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Going to the Fair…the DC State Fair

Going to the Fair…the DC State Fair

By Martina
I went to the DC State Fair this weekend, which was appropriately urban, as state fairs go. Oh, there were farm animals and funnel cakes, candy apples and canning demonstrations. But this being DC (not even technically a state), there were also artisanal teas, a trapeze artist, gourmet food trucks, and green initiatives galore, but not a corn dog in sight…. Continue reading

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Detroit Farming Taking Root

Detroit Farming Taking Root

By Amanda
Recently the Wall Street Journal profiled a plan in Detroit to use large pieces of land in the city that have been abandoned by de-urbanization and population loss consolidated into urban farms. As a veteran in community revitalization and an urban farming advocate, this is one of the coolest stories I can think of – bringing together a new solution for depopulating cities that is actually an old use. Continue reading

The Secrets of Bees

The Secrets of Bees

By Amanda
I’ve always thought bees were mysterious and wonderful. And when I began to pursue my interests in local sustainable farming, I considered bees as probably the smallest animal husbandry option available. Later, when I found out at this year’s Rooting DC garden event that urban beekeeping was possible, I tracked down people and resources. Continue reading

To Be Young, Hip and Ag

To Be Young, Hip and Ag

By Amanda
Growing up, I always was interested in animals and growing things. As I matured, I harbored an inner interest in being a farmer. But this was put away on a shelf, as all my perceptions of what a farmer was, how one did farming and how you could possibly get there. Continue reading