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From Floating Food Forests to Vacant Lot Crops, Urban Farming Is Taking Root Across America – Food Is Free Project
A growing movement is spreading throughout U.S. cities that is feeding people, providing jobs, and helping the environment—urban farming.
This is a lot bigger than putting some tomato and zucchini plants in your backyard. These are local efforts, city by city, neighborhood by neighborhood, to convert vacant land in America’s cities into small farms.
Wendell Berry said once in an interview: “Farming is a hard life. It’s a hard life; therefore, nobody ought to live it. What a remarkable conclusion! There are several steps that are left out. What causes the difficulty? Does freedom come out of it? Does family pride come with it, family coherence? Does some kind of idea of community come with it? Some kind of idea of stewardship, does that come with it? Do ideas of affection or love or loyalty or fidelity come with it?”
1) Eat local, organic and seasonal fruits and vegetables- know your farmer!
2) Join a CSA Farm
3) Shop at your local farmers market regularly.
4) Grow a garden. Try growing and preserving at least 25% of your own food. Growing a garden can be super easy and highly rewarding. Container gardening is an option for those who lack space.
5) Shop at local mom and pop businesses in your area instead of big box stores.
6) Get thrifty: Shop at thrift stores. There are so many amazing treasures just waiting for a good home.
A farm in upstate New York is dedicated to addressing the painful history of farmwork to Black people in the US, while also growing fresh vegetables and community surrounding it. The Laura Flanders Show visited Soul Fire Farm this winter.