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Media focus on Urban Farms

Ruth Lafler | May 5, 200810:47 AM

Bay Area Backroads is a locally produced show that does segments on various places of interest around the Bay Area. This week's edition had a segment on urban farms, specifically in poor/blighted neighborhoods -- two in West Oakland and one in San Francisco -- that are either bringing fresh, high quality food to areas where that's lacking or empowering people to grow their own foods (or both). Even though I was vaguely aware of one of the Oakland projects (People's Grocery), I thought it was interesting, especially the idea that even in the middle of highly urbanized areas there's still space to grow significant amounts of food (one Oakland farm also has chickens that produce 20 dozen eggs a week).

And a couple of weeks ago there was a story on about a guy who is raising food in his and his neighbors' yards -- sort of a neighborhood CSA. I wonder if this is the wave of the future, especially as there's more and more global competition for food, food prices rise, transportation costs increase, etc., which will make it both more desirable and more cost-effective to grow a larger proportion of food close to home. I know during WWII my grandmother and father (then a teenager), grew over a ton of produce in one year in their backyard Victory Gardern. It makes me wish I had the time and inclination to do the same.

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