Book Giveaway – Urban Farming: Sustainable City Living

July 27, 2011

It’s another book giveaway here at The Good Human, and this time it’s for a copy of the book Urban Farming: Sustainable City Living in Your Backyard, in Your Community, and in the World. With obesity rates rocketing, concerns about the health implications of a diet composed of drive-through and processed convenience foods rising, and a growing awareness of the benefits of a greener lifestyle, it was perhaps inevitable that the people across the world would be seeking out ways to bring nature back into their lives at home.

This modern-day “back to the land” movement has spawned not a collection of hippy survivalists but rather evolved to inspire a nation of urban gardens, backyard chickens, found materials projects and recycled chic. The allure of combining city life and natural beauty has encouraged people from all walks of life to try their hand at some form of urban farming.

Brought to you by the editors of Urban Farm magazine, Urban Farming: Sustainable City Living in Your Backyard, in Your Community, and in the World is packed with easy-to-understand facts, illustrations, and step-by-step information. Not only does Urban Farming walk its readers through practical how to’s; it provides the background and context to understand how small changes in their lives yield benefits in their home, their community, and society as a whole. Is urban gardening something you are interested in? You should definitely enter to win a copy of this book! Here are the rules…

- The giveaway starts now and will be open until Friday, July 29, 2011 at 7am MST. No entries will be accepted after that.
- To enter, please leave a comment (with a valid email address, so I can contact you) here on this post with the following info:

  • The urban area you live in
  • What you would attempt to grow and why
  • Where you would attempt to grow it. This could be on the balcony, the backyard, the front steps, etc.

- Emailed entries will not be counted — entry by comment on this post only.
- Only one entry per person. Period. Please don’t try to use different email addresses, etc, as the IP numbers will be checked.
- Entries must be from residents from the U.S., and book will be shipped via Media Mail
- One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received and notified via email after the giveaway ends

Simple, right? And if you don’t think that gardening in an urban setting is possible, check with my friend Mike over at Urban Organic Gardener. He has been growing his own organic food for years, first on a fire escape in Brooklyn and now on a balcony in Los Angeles. He would be the first one to tell you that urban gardening works, so if this is something you are interested in trying to do, enter to win the book or pick up a copy for yourself.

Good luck!

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Comments (8)

  1. Angie Doel says:

    I live on Cape Cod, about 80 miles from Boston.

    What you would attempt to grow and why? organic veggies & herbs – to save money at the grocery store & to teach my kiddos about the importance of growing our own produce, utilizing the small amount of space that we have!

    Where you would attempt to grow it – Our deck

  2. Annabama says:

    I actually live in suburban Sarasota, Fla., but am planning to move the much more urban Denver soon.

    I plan to grow organic veggies (okra, greens, peppers, tomatoes for now) and herbs in my small backyard and on my porch, mostly in containers since I am in a rental.
    As a member of a local community garden, I fell in love with growing my own food–and the security of knowing what went into growing it (AND WHAT DIDN’T!). I plan to grow more at home to save money, eat as local as possiblem and because I enjoy farming/gardening.

  3. Christine Mason says:

    I live in Portland, OR, where it seems that every other front yard and/or sidewalk strip has been converted to a vegetable garden. My own front yard is host to a small container garden. Actually the containers are quite large, but there are just four of them. I am growing two kinds of tomato and a pepper plant. The fourth container is lying fallow right now, resting from producing lots of spinach earlier. In a couple of weeks I will be sowing a fall crop of same.

  4. Mary says:

    Oops. I tried to enter by replying to the e-mail before clicking over here.

    I live in Portland, Oregon, also.

    I want to grow salad greens by re-growing them from the bottom of salad fixings I already ate–so re-growing onion and lettuce and arugula, carrots and celery, under the dryer vent and right outside the kitchen.

    Growing them under the dryer vent extends the season. Arugula and alliums are incredibly hardy.

    I want to do this so I can open the door and grab these things and not have to go to the store.

  5. Claire says:

    Hi! I live in Austin, TX in a new community called Mueller that promotes urban density. Our ‘hood was built on land which was home to Austin’s old airport. The proximity to downtown makes it the perfect place to create a home for lots of folks in the heart of the city.

    My husband and I have a tiny “yard.” We love to garden, but it’s challenging to work with soil that was buried under runways for so many years. However, we have dealt wiht this both by removing some dirt in small flower beds and replacing it with compost. We’ve also constructed raised beds from my design on our property’s easement. The space was small, but had good sunlight, so we got creative ;-)

    We grow lots of herbs along with peppers, okra, swiss chard, and tomatoes. Growing as many edibles as possible is definitely the goal, and we always start with organic plants or seeds and use organic gardening methods to deal with pests (neem oil, diatomaceous earth, a good jet spray from the hose, etc.) I’d love to gain some more know-how from the Urban Farming book!

  6. sauda says:

    I live in Atlanta, GA in an apartment complex.
    I am the only one in my complex that has a tree growing on my enclosed parion. I thought this spring/summer I would plant a garden. I didn’t know how or where to begin. So I bought some seeds to experiment with. I had a huge idea at first…way bigger than my patio! So I used a couple of small toy bins, poked holes in the bottoms and spread the soil. One is tomato the other was bell pepper. Well I had some ups and downs. So now I have a group of dwarf tomato plants and my peppers…nothing, some sprouted then intense heat dried them out. I am afraid to move the tomatoes into a deeper pot. So I actually would appreciate the guidance of this book. I would plant again to simply see and share the gardening experience with my daughter. From our patio to our plate is a great teaching moment.

  7. David says:

    I live in Melbourne, FL.
    I want to grow a few vegetables and herbs so we can have better quality food and hopefully a smaller eco-footprint. I would also like my children to see what goes into growing our own food and what comes out.
    I would like to have the garden in our back yard.

    dbock02@harris.com

  8. kuka says:

    The urban area you live in:

    Grand Rapids, MI
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    What you would attempt to grow and why:

    I would attempt to grow tomatoes, spinach and herbs (such as parsley, basil, dill, etc.) because I participated for the first time in a community garden project in Chicago (where I’m interning this summer) and learn all sorts of farming and gardening tips. The reason I need this book is to know how to apply some of those skills to the indoor/apartment farming because I do not own land. I live in an apartment on a college campus. I do believe in growing my own food so much I need direction (and I made that suggestion to discuss urban farming on one of your posts yesterday :D)
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    Where you would attempt to grow it:

    On the window of my apartment (or on the small piece of land behind my apartment – I live on the first floor). Most likely in little vases I will lay on my apartment windows.