Farming The Big Apple – Robin Shulman interviewed by Michael Olson and Malcolm Jolley
Separate video interview: Robin Shulman interviewed by Malcolm Jolley about the amazing stories of food production, foraging and fishing within the municipal boundaries of New York city, and the deep urban agricultural heritage she discovered by writing her book.
Food Chain Radio Show #786 – interview with Eat The City author
Food Chain Radio Show #786
August 11, 2012
Michael Olson hosts Robin Shulman, author, Eat the City: A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Bee Keepers, Winemakers, and Brewers Who Built New York
What can be farmed in the City?
New York City is made of asphalt, concrete, and steel, and thus not a place one would expect to find people producing foods that taste good.
New York City is, after all, the quintessential Modern Times city, and thus has access to all the tastes the world has to offer. But New York City did not grow on the foods of the world; the City grew, for the most, on the foods grown in its five boroughs. (This business of eating tomatoes grown on 10,000 acre farms in Mexico, or feeding the baby a formula produced by the ton in China, is, relatively speaking, a brand new way of eating, and the jury has yet to judge the efficacy of its economies.)
If one looks closely at the Big Apple, as did author Robin Shulman, one can find cracks in its concrete in which foods are being grown and produced by immigrants, innovators, and traditionalists. These metropolitan farmers lead us to ask…