Urban farming in Brooklyn, New York: 596 acres

Brooklyn is one of the five biggest districts of New York: More than 2,5 million people live here. The city of New York owns thousands of slivers of unused land, and about a year ago, a group of Brooklyn gardeners had an idea: identify all the vacant lots in the borough, then help neighborhood residents take them over.

They built an online map, then a mobile app with information about the plots, including the names and phone numbers of the agencies that owned them. They called themselves “596 ACRES”, after the total area of unused public land in Brooklyn, according to city data 2010. If even a small portion of that was committed to neighborhood food production, there would be an abundance of fresh seasonal vegetables to eat. And think of all the grassy parks and composting sites!

For further information: 596acres.org

 

Global Garden Report 2012

Due to the continuous growth of the population in cities and urban habitats, green spaces and parks in the cities become increasingly important. The current Global Garden Report by the Husqvarna Group now confirms: More green has a positive effect on the health, stimulates the economy, strengthens the community spirit and supports the social togetherness. Thus, the creation, maintenance and care of public green spaces are getting more and more important.

The Global Garden Report is an annual study by the Husqvarna Group, scrutinising current garden trends and green topics. This year’s study looks at the significance of green spaces in urban habitats. Every year the study is carried out in seven countries by an independent scientific institute. This time, more than 3,500 urban residents have been interviewed.

Further Information: The Global Garden Report 2012 as PDF-file