urban farming

3:23pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Interview with Tai Moses, author of Zooburbia

More than 80 percent of Americans live in cities and suburbs, but that does not mean they have to be cut off from nature -- according to author Tai Moses. Her new book, Zooburbia, is a call for people to live alongside their furry and winged friends. KALW’s Holly Kernan spoke with Moses about a new trend to grow urban gardens that sustain wildlife.

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8:10pm

Mon August 4, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Urban agriculture ordinance heads to fruition in Richmond

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.

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5:11pm

Mon August 4, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Richmond youth learn agriculture and more at Urban Tilth's summer apprenticeship

Urban Tilth summer apprentices Dante Ricardo, Carlos Hernandez, and Nikia Whittie in the Richmond High garden
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.

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12:54pm

Mon November 19, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Urban Farmer Novella Carpenter

When you think of a farmer, you may picture an old curmudgeon in overalls and straw hat squinting out at a bucolic pasture, chewing a piece of grass as he slaps wildly at flying pests. Well, that was the old breed of farmer.
Novella Carpenter is one of the new breed, and she's raising her rabbits, chickens, and goats right in the middle of Oakland. She blogs about it at Ghost Town Farm, and she just published a book: "Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer." KALW's Ben Trefny sat down with Novella Carpenter to ask her how exactly it all works.

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6:49pm

Tue April 10, 2012
City Visions: April 16, 2012

Urban Farms: Your Neighborhood Market Just Got Closer

 

Earth Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the Earth than by putting our hands in it.  Manipulating the soil, harvesting crops, tending bees, and even raising livestock is not just for those living in the country anymore. Guest host Matt Fidler talks to Novella Carpenter and Willow Sommer about the ins and outs of urban farming in their new reference book The Essential Urban Farmer.

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