Farming sprouts in the city
Honey bees can be a good fit even in dense cities — this beehive is on a roof top in San Francisco.
As the sustainable food movement grows, farming is taking root in California cities from San Francisco to San Diego. Urbanites are asking for — and receiving — municipal approval to plant vegetable gardens in empty lots and under power lines, and to raise backyard chickens and bees. To help the state’s urban agriculture thrive, UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) researchers are working to boost resources and programs for city growers.
People are passionate about keeping bees, growing their own food, and distributing it to the community,” says Rachel Surls, who recently became the first Sustainable Food Systems advisor in UCCE Los Angeles County.
But passion isn’t enough, and she soon learned that reliable information on city farming is lacking… (more)
California Agriculture 2013