Monday, March 31, 2008

The bounty of spaces large and small

I just returned from three days in New York City - took in The Whitney Biennial, Scope, Volta and toured dozens of galleries in Chelsea. People in New York sacrifice the convenience of having space in return for other conveniences: 24-hour living has its appeal. Seeing how art is displayed in such a dense urban area got me thinking more about how we use space, and the economy of space.
In the world of HOMEGROWN, space is about connecting to the land and to people using your hands: growing, crafting, cooking and, of course, eating. Since we've started this blog, I've encountered so many people who are thinking about growing - and the space in which they grow - in modern, creative ways. A few examples:

Edible Estates
"is an attack on the front lawn and everything it has come to represent!"

It "is an ongoing series of projects to replace the front lawn with edible garden landscapes responsive to culture, climate, context and people!"
Basically, turn your yard into a farm!

Our friend Mark in the Pacific Northwest sent us a link to WebUrbanis -
3D City Farms: Sustainable, Ecological and Agricultural Skyscrapers.

Blade Runners
as farmers!

And, again, The New York Times shows us how urbanites are living HOMEGROWN.
A Fruit Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Tell us about YOUR space - how do you choose to use what you've got?

Friday, March 21, 2008


Cows Grazing in the Rumpus Room

An excellent article from The New York Times about how some of us are responding to the "development" and misuse of land. In dirt we trust.