants and the rest is donated to those in need."

[For more examples from the photo essay, see here]
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