Importance of urban farming for the community (C. DOHERTY / Marion Institute)

My name is Caitlin Doherty and I am contacting you on behalf of the Marion Institute, who sponsors the ongoing Bioneers by the Bay Conference <; . We had Will Allen’s urban farming presentation yesterday and it was amazing!

Below is a short blog post about the presentation and what you can do to help in your community that we would love to have you re-post on your site.

Help us spread the word about this inspiring and essential environmental conference.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all and we really appreciate any mention you could give us.

Thanks so much.

Very best,

Caitlin Doherty

Common Sense NMS <;


How You Can Take Urban Farming to Your Community

By Derek Christianson, Brix Bounty Farm

Inevitably when folks are exposed to the work of Will Allen and Growing Power their response is, “Whoa, he’s doing so much… composting with worms, aquaponics with tilapia and perch, economic revitalization, bringing healthy foods to inner city populations, and (pause)

How can we do this in our community?”

Will Allen often reminds people if they take away one thing from his presentation, “It’s about the soil”.  But when asked directly during his afternoon workshop at Bioneers by the Bay, How can we start this good food revolution in our community?, he responded with, “Start with building relationships.”

Relationships are one of the keys to developing access to land in urban areas, and they provide the security in tenure that allows the community to begin to create the healthy soil.  Fitting at a conference whose tagline is Connecting for Change, that Will would suggest in order to continue toward a good food revolution we must focus on our relationships.

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.