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An Interview with Rie Macchiarolo, Design & Project Manager

How did you get into farming? I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, surrounded by dairy farms. As a young queer person in rural “dairy land” Pennsylvania, I struggled to feel comfortable in a rural area that was very conservative. I believed that all farmers were conservative people. Then I started […]

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Jessie’s EF Journey

This blog is written by GCG Founder & CEO, Jessie Banhazl For 5 weeks, I travelling through Germany, Sweden, and France to learn more about how other countries approach urban farming through an Eisenhower Fellowship . I am so thankful for this amazing opportunity, and I hope to that you […]

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An Interview with Carissa Unger, Production Farmer

How did you get into farming? I got interested in farming when I was ten or eleven years old. My whole family moved out to the country, and my dad started a large garden that produced food for my family to eat in the summer. I am the youngest sibling […]

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Thank You for A Big 2015!

‘Tis the season for giving thanks, and we truly have a lot to be thankful for! With the bountiful summer now a fading memory, and the quiet winter months fully upon us, we have a chance to pause and reflect on our biggest year yet! April saw the launch of […]

So You Have a Backyard Urban Farm, What’s Next?

Already have a backyard urban farm, but curious about more ways to provide more local, fresh food for your family or even neighbors? Here are some ideas so you can continue to transform your backyard into a vibrant, productive space and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time! Urban Bees. Bees […]

5 Inspiring and Innovative Urban Agriculture Projects

1. The Green Machine Mobile Food Market Memphis, Tennessee The Green Machine is a mobile food market that brings local, nutritious food to neighborhoods in Memphis with limited access to fresh produce. Kenneth Reardon started the The Green Machine in 2013 to address the issue of food security in Memphis. According […]

What’s Hot in 2016? Hyper-Local Vegetable Production

What does the NRA have to do with farming!? Well, if we’re talking about the National Rifle Association, not that much…but if we’re talking about the other NRA – the National Restaurant Association – the two share quite a lot. Earlier this month, the NRA released its Whats Hot in […]

There are Eggs in Eggnog?!

Despite “egg” being in the name, people are often have no idea how eggnog is made or that there are actually eggs in it. What with soy-nog, coconut kefir eggnog, eggnog lattes (surely no egg in there!), etcetera, this is not terribly surprising. How many of us have actually MADE […]

Boston’s Top 10 Urban Farming Green Spaces

Are you looking for respite from your busy city life or interested in local food and want to grow your own urban garden? In Boston there are a number of urban farming green spaces that are accessible to the public where you can find escape from the bustle of the city. Whether you […]

Dirty Hands are Happy Hands: Antidepressants in The Soil

Gardeners often to refer to their gardens as their “happy place” and now there may be a biological reason for it. Researchers have discovered a strain of bacterium in soil that may be responsible for increasing serotonin and decreasing anxiety. How Dirt Makes You Happy The soil microbe, Mycobacterium vaccae, […]

What to Do With A Big Pre-Frost Harvest

It’s going to be cold this weekend. With the forecast anticipating at least one night at freezing temperatures, and the potential for multiple nights of cold weather, we will likely see the demise of many of our crops. While hardier fall plants like kale and lettuce can hold up to a […]

Husk (Ground) Cherry Recipe

“What is it and how do I use it?” is a common question we hear this time of year when referring to husk cherries, also known as ground cherries or husk tomatoes. They are small pale orange fruits wrapped up in what looks like a brown paper bag (or very […]