Entries by Robert Puro

Can Local, Urban Agriculture Scale? Hydroponic Farming Operation Urban Till Says, ‘Yes’

Sustainable growing methods are part of the very fiber of Urban Till’s operations, but the Chicago-based hydroponics farm isn’t an outgrowth of the organic food movement. In fact, it actually has roots in the traditional food industry. Founder Brock Leach comes from a background in food distribution. Before starting Urban Till with his friend, hydroponics […]

Can Cities Feed Themselves? A Look at Urban Farming in 5 Major American Urban Centers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that urban agriculture—the practice of cultivating and distributing food in population-dense areas—is all the rage. As Americans learn more about our food system and how it affects our health and the environment, many city-dwellers are looking for alternatives to pesticide-laden fruit and vegetables, GMOs and CAFOs. […]