TweetI had the pleasure of interviewing Chip Taylor, ecologist and founder of MonarchWatch.org. He recently received the the NRDC 2014 Growing Green Award for his work with the monarch butterflies. Our monarch butterflies are in trouble. Last year there were approximately 30 to 35 million monarchs overwintering in Mexico. In 1996, there were over 1 […]
Tweet NRDC and Berkeley Food Institute Announce Winners of the 2014 Growing Green Awards I had the pleasure of interviewing each of the winners last week. Stay tuned for the interviews – posted here soon. It’s always amazing to speak to people following their passion and doing wonderful work for the world simultaneously. Awards honor leaders […]
Tweet Don’t miss the TedX talk “Changing the Way We Eat” ON SATURDAY, MARCH 1ST FROM 10:30am – 6:30pm EST. “Changing the Way We Eat” (www.tedxmanhattan.org) will feature a dynamic group of speakers addressing issues in sustainable food and farming. As in the past 3 years, TEDxManhattan will promote innovative work being […]
Tweet Here in California, we’re in the middle of a drought. Here are a five simple steps to conserve water. 1. COMPOST not the disposal: Every time you put food down the disposal and run water, gallons of water are wasted. The average tap outflows 2.5 gallons per minute. Instead, throw those scraps into a […]
Tweet A little inspiration from a South African jewel called the Karoo Cafe. Take some pallets and make a tiny garden deck and table.
Tweet The holidays can be a frenzy, but at the same time it’s also full of family, friends, hot chocolate, mocha lattes, glittery ribbon, twinkly lights, thoughtful gift buying, excited children, ice-skating, sing-a-longs, busy kitchens and delicious food and drink. As you begin your search for the perfect gift for your loved ones, consider the […]
Tweet Messaging about GMO’s can be confusing. Some say it’s good, some say it’s bad. At UrbanFig, we love technology, but also think that nature should be revered. We should work with nature rather than trying to reinvent her. Check out this excellent mythbusting video that separates fact from fiction.
Tweet I must admit, I’ve been pretty busy this past summer and my garden has limped along due to my admitted neglect. Remarkably, the prolific Sun Gold cherry tomatoes have done well along with swiss chard, thyme, green onions and King of North peppers. Definitely give these plants a try the next time it’s […]
Tweet Growing your own food, I admit, can be addictive. But oftentimes, no one mentions the wait time. You prepare your pot or garden bed soil, plant your seed or seedling, water and wait. And wait. And wait. But while your little tomatoes are growing and doing their thing, this is a fantastic opportunity to […]
Tweet Aquaponics is one of those remarkable discoveries based on nature and put into practice. The technology is simple. The fish do their normal thing (eat and poop) and this in-turn fertilizes the plant roots drinking up the water. It’s a brilliant system and one that you can even do at home. We came across […]
Tweet It’s rare for a vegan to write about raising chickens. But I’ve recently begun spending time with a few clucky chicks who live in my local community garden. It’s not a farm. In fact, it sits right on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. If you’re into the urban farming and gardening revival that’s taking […]
Tweet Growing a garden full of fruits and veggies. Planting a tree. These are things we do to make our homes more comfortable. They’re rituals. They yield fresh food, shade, beauty, aromas. But one of the forgotten—yet most important—benefits of trees and plants: they also provide us with clean air. With so many people now […]
Tweet It’s hard to calculate exactly how many urban gardens and farms have popped up around the country in recent years, but we can be sure of one thing: the interest in urban farming is showing no sign of slowing down. With more people now living in urban environments rather than rural settings, urban agriculture […]
Tweet The Garden is the ultimate DIY project. Bursting with yummy fruits and veggies, gorgeous flowers, fragrant herbs and hopefully lots of inspired moments, few projects can rival the rewards of a well tended to garden. But why stop in the dirt? Have you explored some other ways to enjoy your DIY gardening green thumb? […]
Tweet If you’ve got limited space but are determined to get your garden growing in containers, you don’t have to give up delicious fruits! Gardening often brings to mind a bounty of fresh vegetables, beans, corn…as many fruits are tree-borne, taking years before the first fruits are ripe for eating. But you can grow fruits […]
TweetPhiladelphia and New York City are on a mission to green their cities through school gardens. Check out this article for more details. We applaud this amazing effort!
Tweet Raising chickens is the new thing. We found this great article featuring stylish coops for your backyard. Who says that raising chickens can’t add art to your backyard? Need a little inspiration for raising chickens? Meet the Brunos. Carol Carimi Acutt aims to inspire everyone to grow their own food with ease. […]
Tweet This is a great product to start your first garden. The Nourishmat is practically a “paint by numbers” garden template. It comes with pre-selected seeds and with a watering system. If you try this, let us know how you like it. If you don’t have as much space as the Nourishmat requires, check […]
Tweet The world’s rainforests are in jeopardy. Globalization, for all its many helpful offerings, takes unbelievably harsh tolls on our world’s precious and limited natural resources. Industries deeply connected to our food supply are now essentially waging war on valuable rainforests around the world. According to National Geographic, “During the past 40 years, close to […]