Urban Farming (and me) on The Kojo Show

As my food nonprofit friend put it to our little book club, I’m GONNA BE ON THE KOJO SHOW, and I’d love for you to tune in Wednesday at 1 p.m.

[UPDATE: You can listen to the segment on the show at this link. Enjoy!]

After listening to Food Wednesdays for as long as I’ve lived in the Washington area, I’m thrilled that I get to join in for a segment on Research Farms & Urban Agriculture inspired by a story I wrote on the subject for NPR.

I am continually amazed by what people are growing in cities these days and where they’re growing it. Fish in shipping containers. Herbs on the patio of a pizza joint in the ‘burbs. And, coming soon, pumpkins on rooftops.

Washington’s University of the District of Columbia has a land grant program, much like those of other states, except that its agricultural research is entirely focused on an urban setting. There aren’t exactly large-scale dairies to serve in the metro region, so the folks the university’s research farm serves are, by nature, growing food in a metropolitan context. That means they need to know a thing or two about soil quality to ensure they’re not growing lead-laced eggplants and about attracting pollinators in a sea of concrete. They need to know about making the most of small growing spaces and prioritizing the most nutrient dense of crops.

You can read more here and here about how UDC’s farm is trying to fill in some of those gaps. Farmer Che Axum also will be a guest on the show tomorrow.

And here are some other stories I’ve written on the urban farming front to whet your appetite:

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It should be a rollicking good time. To prepare, I had lunch from a hanging salad plant, and I’m headed to tour a rooftop farm on a restaurant tonight. Feel free to call in with your questions (for Che) and to give me a heads up about your innovative urban farming projects.

Cheers!

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