People have always grown food in urban spaces - on windowsills and sidewalks, and in backyards and neighborhood parks - but today urban farmers are leading an environmental and social movement that could transform our national food system.
Edwin Marty, author and founder of Jones Valley Urban Farm in Birmingham, Alabama, discusses this trend on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
With co-authors David and Michael Hanson, Marty looks at this urban agricultural renaissance in Breaking Through Concrete: Building an Urban Farm Revival.In the book they document 12 successful urban farm programs, from an alternative school for girls in Detroit to a backyard food swap in New Orleans to a restaurant supply garden on a rooftop in Brooklyn.
Along the way they offer practical advice about composting, keeping livestock in the city, decontaminating toxic soil, even changing zoning laws.
Marty is an ethno-botanist who, before founding the Jones Valley Urban Farm, was a landscaper and the assistant garden editor for Southern Living magazine. He has worked as an agricultural consultant in Mexico, Australia, Mongolia, and Chile. In addition to tutoring school groups, Marty has taught farm-based courses for the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Clayton College of Natural Health. He currently consults on the development of urban farms around the world.
Admission is free. The event will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
Co-sponsored by Cultivate Kansas City.
Reception catered by Chipotle Mexican Grill.