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Oct 23, 2012

The Next Big Thing: Urban Farms

Clipboard01Concerned about the carbon footprint or "food miles" involved in getting your rutabagas from farm to market? You'll want to check out David Ferris's story in the new issue of Sierra, "Up On the Farm." Because what could be better than buying produce that was grown on the roof of the supermarket itself? In the article, Ferris contrasts two approaches to urban agriculture in New York City: the earthy rooftop farms of the Brooklyn Grange, and Gotham Greens' sleek hydroponic model. But other forms of urban farms are happening in metropolitan areas all over the world, from Chicago to Singapore.  

This morning, Ferris joined me in Sierra's inaugural Google+ "hangout" on the subject. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a hangout is an interactive live webcast where attendees can post questions or comments in real time. It can also be recorded and stored on YouTube, as you can see below. We'll definitely be doing more of them in the future. To get advance notice, subscribe to our Twitter feeds (@Sierra_Magazine or @paulrauber) or add the Sierra Club to your Google+ circles.


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PAUL RAUBER is a senior editor at Sierra. He is the author, with Carl Pope, of the happily outdated Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress. Otherwise he is a cyclist, cook, and father of two. Follow him on Twitter @paulrauber. 

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