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Urban Farming- A Rapidly Growing Trend!

People think that if you want farm fresh organic food, you have to trek out to the country. However, thanks to the demand for locally grown organic food, conscious urban consumers are opting to grow their own food with whatever means they have available.

In Your Farm in the City, An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals by Lisa Taylor and the Gardeners of Seattle Tilth, readers will find a myriad of helpful information and kid friendly instructions for utilizing space in the concrete jungle. Some of the chapters feature advice on sowing raised beds, containers and vertical planting to raising chickens, bees, rabbits and goats! This is a comprehensive guide specifically designed for people who are interested in options for farming in an urban environment, which can be tricky due to space limitations, regulations and zoning laws.

Some of the things you will learn are:

  • How to create vertical gardens and grow food in containers.
  • How to realistically maintain a small garden or raise livestock with a hectic schedule.
  • Determining which livestock to raise and what conditions are required.
  • How can kids get involved with gardening and what benefits does it provide them
  • What do novice gardeners and novice farmers need to know before they get started.
  • How much money can an average family expect to save by growing and raising their own food?
  • What other benefits might a family gain from growing their own produce?

The Interview

Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor, author of Your Farm in the City

Tune in to this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, as host, June Stoyer is joined by special guest Lisa Taylor, Program Manager, Children’s Education Seattle Tilth to discuss how you can create your own farm in the city! Lisa is the co-author of the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide and a frequent speaker on soils, compost, edible landscaping and children’s gardening. She facilitates trainings for teachers and others interested in schoolyard gardening and is passionate about teaching children and their parents where their food comes from and how to care for living things. Lisa lives in Seattle, Washington. Click here to listen to the interview or use the free podcast player below:

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