The current local food trend has spurred the growth of farmers markets and local food producers. It’s also given rise to a movement called urban homesteading. That’s a mix of citified agriculture – think backyard chickens, bees and gardens – and the preservation and relearning of the skills of older generations, stuff like canning, root cellaring and wild foraging. Wednesday, we’re examining the rise of the urban homesteaders, here in Salt Lake and around the country, and we want to hear from our listeners. Why do you keep chickens or tend a beehive or collect rainwater for your garden? And would you call yourself an urban homesteader?
Here's a link to information about Salt Lake County's Urban Farming Program.
- Jonathon Krausert is a board member of Wasatch Community Gardens. He produces 85% of his families produce on his one-eighth-of-an-acre property in Salt Lake City.
- Carly Gillespie is the Community Educator at Wasatch Community Gardens and an urban homesteader.
- Jennifer Cockrall-King is a food journalist and the author of Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution.