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    The Opportunities in Agritourism

    Agritourism is a growing industry that benefits both curious visitors and farmers.Many of us have participated in agritourism even if we haven’t heard the term. It can include anything from tasting the wines on offer at local vineyards, picking the perfect pumpkin, or filling up baskets at an ...

    The Incredible Edible Forest

    You’ve heard of farm to table. Coming soon: park to table. This spring, in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, seven acres of underused land will be transformed into the nation’s largest urban “food forest”—a community park planted with a cornucopia of produce that visitors are ...

    Galactic Gardens: How to Eat Local in Space

    What must it feel like to be an astronaut: weightless, rocketing farther and farther from home and country, gazing out your craft’s window at the deepness of space, wondering where you can get a good salad...As astronauts set their sights on a not-so-distant mission to Mars, scientists are ...

    Are Farmbots the Future of Agriculture?

    Lots of people think that farming has gotten too industrialized. But there are others who believe it’s not nearly industrialized enough—such as the Iowa inventor who envisions armies of robots growing our food in the future.Discovery News reports on David Dourhout’s new Prospero, a ...

    Guerrilla Grafters: Turning Urban Streets into Orchards

    What do you get if you cross an apple tree with a littleleaf linden? The Guerrilla Grafters—a renegade urban gardening group in San Francisco—hope the result is a metropolitan food forest. The volunteer activists splice branches from fruit trees onto the non–fruit bearing trees that line ...

    Detroit Crop City

    The decay of present-day Detroit has been well chronicled, and the new documentary film Urban Roots in its first minutes treads familiar ground as it unspools a now-familiar montage of crumbling warehouses and gutted bungalows in the ailing Motor City. But before you can hurl charges of “ruin ...

    Falling Hard for Urban Farming

    “Why would someone spend their limited leisure time shoveling horse-shit into a compost pile?” wonders Jason Mark, co-manager at San Francisco’s Alemany Farm, which hosts community workdays twice a week.More and more, people are clamoring to join in the urban farming movement and get ...

    The Elusive 2,000-Pound Pumpkin

    The biggest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,810.5 pounds. It was planted in the spring of 2010 and cultivated through the summer by Chris Stevens, a pumpkin enthusiast and cross-breeder extraordinaire, from New Richmond, Wisconsin. Stevens’ gargantuan gourd was anything but a fluke found in ...

    At Home in Agriburbia

    Whatever you call it—“agricultural urbanism,” “new ruralism,” or one of the dozen other alternate labels—the concept of carefully planned agrarian suburbs sounds like utopia. Protecting land while permitting growth, “agriburbia” is a farm-friendly antidote to the eat-it-up ...

    The Climate on the Farm Is Changing

    Farmers are often among the first people to notice a shift in the climate. So while I rely on scientists for my big-picture information about climate change, I also take seriously the cumulative daily—and yearly—field research of a trusted source: My local CSA (community supported ...

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