Women are making a huge impact in the urban farming world, both as farmers and as leaders of organizations that support farmers, from community gardens to educational institutions to businesses ton development organizations and more. The farmer in this piece, Emily Melvin, is a former Senior Fellow of the Allegheny Mountain Institute who was also part of a team that worked in partnership with … [Read more...] about She’s the farmer
Here's a print depicting a man who is possibly the most influential figure in Urban Agriculture, Will Allen of Growing Power out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Allen's been leading the charge on issues like reclaiming abandoned or blighted land, reviving industry, creating jobs, training new generations of young city farmers, reinvigorating urban spaces, composting, teaching school kids … [Read more...] about Towering figures in urban agriculture
Over the past month perhaps you've seen my Kickstarter campaign to fund the poster art show called 31 Days of Urban Agriculture. During the time I've been on the fundraising mission I've continued to do the art for the show and, behind the scenes, to continue researching the issue and writing the essays that will be in the show chapbook. One of the things that's been most … [Read more...] about Many faces of Urban Agriculture
This piece is on the role of urban agriculture in what is variously called anti-recidivism programs or restorative justice programs depending on the nature of the group providing the service. The point to it is that there are ways to help offenders and ex-offenders (and even those in personal prisons created by bad decisions but not necessarily incarcerated, or prisons of troubling situations … [Read more...] about Seeds that heal
Some argue that Urban Agriculture is only about crops being raised in cities for profit — and that's it. It's only about industry. In fact some even go so far as to say that it's only the more industrial of these practices that count as urban ag. Me, not so much. Industry is of course, great! But I'd argue that urban farming is so much more, being especially dependent on markets for any … [Read more...] about Stoking the fire
Slightly blurry on the Web but clear in person — this piece is in celebration of the many Greenhorn people in various training and development programs whose aim is to build the farmers, farms, and food systems of the future. The folks depicted — Trevor Piersol, Emily Melvin, Ben Samuelson — just happen to be former Senior Fellows from the Allegheny Mountain Institute. Their training ground was … [Read more...] about Greenhorns to the rescue!