Urban Agriculture

Your Call: How are urban farms changing cities?

Jun 17, 2015

  

On the June 17th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about urban agriculture. Eighty percent of the US population lives in cities, further from farms than ever, but more and more city dwellers are growing their own food on empty lots or in their backyards. The film Growing Cities examines this trend from the Bay Area to Detroit.  How are urban farms revitalizing communities and changing the way we eat? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

CUESA, the Urban Agriculture Alliance and the SF-Marin Food Bank recently hosted Your Food, Your Vote, a food-focused forum with State Assembly District 17 candidates David Chiu and David Campos.

 

Making a home for bees by the freeway

Aug 28, 2014
Charlotte Silver

In a city that struggles to find enough space for housing, parking or children, a few dedicated people have found a luxurious, spacious and cheap home for bees.

Photo courtesy of flickr user fletcher oakes

A vibrant mural announces Happy Lot Farm and Garden to visitors and anyone passing by. A greenhouse stands in the middle of the lot, and an improvised chicken coop occupies one corner. The trees and raspberry beds that head farmer Andromeda Brooks and her volunteers planted here a few years ago are now bearing fruit. And anyone who chips in gets to take home some of the harvest.

Brooks started Happy Lot almost three years ago, as a community project to improve the neighborhood’s morale.

Isabel Angell

It’s a sunny, windy afternoon in Richmond, and Adam Boisvert is out in a garden.

“Right now we are in the heart of the Richmond High school garden, this is half of the growing space that we have,” he says.

The garden is about half as big as one of the tennis courts that butt up against one side. Along its other sides, it’s surrounded by portable classrooms, a blacktop, and the back of the football field bleachers. Inside a chain-link fence there are colorfully painted beds full of plants like kale, chard, squash, basil, and strawberries. There are also fruit trees, a composting system, and even a rabbit hutch.