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The Rise of Urban Homesteading

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.


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.