Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture

Vacant Lots to Vibrant Plots: A Review of the Benefits and Limitations of Urban Agriculture


Urban agriculture is taking off and taking on new forms. Edible landscapes, rooftop gardens, and indoor farms now complement community gardens, backyard gardens, and greenhouses.

A new review from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF)–an academic center housed in the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences–provides an overview of the docu­mented sociocultural, health, environmental, and economic development outcomes of urban agricul­ture.

“While urban agriculture alone will not solve the many dilemmas of our food system, it can be part of a constellation of interventions needed to transform the food system into one that is more socially just, ecologically sound, and economically viable,” says lead author Raychel Santo, a Program Coordinator with the CLF.

Grow LA Victory Garden Classes Spring 2016

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The University of California Cooperative Extension is organizing workshops in various communities throughout Los Angeles County to teach residents how to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

The Grow LA Victory Garden classes are organized and led by UC California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. Those who complete the 4-week training will become UC-Certified Victory Gardeners.

Worms At Work – 20 Days Time Lapse

Timelapse video of redworms (Eisenia fetida) through 20 days of vermicomposting. Aprox. 2-3 cm (1inch) thick layers of compost and sawdust were topped with layer of grass clippings. Photos were taken every 10 minutes and video is played at 24 fps.

Photo & Video: Gregor Skoberne

Experiment design, Music & Editing: Anže Rovanšek

Why We Should Be Urban Farming

We are running out of space for farmland and a third of all food that is produced is wasted. Ken Dunn has been called the greenest man in Chicago and he’s on a crusade to turn our food waste into productive farmland–right in the middle of the city!

Special Thanks to:

Ken Dunn, David Durstewitz, Lindsay Roadruck, and Jide Oke

The Resource Center Chicago

Danielle Nierenberg

The Plant: Growing Off Grid (old Good Stuff video about another cool farming operation in Chicago)

Composting Class in Los Angeles

Composting Class - Hamilton High School

For more info email George Pessin

Garden Classes at Greystone Mansion

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The University of California Cooperative Extension is organizing workshops in various communities throughout Los Angeles County to teach residents how to grow their own vegetables.

I am very pleased to announce that I will be teaching the Grow LA Victory Garden Classes once again at Greystone Mansion and Park in Beverly Hills.

We will be hosting 4 Sunday classes (12 noon – 3 PM) beginning 5/31/15.

List of topics includes:

Week 1 (Sunday, May 31): planning, tools, seed starting, raised beds, container gardening, plant selection (what to grow and when to grow it)

Week 2 (Sunday, June 14): transplanting, soil structure, soil preparation, organic fertilizers, irrigation, mulching

Week 3 (Sunday, June 21): integrated pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), organic pesticides, composting and worm composting

Week 4 (Sunday, June 28): pollination, seed saving, fruit trees, harvesting, review, and graduation

Registration must be completed through Beverly Hills Park and Recreation. See Catalog (page 9). You will be confirmed registration once payment is made.  See registration page here.

The cost is $15 for each class ($12 for Beverly Hills residents) or $56.00 for the entire series ($45 for BH residents). Those who take all 4 classes will be given a certificate of completion.

Any questions please contact: George Pessin, Master Gardener Instructor
Tel: 310-779-8816

Dickson Despommier on Urban Agriculture & Vertical Farming

In September 2014 the Centre for Urban Agriculture held an international conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture. As part of the conference Dickson Despommier gave a presentation entitled ‘City Farms for City Dwellers’ and in this video we hear his views on this subject.

Dickson Despommier is the author of ‘Vertical Farming’ and Emeritus professor of microbiology and public health at Columbia University.

For more information about the Centre for Urban Agriculture and their upcoming events visit:

Future Megacities: Urban Agriculture in Casablanca, Morocco

In Future Megacities Short Films Series, local decision makers, stakeholders and researchers take the stage. They present their model cities’, research results and concrete solutions created for influencing the urban development in a sustainable and energy efficient manner.

Utah Profiles in Urban Agriculture

Urban farmers near Salt Lake City face challenges that are different than rural farmers and ranchers. Produced by the Utah Fruit and Vegetable Association and narrated by Anne Forester, this video is a look at five urban farms in Northern Utah.