Author Archives: John Costa

About John Costa

I am a farmer in training with a background in finance, organizational sustainability, and project management. My expertise is making the business case for local food enterprises.

Glimpse at China’s Organic & Urban Agriculture Pioneers

A blog post for ECO City Farms from Dec. 8:   This is a follow-up to the November post “Our Global Food System,” where one of the featured reports focused on what Chinese consumers think of organic produce. Today, I … Continue reading

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Urban Agriculture in NYC

My post for ECO City Farms on 12/1/2011: Green Roofs has many positive benefits. It utilizes unused space on top of buildings in urban areas. The roof will double as an insulator for the top floor by regulating the temperature … Continue reading

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“Micro-farming” in Detroit

My short article I posted on ECO City Farms blog on 11/23/2011: Detroit is generally known as the Motor City because the U.S. auto industry. Over the years this city’s economy has shared the same fate as the U.S. auto … Continue reading

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Our Global Food System

A blog post from ECO City Farms I wrote on November 8, 2011: On November 1st, while listening to PRI’s “the World” segment on the local NPR station, I heard two short five minute reports on our food system. Our … Continue reading

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The Book of Embraces

A blog post for Provisions Library on September 19, 2011: One of my favorite authors is Eduardo Galeano, an Uruguyan journalist and historian. He has an amazing way to write about history from the perspective of the loser or the … Continue reading

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Dutch Approach to Water Management

A blog post I made for Provision Library on 9/14/2011 summarizing an event I attended at the Resources for the Future:   Today I attended a morning discussion called “Managing Extreme Events in our Rivers and Coastal Areas: Reflections on … Continue reading

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Movie: Gimme Green (Green Unplugged)

This is a repost from a blog entry I made for Provisions Library on July 18, 2011. Please note, the film is the perspective of the producer. The facts presented in the film should be questioned. Comments from this post … Continue reading

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