By transforming its vacant lots, backyards and roof-tops into farming plots, the city of Cleveland could meet all of its fresh produce, poultry and honey needs, calculate researchers from Ohio State University. These steps would save up to $155 million annually, boost employment and scale back obesity...And speaking of (sub)urban gardens, our backyard garden is now coming to fruition. The tomato plants to the right center of the photo are about six feet tall (the one behind me is closer to 7 feet), all of them supported on steel frames. On the left side of the photo are the eggplants in containers; lower right center are cucumbers climbing a trellis (and a tomato cage). At the very bottom are zucchini and radishes (the latter already bolted to seed). Out of the frame are the peppers and dill and cabbage and broccoli - and of course the milkweed and butterfly plants. My wife gets the credit for all of this.
Both Scott and Grewal hope that shift is coming. Cleveland now has hundreds of community gardens. Some residents are growing market gardens, cultivating and selling produce as a full-time job. The city is seeing the grandest show of large public gardens since the Victory Gardens of World War II, when 40 percent of U.S. vegetables came from private and public gardens.
04 August 2011
urban decay in cities like Detroit, I remember wondering why those abandoned wrecks couldn't be bulldozen down and replaced with garden space. Now an article at Wired Science suggests that in some cities that is exactly what is being done.