For quite some time, urban agriculture has been the red-headed stepchild of farming. Sneered at and not taken seriously, urban farmers didn’t care. They just wanted to grow food for themselves, for their families and for their communities.
But as urban agriculture progressed and operations grew and became more sophisticated, there were many leaders who felt that urban agriculture did not deserve it’s place in the shadows, that it was just as legitimate form of agriculture as other forms of farming. And that it deserved recognition and most importantly the support that most farming operations get from the USDA.
So people like Karen Washington in New York, Malik Yakini in Detroit, yours truly and my guest today, Rashid Nuri in Atlanta began to promote and advocate for the important role that urban agriculture plays in our food systems. Today we talk about that work.