|About the Book|
Disenchanted with our hectic and stressful urban lifestyles, my wife Judy and I first thought Urban Farming held the answers to our woes. Cliches of the baby boomer & hippie generations we were in our early fifties. We wanted to grow delicious,MoreDisenchanted with our hectic and stressful urban lifestyles, my wife Judy and I first thought Urban Farming held the answers to our woes. Cliches of the baby boomer & hippie generations we were in our early fifties. We wanted to grow delicious, organic food that would turn back the health, aging and spiritual clocks. Studying permaculture sites across the web and checking out volumes of books from the library, we were intent on creating a sustainable model of urban food production.What we learned could have never been imagined, much good and some bad. Yet without our Urban Farm we’d never come to hold our present world view.Urban permaculture is the art of small scale food production in the city. Our urban permaculture experiences provided a rich and interesting perspective of food, health and the organic fowl drool on some of the crisp leafy greens at our local deli’s salad bar. We hope this book provides a small glimpse into wonders of hens, geese, herbs, rabbits, vegetables and more. Of course, nothing may taste as good as a Rhode Island Red’s Urban Core speckled brown egg cooked fresh in a stainless skillet. And urban permaculture is happening now. City farms are everywhere around your apartment, house or condo. Farmer’s markets are sprouting across the hoods, creating amazing micro-economies.From Jacksonville to New York, South Beach to Seattle, Austin to Chicago, single family to high rise, urban core to manicured suburbs, the urban permaculture and agriculture movement is evolving. Once shunned and secretive, city farms are now evolving into socially acceptable norms.Benefits are many- health family, education and community. Yet sadly, misconceptions run rampant. Most council persons and commissioners fear the mere mention of a backyard hen and her ability to generate political maelstroms, even though they may have an brown egg laying Rhode Island Red hidden behind the garage.To us, urban agriculture is a matter of freedom, a matter of choice, of health and learning. The fowl, rabbits, goats, turkeys and geese teach us so much about life. As Abe Lincoln said in 1863, “the hen is the wisest of all animal creatures, for she never cackles until after the egg has been laid”.Hopefully, once you’ve read the about our urban farming experience, successes and failures you will understand and be prepared to solve the most complicated urban permaculture issue on a cost-effective, simple and practical basis and enjoy the many healthy benefits of your organic permaculture efforts.