Credit: Roger Foley

Since 1978, Vancouver-based City Farmer has inspired city dwellers to replace their lawn and flower beds with edibles. They say their website, launched in 1994, was the first to be devoted to urban farming topics such as composting, chickens, and beekeeping.

This wide-ranging site is a valuable resource for anyone interested in growing their own food -- whether from a global, community, or backyard perspective. Over 100 contributors file stories on topics such as foraging, food justice, and the pros and cons of our national food delivery system.

Since 1995, this New York based nonprofit has connected farmers and their communities. Their City Farms Program supports and educates community and backyard gardeners to spread knowledge about providing more food options in all neighborhoods.

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen are the authors of "The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City" (2008) and "Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World" (2011). They garden and grow primarily edibles on their half-acre property in Los Angeles. Their blog, which was formerly known as Homegrown Evolution, launched in 2006 and deals with all aspects of small-scale urban farming and community building around the subject of homesteading in the city.

Urban food activist and teacher Tara Kolla started an organic flower-growing operation in her Los Angeles backyard. Since then she has expanded to a CSA where she works with local vegetable farmers and a variety of community-based programs and educational opportunities.


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