J500 Media and the Environment


the carrot is mightier than the sword by mackenzies09

Working with the KCCUA has been a real eye-opener for me. Honestly, I was pretty ignorant of the whole urban agriculture movement. Once upon a time, I read somewhere about some good people growing good food in a city. It didn’t seem to resonate with me then. But visiting these farms and talking with those involved has changed that.

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I had no idea there are so many different types of urban farms, so many cultivation techniques, and so many people benefiting from this congregation of growers. Urban farming isn’t just about “some good people growing good food in a city.” It’s people rising above the set standard for decent living, it’s people going beyond the average perception of responsibility. Urban farmers are stewards to the earth and their community. They feed, heal, educate and lift up those around them. And they work incredibly hard.

On any given day there are countless elements working against the urban farmer. April snow showers, toxic neighbors, ravenous deer, politics, a lack of funding, resources and land, to name just a few. The farmer must adapt, constantly evolve, to suit present conditions.

I’ve also learned that access to fresh foods can change people’s lives. There are kids living in the Midwest who have never eaten a fresh carrot. There are whole neighborhoods that must shop for groceries in gas stations. And thanks to the agrarian warriors of the KCCUA there are now kids who love to grow and eat produce of every variety, spirited markets held in a church parking lot, and an influx of satisfied appetites in the neediest of neighborhoods.

-Mackenzie

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I love the sections about the elements working against farmers – people often forget that when it starts randomly raining or hailing they can escape indoors while many crops and animals are stuck outside. I remember a few years ago one random spring freeze that nearly wiped out all the citrus in central California.

Comment by meganr21

It really amazed me when we were at Drumm Farm and they said the deer are a much bigger problem than any bug could be. People usually see deer as a peaceful creature, but they can cause a great deal of destruction.

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