Hope this Wednesday finds everyone doing quite well…
City Farmer News served up the first two links in this roundup:
Hungry, Hungry Manhattan
Here’s a great video about what it would take to grow all Manhattan’s food on Manhattan Island. It’s a thought-provoking piece, although there are a number of other questions that it doesn’t address but leaves me curious about. Namely, I think a more useful question would be “What would it take to grow food for all Manhattanites within X miles of Manhattan Island?” Where X is less than, say, 500 miles.
At best, I think this video serves as a reminder that urban ag isn’t a silver bullet for our food system woes. But there’s also a way in which it sounds to like “Urban agriculture doesn’t work because you could never produce all of a city’s food in the city.” No one that I’m aware of, in the Urban Agriculture movement is arguing that any large city could ever be 100% food self-sufficient. Anywho…
[photo: see those tiny little green roofs? not gonna cut it... credit: gonycbybus]
Garden in a Bag
Here’s a bit of inspiration for modular/mobile gardening using large plastic totes, the type used in the shipping of some produce and bulk materials. Think of it as a raised bed that you don’t have to build, just unfold!
[photo credit: designboom]
Maria Finn at CityDirt penned this nice how-to on Strawberry Windowboxes. For those interested in starting strawberries from seed, now is a good time of year for many regions in the US. Check out varieties such as ‘Italian Alpine‘ and ‘Pineapple Crush‘ (the latter a white strawberry variety!!!).
Workshops for Tenant Farmers in Flatbush
Unless Google Analytics is lying to me, a fair number of you are from NYC. So I thought I’d throw out this event that Sustainable Flatbush is putting on this weekend. Lots of neat demonstrations for renter-farmer types: vermicomposting, sprouting, seed starting, etc. (Thanks to Robin at Urban Gardens for the heads-up on this one.)
[photo credit: sustainable flatbush]
Have fun out there!