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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Growing edibles in urban spaces



This flyer was posted outside the room I TA stats in. The flyer says:
"The Urban Farm"

"in this class students will:
-become familiar with techniques of food production in urban settings

- gain a working knowledge of plant families, basic soil characteristics and methods of compost production

- develop a deeper understanding of how productive urban landscapes can reduce the ecological footrpint of urban communities.

- expand their abilities to grow food in an urban setting through experiential learning on the Farm at UW"

I know this is completely unrelated to my research, but I feel like I can't pass up a class like this. I was able to justify it since it's at 8:30a on T/Th. If I didn't take the class, I would probably just sleep an extra hour. This way I can get up and immediately get my mind working!

I'm also excited about the reading list. I've been wanting to read these books for awhile:

Omnivore's Dilemma
by Michael Pollan


On Good Land
by Michael Abelman and Alice Waters

Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance

The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture by Wendell Berry

2 comments:

WAVECRITTER said...

"The Urban Farm" Please let us in and keep us informed of the progress on this class...it sounds like it will be an awesome start to the day! :)

Stephanie Haile

anne robert said...

Hello
I enjoy reading your blog and would love linking to it and back.
I created www.MyUrbanFArm.com for the very urban type who are like me clueless but eager to get going on Growing it ourselves. I guess we are the second wave of adopters after the true greens.

I created it because I met a green deputy ( French assembly ) who bored the socks of me when I was really trying to get him to help figure things out : I realised a lot of true city dwelling, office going type have NO clue and cannot be thrown in the deep end of GYO and expected to adopt !

We need to be show videos, sound bits and new designs that help us get on the way.
My blog is young but I think doing ok.

Love to showcase your thoughts too

Kind regards from London

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