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Urban Agriculture — Defined

Over 80% of Americans live in urban areas. Urban agriculture is a story of growing food on windy rooftops, in once vacant lots and empty warehouses. As Eli Zigas of San Francisco’s SPUR explains it: “Urban agriculture’s real contribution is…in the number of people it touches who can then understand and learn about food, how we grow it and how it feeds us.” The Lexicon of Sustainability post

The Potential for Urban Agriculture in New York City

With the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Urban Design Lab at the Earth Institute, Columbia University has conducted this comprehensive assessment of the potential for urban agriculture in New York City (NYC). This project is the first large-scale analysis of its kind for NYC, and while it is not definitive, we hope that the information and research will provide a baseline for understanding the critical issues related to urban agriculture in our city. The aim of this project is to outline and address a broad scope of issues that should be considered as public interest in urban agriculture continues to grow. Urban Design Lab at Columbia University report.

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

On the shoreline of the East River and with a sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is a 6,000 square foot green roof organic vegetable farm located atop a warehouse rooftop owned by Broadway Stages in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  During New York City’s growing season, the farmers at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm supply an onsite farm market, and bicycle fresh produce to area restaurants. With our Farm-Based Education team and training from food education organization Growing Chefs, the rooftop farm hosts a range of farm-based educational and volunteer programs. During the growing season,  are open to the public on Sundays (44 Eagle Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn) between 1pm-4pm. Website.

Brooklyn Grange Farm

Brooklyn Grange is the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US. We operate the world’s largest rooftop soil farms, located on two roofs in New York City, and grow over 50,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange also provides urban farming and green roof consulting and installation services to clients worldwide, and we partner with numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities. Website.

Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service

The Youth Farm is an educational production farm in central Brooklyn that offers New Yorkers opportunities to increase their knowledge of the food system and build high level organic growing skills to share with their communities. The Youth Farm grows organic food and flowers on one acre for the community and beyond, and offers advanced farm training and leadership opportunities for youth and adults. Website.

East New York Farms

The mission of the East New York Farms Project is to organize youth and adults to address food justice in our community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development.  East New York Farms! is a project of the United Community Centers in partnership with local residents. Website.

Gotham Greens

Gotham Greens designs, builds and operates commercial scale greenhouse facilities in urban areas for fresh vegetable production. Since commencing production in early 2011, Gotham Greens has quickly become a worldwide pioneer in the field of urban agriculture and one of New York State’s leading producers of premium-quality, greenhouse-grown vegetables and herbs. Website.

Bright Farms

BrightFarms finances, designs, builds and operates greenhouse farms at or near supermarkets, cutting time, distance, and cost from the produce supply chain. The inspiration for BrightFarms grew out of our desire to grow food in the same communities where it’s consumed—a desire to grow food that’s fresher, tastier, and better for the environment. The team at BrightFarms has been working in urban agriculture since 2006. Since 2011, we’ve been on a quest to bring commercial scale urban agriculture to the market, take our farms and the industry to the next level, and change the way we eat as a society. Website.

City Farms Program

The City Farms Program trains, connects, and empowers New York City community gardeners to spread knowledge about growing, selling, and giving more food in their neighborhoods. Our goal is to grow and distribute more food in New York City neighborhoods. Just Food website.

Supermarket turns ugly fruit and veg into own-brand soups and juices

The supermarket has created a new line of soups and juices called Les Fruits & Légumes Moches that aims to teach customers about food waste. As well as dedicating a section of its stores to ugly fruit and veg that consumers can buy at a 30 percent reduction from its standard groceries, the company also developed carrot soups, orange juice, mashed potatoes and aubergine purées from the cosmetically-challenged foods. Working with the Marcel agency, Intermarché created a special branding for the new range that actually celebrates the fact that its ingredients aren’t pretty, but perfectly fine to eat. Free samples were offered to customers in order to demonstrate that ugly fruit and veg can be just as tasty as pleasant-looking ones. Springwise story.

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

The CDC Guide to Strategies to Increase the Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables

This document provides guidance for program managers, policy makers, and others on how to select strategies to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables. It offers the most relevant information on each type of strategy. The discussion of each strategy follows the outline defined here. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publication.

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