Have you ever wanted to learn how to grow food in your own backyard? Or are you a seasoned urban farmer looking for a few ways to improve your crop? Urban Farm U, a local organization that aims to educate growers about self-sustaining food production, is launching a podcast all about — you guessed it — urban farming.
The podcast, which will air three times a week, is available for download on iTunes beginning today, Tuesday, November 17. Host Greg Peterson, CCO of The Urban Farm, hopes the podcast will help listeners "take control of [their] health, connect to the earth, and foster a more enriching life" through farming. Episodes will feature different guests who will offer tips and tricks on transforming backyard gardens into a thriving urban farms through permaculture and different growing techniques.
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Other guests on the podcast will include authors, business leaders, advocates, and changemakers who will discuss the environmental, economic, and social impacts of urban farming. Episodes will help listeners learn to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, and livestock in urban settings, as well as how to develop healthy soil.
Small time growers and gardeners may wonder what it takes to become an urban farmer. Peterson relates that anyone who grows their own food and shares it — even if it's only with their own family — is an urban farmer. Naming your urban farm is always a good way to gain recognition, too, he says. Beginning to farm is a step-by-step process, with learning and implementation happening simultaneously.
While Peterson, based out of his urban farm in North Central Phoenix, will host the podcast, the education it provides will cover topics relatable to growers in any location. Education is his primary goal, and in the introductory episode Peterson states he's "deeply committed — all of us here at Urban Farm U are deeply committed to you getting a lot out of what we teach. So we power-pack [the episodes] with content that you can do something with. I’m deeply dedicated to teaching."
Initial podcasts can be found online via the Urban Farm U website, along with other articles about urban farming.