In Brooklyn, WORKac designed a teaching classroom at P.S. 216 elementary school that channels runoff rainwater from its roof for reuse in its mobile greenhouse.
In post-Katrina New Orleans, the city has offered homeowners low-cost deals on abandoned lots in an effort to revive neighborhoods. Additional credits are provided for improvements such as fencing or a kitchen garden.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and his partner Amy Elaine Wakeland incorporated a terraced vegetable garden at their eco-conscious Echo Park home.
“I was amazed by the amount of urban agriculture,” says Carey Clouse, author of Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up. “They were growing on every imaginable surface: playgrounds, rooftops, public spaces. You can ride your bike and rollerblade through a park, and one second you’re in a classic recreational space, and the next moment, you’re in farm in the middle of the city.”
In Charleston, South Carolina, a young couple transformed derelict 19th-century structure into a warm and inviting home, complete with vegetable garden, while three citrus trees on the western line of the property produce oranges and lemons.