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WATCH: A Farm Grows On Brooklyn

Picture it: the island of Manhattan as seen from space. Rather than one rectangular island of green—Central Park—floating in an unfriendly ocean of grays and blacks, imagine that ocean dotted with thousands of smaller islands. That’s right—I’m talking about rooftop gardens.

Think of the benefits. The cooling effect of a green roof means a drop in energy used for air conditioning in the summer, which means a reduced burden on the electrical grid, less fossil fuels getting used up to produce electricity, and fewer carbon emissions. It means fresh, local food right right at your doorstep (or above your head, as the case may be). And it means easing the burden on the city’s sewer system during severe rainstorms: the soil will just soak it right up. Think of it as earth-sheltered housing for the inner city. You don’t even have to build a new structure to do it.

BBC News sent a camera crew to New York City to film the project, headed by Lisa Goode of Goode Green.

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Get Ready, Get Resilient

Are you resilient? How about we put your answer to the test, literally. Now, we know that assessment is always an important, albeit imperfect, subjective, and incomplete tool. In order to understand one’s skill in living a resilient lifestyle, Ben Falk, author of the award-winning The Resilient Farm and Homestead, developed the following assessment tool. […] Read More

Happy Holidays from Chelsea Green Publishing!

Today we kick off our Holiday Sale — with 35% off every purchase at our online bookstore. Simply use the code CGS16 at checkout from now until the end of the year. Along with this great discount, we are offering free shipping on any order over $100*. Are there homesteaders or organic gardeners on your […] Read More

The 5 Rules of Lean Thinking

Are you ready to co-create the future? These 5 Rules of Lean Thinking are a useful tool as we set out to collectively invent a post-market future. Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food. Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive […] Read More

Using Permaculture Principles to Design Resilient Cities

The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures. Author Toby Hemenway (Gaia’s Garden) lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our […] Read More
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