Episodes

Episode 5 – Dry Land
We just keep paving. Urbanization and suburban sprawl means tarmac and concrete, convenient for drivers and cyclists, but it doesn’t absorb the rain. We lose an acre of farmland every minute, according to the American Farmland Trust, much of it to car-centric urban development. Looking across a landscape laid bare by bulldozers, it’s hard not to cringe, especially when the over-paving creates the conditions for flash floods, urban heat island effect, and loss of habitat for native creatures.

 

Episode 4 – Access To Grazing
Market demand continues to swell for ethically raised, pasture-based livestock, poultry, eggs and milk. These products fetch a major price premium over the conventional, confinement raised alternative, and present the possibility for small scale producers to make a livelihood. Young graziers are joining the fray to meet that market appetite, inspired by Joel Salatin, Jim Gerrish and the incredible soil-building potential of grass-fed animal husbandry.

 

Episode 3 - Adaptive Seeds
The industrialization of agriculture has resulted in a staggering loss in the variety of crops raised to feed and clothe our population. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that between 1900 and 2010, 75% of the world’s crop bio-diversity was lost. This includes both plant varieties and domesticated animal breeds– both the result of thousands of years of thoughtful stewardship by farmers and pastoralists, their work is irreplaceable, those varieties are lost forever.

 

Episode 2 – Distribution
The industrialization of agriculture has resulted in a staggering loss in the variety of crops raised to feed and clothe our population. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that between 1900 and 2010, 75% of the world’s crop bio-diversity was lost. This includes both plant varieties and domesticated animal breeds– both the result of thousands of years of thoughtful stewardship by farmers and pastoralists, their work is irreplaceable, those varieties are lost forever.

 

Episode 1 - The Solution to Pollution is Life
Urban farming is a dynamic opportunity for food security in poor inner city areas, especially since the cost of shipping food from elsewhere increases as oil becomes more expensive. Access to local food is possible by farming on urban lots. Sadly, much of the urban soil has been contaminated by industrial uses.