Urban Farming
City Farm, Chicago (Photo: Linda N./

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It sounds idyllic. Urban farming. Artichoke feathering in the sidewalk cracks; tufts of herbs for every meal, carrots from the White House lawn.

But like many rosy dreams, we forget the thorns of hard work.

Urban farming is hotter than jalapeño right now, but it will take public support — and lobbying Congress — if it’s going to have an impact on how we eat, and how the poorest among us get fresh food.

Our guests today are farmers who have converted city lots for everything from growing fish to heirloom pumpkins. Gurus of the city farm.

This hour, On Point: Chickens at sunrise — in the city!

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Joining us from Milwaukee is Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, an urban farm based in northwest Milwaukee. A 2008 MacArthur Fellow, he was recently profiled in The New York Times Magazine.

And from Berkeley, Calif., we’re joined by Novella Carpenter. She started Ghost Town Farm on an abandoned lot next to her home in Oakland. She writes about it in her new book, “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer.”  Read an excerpt here.

In this video, Will Allen gives a tour of his Milwaukee greenhouses:

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