New York Farm City
JANUARY 27 2012
A simple and short documentary on Urban Farming in New York City. With Urban Farming on the rise, large cities find themselves participating in the movement with unqiue methods of farming such as rooftop gardens. The video showcases how simple and easy it can be to sustain a productive garden in an urban setting.
The Illegal Farmer
JANUARY 31 2012
Taking urban farming to it's most literal definition. This is the story of Tood Beiber, the illegal urban farmer who developed a small garden on a tiny plot of soil next to a parking lot in Brooklyn. The experience showcases the potential productivity of even the most neglected pieces of earth.
Garden
JANUARY 29 2012
A beautiful short film on Urban Farming. It captures much of the simple enjoyment and intrinsic beauty received when cultivating a crop in your home. Tiger In a Jar are extremely talented filmmakers. Check them out here to see more of their work.
New York Farm City
JANUARY 27 2012
A simple and short documentary on Urban Farming in New York City. With Urban Farming on the rise, large cities find themselves participating in the movement with unqiue methods of farming such as rooftop gardens. The video showcases how simple and easy it can be to sustain a productive garden in an urban setting.
Whether you raise pigs or chickens or you cultivate your backyard with herbs, vegetables, or fruit trees, FarmLoco provides resources and information to help you be successful.
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Farm Loco - Spotlight: CASEY PETERSON
CASEY PETERSON
SALEM, UT
Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got started with urban farming?
I was born in a small rural town, the 5th generation of a farming family who emigrated from Denmark. Most of our neighbors remember seeing me at a few months age riding on the tractor with my dad, or riding in front of him in the saddle on his horse. The value of hard work was instilled early in me, along with an appreciation for the agricultural lifestyle. When I was four years old, my father was killed in a farming accident. We moved to a small city in Eastern Oregon, and I immediately learned the differences in urban and rural lifestyles. From restrictive toiletry requirements (farm boys go when, where, and how they may), to the complicated interactions with people (animals are wonderful friends), to the loss of available garden food, I was in turmoil. However, proximity to schools, churches, stores, and paved roads was appealing.
Can you talk about some of your goals with urban farming?
Appreciation and quality of food. The majority of most of our meals comes from food that we have grown. We raise our own beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. We have fresh eggs from our chickens, vegetables from our garden, and fruit from our orchard. There is pride in growing food, but also a distinct quality. I know the health records of our animals, and know that our vegetables and fruits are free of insecticides and herbicides because our chickens do a wonderful job keeping bugs out of our garden and away from our trees. We allow them to roam, and they love bugs. I don’t have ticks on animals, worms in fruit, or bugs killing plants, only a bunch of full and happy chickens! I have torn out shrubs and planted raspberries, blackberries, josta berries, elder berries, mulberries, currant berries, and strawberries. They’re colorful from a landscape perspective, and they keep my kids playing outside instead of coming in the house for a snack and sitting down to watch TV. I’ve removed many trees, and replaced them with fruit trees. On our 1 acre, we have 28 fruit trees. They shade playhouses and picnic tables, but provide fruit throughout the summer. My kids have picked out the varieties we have, and are proud of them. They also dislike the taste of fast foods, having grown to appreciate the difference in fresh vs. fast food.
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Whether you raise pigs or chickens or you cultivate your backyard with herbs, vegetables, or fruit trees, FarmLoco provides resources & information to help you be successful.