Image credit: The Urban Farming Guys
We've seen inspiring footage of urban farming in Detroit helping families survive, not to mention Growing Power's awesome urban aquaponics and vermiculture project. I've just come across another crew of crazy ambitious, idealistic urban farming advocates—and these guys claim to be setting their sights on feeding the world. From aquaponics to worm composting to biogas production, they are aiming big—and they are going to be filming their progress for us all to learn from. 20 Suburban Families Uproot for Inner-City Farming
Having moved from comfortable suburbia into what they describe as one of the most blighted neighborhoods in the country—in inner-city Kansas City—the 20 families that make up The Urban Farming Guys have set about creating a thriving aquaponics system, vegetable gardens, biogas production and they have even bought a local abandoned school with the view of turning it into a community resource. Here's why they're doing it:
"We are about 20 families who have purposefully uprooted from out of their comfortable suburban homes and moved into one of the worst neighborhoods in Kansas City. We bought homes within a 5 block radius of each other and we put down our stake for the sake of the youth and the poor. What is going to happen to us ... who knows, but this is certainly not some novelty idea, and please don't try it yourselves without thinking it through. We are a band of revolutionaries. We don't claim this is even a good idea.... it is our lives.
The group plan on releasing regular videos charting their progress, exploring what works and what doesn't, and looking for ways that their experiments can be used in settings across the Globe.
Community Development Requires Community Participation
Of course, moving in from the suburbs to transform a neighborhood is not always as benign as some might imagine, but if the trailer below is anything to go by, these folks are intent with fully engaging with those around them. As someone who has watched many urban farming experiments thrive, and others fail, I would love to get a sense of how the existing community interacts with the newcomers, and vice versa. Hopefully that is a topic that is covered in future videos.
Watch this space...