Test Your Eat-Q: Urban Agriculture

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Test your agricultural knowledge with this Eat-Q quiz from the August/September 2011 issue of our member newsletter, JBF Notes. These terms crop up frequently when talking about urban farming. Can you match each word to its meaning?

1.  Planter
2.  Compost
3.  Hydroponic
4.  Potting Soil
5.  Community garden
6.  Locavore
7.  Seedlings
8.  Greenhouse
9.  Apiary
10. Irrigation

A.  Decomposed scraps that are very high in nutrients and can help fertilize soil in an urban garden.
B.  A structure where plants are grown that traps heat indoors even during cold weather.
C.  A person who values eating foods that come from within a certain radius of his or her location.
D.  A place where beehives of honey bees are kept, also known as a bee yard.
E.  A method of growing plants without soil, using

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Urban Farming Takes Root

A report on urban farming by the James Beard Foundation

 

A new breed of farmer is cropping up in the most unlikely of places: city centers. Industrial rooftops, once-vacant lots, and the backs of eighteen-foot box trucks are now home to food-bearing farms—and their bounty can be spotted everywhere from farmers’ markets to top kitchens.

 

“Urban farming is one of the most exciting areas for new farmers because it’s happening in so many places, expanding so rapidly, and there is so much innovation and passion behind it,” explains Taylor Reid, founder of BeginningFarmers.org, an online database of urban farming opportunities around the country.

 

According to Liz Carollo, publicity manager for New York City’s Greenmarket program, urban farming and gardening has been on the upswing in recent years. “The more time urbanites spend at their desks and in front of their screens, the more inclination they have to give back and work in a more traditional way, to really get their hands dirty,” she says, “People are... Read more >

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