Free to Grow and Pick!

When you think of Bath, England, you mostly think of the ancient Roman Baths or stately Georgian architecture. That is, if you think of anything at all besides claw foot tubs and jokes about drinking the bathwater. You most certainly don’t think of a thriving food system and underground guerilla gardening.
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Campus vegetable garden beckons passing snackers

A little white sign tucked in between the plants offers passersby this invitation: “Need a snack? Come over and have a bite. We’re showing space-saving ideas for vegetable patches and showing that veggies can be pretty and yummy. Go ahead and munch on a tomato as you wait for the bus!”
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Community Gardens: Growing Your Own

Gardening not only provides a connection with nature, it connects us to our food. As more and more people are concerned about the provenance of their food – where it comes from and how it is grown – gardening has given “local” a new meaning: “Zero Food Miles.”
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Harvesting Your Bountiful Garden

Everywhere you look there great leafy greens and plump fruit. It’s halfway through the growing season with no end to the harvest in sight. Just the thought of another salad or summer squash is enough to make you want to call for a pizza. Now what do you do?
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Andrés Duany Explains Agriculture and Urbanism

Andrés Duany, architect and urban planner, breaks down the methods of incorporating agriculture into urban environment in a Pecha Kucha* format in this video from CNU 19 in Madison, WI. The visuals may be a bit rough, but the audio is good and the content is terrific!
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New Urbanism Meets Alternative Agriculture

This will be the first of several columns and interviews resulting from a recent 4-day Congress for New Urbanism Conference, otherwise known as CNU 19, held this year in Madison, Wisconsin, home of dairy, bicycles, and wacky politics. How many other states have a quarter of their state senators up for recall or host tractor protest rallies around the state capitol, have 6 months of winter, and a burgeoning organic foods industry?
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Truck Farm by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis

Truck Farm tells the story of a new generation of quirky urban farmers. Using green roof technology and heirloom seeds, filmmaker Ian Cheney (KING CORN, THE CITY DARK) plants a vegetable garden on the only land he’s got: his Granddad’s old pickup.
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Root Crops - Perennial Vegetables

Imagine growing vegetables that require just about the same amount of care as the flowers in your perennial beds and borders–no annual tilling and planting. They thrive and produce abundant and nutritious crops throughout the season. It sounds too good to be true.
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Urban Agriculture – Growing Your Own

Small-scale alternative food production such as gardens and urban farms are making it possible for families and small farming groups to grow their own food and to sell to local markets. Urban farmers around the world have taken control of food production and distribution to populations that cannot or choose not to buy their food through the conventional system.
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Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land by Kurt Timmermeister

Told in Timmermeister’s plainspoken voice, Growing a Farmer details with honesty the initial stumbles and subsequent realities he had to face in his quest to establish a profitable farm for himself. Personal yet practical, Growing a Farmer includes the specifics of making cheese, raising cows, and slaughtering pigs, and it will recast entirely the way we think about our relationship to the food we consume.
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