The magazine publishing market is so rocky these days that we consider the launch of any new title an act of bravery. It is fitting, then, that one of the latest additions to newsstands promotes the the vital and enterprising act of sustainable city living...
From small steps to more intensive ones, Urban Farm covers everything from homemade terrariums to full-blown chicken coops. It's a magazine for city and suburb dwellers who are inspired by the local food movement and want to live sustainably, whether they identify with being farmers or not.
The premiere issue launched in August (it will be available on newsstands until November 24) and it's packed with articles and color photographs on recycling, composting, gardening, and preserving within the bounds of limited space. Topics and features in the first issue include:
• growing a container garden in the city
• raising chickens, goats, and bees in the surburbs
• going lawn-less without irritating your neighbors
• using recycled items in the garden
• drying and freezing fruits and vegetables
• making your own terrarium
The magazine is both practical and inspiring, with an informative and supportive tone. As much as we enjoy reading the venerable Mother Earth News, this feels more like "our" publication – a guide for those of us who don't have acres of land but want, as editor Karen Keb Acevedo writes, to "live a purposeful life."
(Images: Urban Farm)