Thursday, May 27, 2010

Urban farming

“The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them” 
~Albert Einstein

One reason I am falling in love with Philadelphia: the new way people are thinking about food here.

In the latest issue of Philly's Grid Magazine, they had this great article (page 11) about urban farming and the success of Will Allen in Milwaukee. This is what Allen had to say about it:

“We can create thousands of jobs with this new kind of farming, with urban agriculture. Just think of all the categories of jobs: you’ve got installers, carpenters, plumbers, truck drivers, accountants, electricians, aquaculturists, planners, architects. In a rural area, you don’t need these jobs. Industrial agriculture gets rid of jobs; the machines do everything. This is hand work, it’s communal work, which is important and fun for all of us, all the generations, from little kids to school-age kids to teenagers to college kids. Everybody is involved.”

Jobs, healthy locally grown foods, community-building.... how can we not do this?

(For more, check out this great NY times article about Will Allen)

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