Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:51:00 AM | by v-bafitz
City eats: Urban gardens around the world
Palais de Tokyo museum garden for Alain Passard near the Eiffel Tower in Paris
With the return of gardening season, take a look where city dwellers worldwide find a little space to grow fresh food. Here Mickael Toublant, gardener for French chef Alain Passard, checks vegetables in a 150-square-meter garden installed temporarily on the roof of the Palais de Tokyo museum near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Chicago City Hall beekeeper in garden
Beekeeper Michael Thompson makes his way through the secret garden of wildflowers and native grasses on top of City Hall in Chicago to check on more than 100,000 bees. Beekeeping is thriving in cities across the nation, driven by young hobbyists and green entrepreneurs. The city of Chicago's hives, nine in all on rooftops and other government property, are just part of the boom in urban beekeeping.
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InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel rooftop apiary in Manhattan
A view of the plant and vegetable garden on the roof of the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, with the Chrysler Building in the background. The Midtown Manhattan apiary is one of many taking part in an urban program to help create a ''greener'' New York. Bees from the InterContinental produce local honey for use in the hotel's kitchen are thought to pollenate plants as far as five miles away.
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Rooftop garden near International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa
A rooftop garden on a building across the street from the International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. The garden is part of a city-run project encouraging urban renewal.
Hanoi, Vietnam, rice paddy farming and food security
A farmer carries harvested paddy rice in a field near newly developed residential quarters in the suburbs of Hanoi, Vietnam. It was reported in 2008 that Vietnam's rapid industrialization was threatening the country's food security as rice fields were lost to development, a trend that continues.
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Southbank Centre in London urban garden
Gardeners tend plant boxes atop Southbank Centre in London. The rooftop garden, developed in partnership with the Eden Project, was created by a team of 50 people who had faced adversity in life, including homelessness, prison time and mental-health issues.
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Valencia, Spain, community vegetable garden
Juanjo Martinez works in his part of a community vegetable garden in Benimaclet neighborhood in Valencia, Spain. According to Arturo Sanz, a spokesperson for the Benimaclet neighborhood association, after months of social pressure BBVA bank halted development plans to house a public park between apartment buildings on the site of the garden.
'Bolivar 1' organic farm in Caracas, Venezuela
A farmer walks through the government-run organic farm -Bolivar 1' in Caracas, Venzuela. More than 20 types of vegetables are grown in the urban organic garden.
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First lady Michelle Obama harvests vegetables in the White House Kitchen Garden in Washington
With help from students from New Jersey, first lady Michelle Obama harvests vegetables from the summer crop growing in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn.
London houses with alloments at the rear in East Finchley, England
Alloments at the rear of houses in the East Finchley area of northern London.
Carlos Reis picks potatoes from his patch in a vegetable garden in Lisbon, Portugal. Reis, a policeman, tends to the patch in his spare time. The garden is owned by the city hall, which rents patches for a small annual fee to those who want to grow their own vegetables.
Stanley, Falkland Islands, garden
A garden grows nears homes in Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Falkland Islanders are so accustomed to making do that many still heat their houses with peat stoves, grow their own vegetables, repair their Land Rovers themselves and raise chickens for soft-boiled eggs. But now the islands have struck oil, potentially pumping billions of dollars into the area's treasury and creating an entirely unfamiliar challenge: the prospect of sudden and tremendous wealth.
Detroit garden and volunteer greening project
Gwen Shivers harvests greens from a community garden on a vacant lot next to an abandoned home in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit. The city is home to 1,400 gardens tended by 15,000 to 20,000 mostly volunteer gardeners, according to The Greening of Detroit. The produce -- 200 tons are harvested each year -- is distributed to the community and sold at neighborhood farmers' markets. The income is plowed right back into the collaborative.
A greenhouse stands near housing in Sevran in northeastern Paris. Each week, teh French association Aurore sells about 60 "organic baskets" to inhabitants of Sevran and the surrounding area. Residents sign up for a year for the service.
Fox in an urban garden in Cheltenham, England
A fox checks out an urban garden in Cheltenham, England
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New York City urbanf farming in Coney Island
Even on Coney Island. An urban farm project grows in the southern Brooklyn resort area of New York City.
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Brooklyn Grange rooftop garden in the Navy yards near New York City
The Manhattan skyline is seen behind a Brooklyn Grange rooftop garden in the Brooklyn Navy Yards in New York City. Brooklyn Grange, a commercial farm, currently works two rooftop farms in city, both at more an acre, and sells the produce to local restaurants and grocers and at farm stands.
Lisbon, Portugal, city-owned vegetable garden
A woman identified as Laura works on a patch growing beans in a vegetable garden in Lisbon, Portugal. Laura and her retired husband a variety of vegetables and flowers on their small patch. The garden is owned by the city, which rents patches for a small annual fee to those who want to grow their own vegetables.
Urban vegetable garden in Lisbon, Portugal
Teresa Lopes, a 54-year-old cleaner, works in her urban vegetable garden in Lisbon, Portugal. Disillusioned by the unfulfilled promise of the cities and feeling stifled by tough austerity measures aimed at coping with an economic downturn, some Portuguese are returning to the land.
Japanese mother and daughter garden together
A mother and daughter garden together in Japan.
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Lisbon, Portugal urban vegetable garden being tended
Ana Pinto, a 28-year-old nurse, works in her urban vegetable garden in Lisbon, Portugal.
Community garden in San Francisco, California
A community garden in the South of Market area in San Francisco.
Shenzhen, China, herb and vegetable garden
An herb and vegetable garden flourishes on the top of a commercial building in the Futian district of Shenzhen in China's Guangdong province.
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Aurora, Colorado, North Middle School Garden Festival plot
Eighth grader Shacobie Garcia works in his plot during the North Middle School Garden Festival in Aurora, Colo. Garcia was on the garden's planning committee and is the only student to purchase his own plot. The celebration marked the opening of the first school-based community garden in Aurora Public Schools.
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Lincoln Park Community Garden in Albany, New York
Winston James prepares his plot at the Lincoln Park Community Garden in Albany, N.Y., before planting lettuce, collard greens and bok choi.
Rooftop garden in Japan
A rooftop garden amid skycrapers in Japan.
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Backyard garden in Mandeville, Jamaica
Jasmine Pottinger, a 73-year-old retired nurse, tends to her terraced backyard garden at her home in Mandeville in central Jamaica.
London rooftop garden's vegetable yield
Vegetables sit after harvest from a rooftop garden in London.