An Urban Farmer’s Manifesto

Posted on Jan 7 2017 - 12:15am by UOG

63-Early morning radish harvest

“If we want to help make urban farms viable we must discourage lawns, mandate composting, bring back home-ec, and treat farmland like it’s valuable—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.” What we could be doing is:

-Invest in Training Urban Farmers
-Bring Back Ag Education and “Home Economics”
-Make Land Available to Farmers
-Invest in Year-Round Farmers’ Market Spaces
-Incorporate Farms into Housing Developments
-Create More Public Kitchens
-Treat Farmland Like it’s Valuable
-Lawns Should be Discouraged
-Prioritize the Nutrient Cycle
-Create New, Local Sources of Essential Soil Nutrients
-Change our Relationship to Human Waste
-Looking Ahead: Carbon and Water

“When it comes to food, what we are really facing is a crisis of participation. We don’t really need the federal government to achieve any or all of the above. We can roll up our sleeves and talk to our neighbors and community leaders about making these things happen now. All that’s required is a little imagination and the willingness to make a start.”

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