Urban Farm Tours: Building a Network of Backyards, Rooftops and Abandoned Lots
The Urban Farm Tour concept builds a network of individuals who are raising their own food in limited space and opens their homes and gardens to the public. The event synthesizes ideas of local food and community with a bit of DIY inspiration and education.
We really like the concept of the 2nd Annual Urban Farm Tour taking place September 12th in Carrboro, NC, for its rather brilliant simplicity. Build a network of pioneering individuals – vegetable growers, rooftop beekeepers, backyard chicken farmers etc. – who are raising their own food in limited space and open their homes and gardens to the public. An event that synthesizes ideas of local food and community with a bit of DIY inspiration and education, while opening people’s eyes to the potential that exists in their own homes. The Carrboro tour will also include hands-on workshops and coincide with a fundraiser to raise money to start an urban farm tool “lending library”.
While their are many established urban farms that already provide individual tours and visits (Queens County Farm and East New York Farms and Added Value in Brooklyn among them), this is unique for its ability to offer glimpses into multiple sites of varying scales. A quick search online reveals similar tours happening in Kansas City, Philadelphia,and Austin.
[image via Linda N. on Flickr]
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