Taking Root: Growing food, engaging community a way of life on west side farm
D-Town farms (located on the West side of Detroit) are one of the many projects of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network created in order to change the face of urban agriculture in the city. To find out more about these magnificent farms, follow the link: http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/takingroot611.aspx


Indoor Water Gardens
Are you looking to spice up your home with simple and classy pieces? Water gardens could be the right choice for you. All you need are plants that can float or be completely submerged in water (such as anubias, parrot’s feather, sweet flag, umbrella palm, and water lettuce) and sleek glass containers. These plants are easy to manage and look wonderful on your windowsill. To read more on how to create water garden pieces, follow this link:

5 Secrets to a no work garden
It’s a known fact that gardening is a hobby that takes a lot of strenuous work. But is it all necessary? In the blog post “5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden” Greg Seaman describes a gardening strategy where pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and strenuous physical effort is not a factor. According to Seaman, the process includes:
 Using the ‘No-till method of gardening, which involves not disturbing the soil and protecting the subsoil environment.
 Applying a thick layer of mulch around your plants and over the plant bed in order to enhance the growing conditions while reducing the time spent weeding and watering.
 Planting ‘green manure’ cover crops (such as peas, vetch, rye or buckwheat) between rotations to decrease the bags of peat moss and steer manure purchased and hauled.
 Growing in raised beds to lessen the strain on your back.
 Using soaker hoses for watering to eliminate the need to drag a hose from bed to bed.
What do you think about this process? Do you believe that taking the easier way out will lead you to better results? If you want to read more follow this link: http://eartheasy.com/blog/2011/04/5-secrets-to-a-%E2%80%98no-work%E2%80%99-garden/

Eating locally and reducing your carbon footprint is a popular topic that can appear difficult by the flooding of media messages. “Field Trips” are day trips to local farms that are geared towards connecting people from the city to their food source and farmers to their consumers. The trip gives city residents a hands-on learning experience that educates them on why it is important to eat locally. To read more of the article “Showing city residents where their food come from,” follow the link:

Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation on Detroit’s west side is teaming up with Dixon Elementary school for an urban gardening project to increase the availability of fresh vegetables and herbs for residents in the city. If you want to learn more about this project, you can watch the video at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djVs_SS0tnA&feature=player_embedded#at=21

Is urban agriculture just a fad? It appears not based on the history of urban agriculture in North America. Although it has only recently made the headlines, urban agriculture has arguably always existed. To read more of “Is urban agriculture a fad?” by Joel Thibert, follow the link: http://spacingmontreal.ca/2011/05/20/is-urban-agriculture-a-fad/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=ilovemontreal

After years of nerve-racking food scares from “melamine milk” to “glow-in-the-dark” pork and “exploding watermelons” urban China is starting to embrace the shoots of a new, green revolution and is going organic.