Category Archives: Urban Agriculture and Food Policy

Hot, Hot, Hot

No, I’m not talking about the genus Capsicum, whose many species of peppers thrive on a green roof. I’m talking about green roofs themselves.  For years, we rooftop farmers have attracted the attention of periodicals like Urban Farm and Living Architecture, … Continue reading

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Allotments

In the UK in the years before Margaret Thatcher whipped things into shape, there was not very much that the Battery Rooftop Gardener, then an American graduate student first discovering England, found worthy of emulation.   But I remember being deeply … Continue reading

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Dead or Alive?

The sharp blade slices through the skin, flesh and vascular tissues with ease.    Pressure in the vascular system collapses.   Almost immediately senescence – a genetically regulated process which leads to the death of cells and organs – begins.  Individual cells … Continue reading

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Bugs on the Roof: Pollinator Diversity

Visitors to BRTG could be forgiven for thinking that some late-night fresh-mint-mojito-fueled madness had resulted in the plastic drinks cups scattered across the garden, curiously half-buried in the soil: But they would be wrong.  One of the arguments for urban green roofs is … Continue reading

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Food Security

Among its other well-documented drawbacks, the industrial agriculture system, with its lack of genetic diversity, highly concentrated production and reliance on long-distance transportation,  presents a point of particular vulnerability for the United States.    “Food security” is an issue starting to enter the … Continue reading

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