data we can eat

Edible crops are dappling our cities’ skylines in growing numbers, and yet, the blossoming North American rooftop agriculture movement remains in its infancy.  As rooftop farmers and gardeners increasingly build knowledge by experimenting and improvising with…

more bees please

Standing on the roof of SHARE Food Program in north Philadelphia, the audible hum of bee wing vibration is hypnotizing.  Workers dart out of their hives to forage for pollen and nectar, others sluggishly return with…

chocolate skyline

This Valentine’s Day season I’d like to be as close to chocolate as possible, and consumer market trends suggest that I’m not alone.  For those of us living far from the equator, though, the main ingredient…

food city scenario

What would your city look like if urban agriculture drove development? The University of Arkansas Community Design Center posed this question in 2012 when a team of designers, scientists, lawyers, and students explored what their rapidly densifying city of Fayetteville, AR would…

top 10 reasons to buy EAT UP this holiday season

Not sure what to give your hip, garden-loving, urban foodie this holiday season?  How about a carbon neutral gift that they’ll use to gain inspiration and change the world?  “EAT UP | the inside scoop on…

financing the farm

Loquacious urban agriculture enthusiasts, like myself, revel in spreading the rooftop agriculture gospel.  I’ll happily talk your ear off about the countless benefits of rooftop farming, explain the technical intricacies of skyline farm design, and debate the…

EAT UP turns two!

It’s hard to believe, but this week EAT UP | The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture turns two!  My little bubelah is so grown up.  Since EAT UP’s publication by New Society Publishers in spring 2013, urban farmers and gardeners…

Philly’s tipping point

On March 19th ten players in Philadelphia’s urban farming community received a whopping $5 million grant award aimed at kickstarting healthy eating, exercise, and community building opportunities for local teens.  The IMPACT Grant, awarded by GlaxoSmithKline…

hungry for acreage

We’ve been keeping an eye on Gotham Greens since the rooftop farming pioneer opened its first commercial greenhouse in 2010.  The Brooklyn-based company’s 15,000 square foot (0.3-acre) flagship farm, in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, yields 100 tons of…

ruminating on rain barrels

Winter is the perfect time for gardeners and farmers to rest, plan for spring planting, and investigate big questions that sprouted during the past growing season.  My big question this winter: Is it safe to water edibles…