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Is urban agriculture the way of the future, or simply a hobby for people who have backyards?

angelmorganAngel Morgan P-Patch Community Garden in Seattle. Photo by Collin Dunn

Seattle radio interview with three experts

Steve Scher
KUOW Radio 94.9FM
04/28/2010

This year has been declared the year of urban agriculture in Seattle. Is urban agriculture more than just growing food in P–Patches and backyard gardens? What is local government doing to support food production within the city? Some urban areas in Asia produce more than 60 percent of their food within city limits. Could Seattle be that fertile? Is urban agriculture the way of the future, or simply a hobby for people who have backyards?

Guests:

Darrin Nordahl is the city designer at the Davenport Design Center in Davenport, Iowa. He has taught planning at the University of California at Berkeley, and is the is the city designer at the Davenport Design Center in Davenport, Iowa.

He has taught planning at the University of California at Berkeley, and is the author of “My Kind of Transit,” and “Public Produce.”

Stella Chao is the Director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods which is in charge of the P–Patch Program.

Gia Clark is a founding member of Alleycat Acres, an urban farming collective that aims to transform vacant spaces to create a network of sustainable urban farms in Seattle. She is a recent graduate from the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Washington where she studied urban ecological design.

Listen here.

2 comments

1 RG Patil { 03.19.11 at 2:21 am }

We have very good solution for small land/backyard farming
we supply dripkits which contain all tube and fittings required for irrigation.With little water application of water(drop by drop) plants will remain healthy & green all the time

2 RG Patil { 03.19.11 at 2:22 am }

We have very good solution for small land/backyard farming
we supply dripkits which contain all tube and fittings required for irrigation.With little water application (drop by drop) plants will remain healthy & green all the time