Virtual CAP provides an in-depth look at innovative programs and projects developed by Community Action Agencies around the United States. Programs can be researched by state, category or keyword. Each contains a summary description, as well as useful links to download materials and to related websites.
Low-interest loans for the remediation of sites that have been contaminated by past industrial or commercial activity and pose a threat to local groundwater or surface water sources (“brownfield”).
PHS's Philadelphia Green program has compiled a how-to manual to help city agencies, community-based organizations and block groups reclaim vacant lots in the city. Reclaiming Vacant Lots: A Philadelphia Green Guide outlines a basic "clean & green" approach to managing vacant land, which involves clearing debris, planting grass and trees and installing fences. The manual also provides information on settling ownership issues, developing a site plan, and creating a long-term maintenance strategy.
A searchable list, grouped by ZIP code, of Philadelphia's 12,000 publicly owned vacant lots.
An online resource for learning about urban agriculture.
A blog dedicated to urban gardening.
Established in 1999, BackYardChickens has become the #1 destination for peeps looking for information on raising chickens in any urban, suburban, or rural backyard!
A discussion board for those interested in urban agriculture in Philadelphia.
Window Farms are vertical, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield edible window gardens built using low-impact or recycled local materials.
The Windowfarms Project operates in what seems a small niche, but the team hopes it might be what Buckminster Fuller would call a "trim tab," a small part that turns giant ships by being particularly well placed. Growing some portion of one's own food is a simple pleasure that can make a big difference in one's relationship with nature. As we choose nutrients to feed plants we hope to eat in turn, we gain experience with a nearly-lost fundamental human art, get a microcosmic view of the food system, develop a stake in the conversation, and come up with new ideas for how to take care of ourselves and our planet in troubled times.
A blog dedicated to illicit gardening in London.
SPIN-Farming is a non-technical, easy-to-learn and inexpensive-to-implement vegetable farming system that makes it possible to earn significant income from land bases under an acre in size.