Urban farmfitters

So you’ve seen that I’ve developed a new curiosity for urban farming. I love the idea of growing local. Here in NYC, I found downtown and near-midtown farms. It appears that cities around the world are becoming hot beds for urban farming. And new ideas pop up daily.

Mashable presented 11 small-big and big-big ideas for the future of urban farming. Here are my favorite picks of the bunch for the most interesting ideas for urban greening.

Green greetings: Postcardens (UK)

Temporary and tiny Postcardens are perfect for urbanites with little space and limited attention spans. These green greetings are mailable, so say hello to friends and spice up their desk space for about $13.

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Micro farming: Merry Project (Japan)

Kid-friendly farming is attractive to urban todds who like to get their hands dirty. Putting those discarded bottlecaps to good use and creating a teaching tool makes Merry Project’s bottlecap farming a great idea. Kits cost about $2 each, and house seeds for herbs and small produce.

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Vertical farms for vertical living: Vertical Farming (US)

Here’s the most expensive and most controversial of ideas, but interesting nonetheless. Vertical Farming challenges the horizontal blueprint. By creating high-rise, stacked farm systems placed in central urban locations, plantings would have a small footprint and can be harvested easily. Critics cite extensive water and energy use, and question actual savings over the traditional farm model.

The Vertical Farm Book costs about $11. Listen to Dickson Despommier’s big idea.


urban farming fresh ideas, innovations in urban farming, greening your city, vertical farming, small-space farming, greening your urban lifePS I received a Whole Foods gift card. It was enclosed in a wrapper that is recycled and embedded with wildflower seeds. I’m getting ready to plant it and I hope it will grow. Kudos Whole Foods, great idea!

Images: © Postcarden; © Merry Project © 2012 Janet Giampietro, Whole Foods wrapper shot with my first generation iPhone

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