Locus Focus on 04/12/10
The Importance of Eating Locally
The choice to eat locally grown food is turning into a movement, as more and more people recognize the importance of eating locally. But if you really want to eat locally grown food, the best way is to grow it yourself. Even if you live in the city. This week on Locus Focus we talk with an urban farmer in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland and the owner of an urban farm store, a few blocks away from the farm. Nikki Hill runs Riverhouse Farm, a community-supported agriculture operation on the banks of Crystal Springs in Sellwood. Started in 2007, the RiverHouse Farm CSA is an 8,000 sq. ft organic farm that believes a sustainable farm functions as a healthy ecosystem. For the 2010 season they have added more growing space at GeerCrest Farm in Silverton and HeartField Farm in Milwaukie, to better serve their growing number of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members. We'll talk about why it's important to develop urban-rural farm networks like these in order to feed us all.
Our second guest is Naomi Montacre, one of the owners of a new farm store, Naomi's Organic Farm Supply, a few blocks north of Riverhouse Farm in the Sellwood neighborhood. Naomi's sells supplies for the urban homesteader, ranging from baby chicks to berry bushes. We'll talk with Naomi about why a neighborhood farm store has become a requisite feature in today's urban environment.