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Regenerative Urban Farming in Los Angeles
The urgency of our times is leading a “back to the land” consciousness shift inspired by Indigenous worldviews where urban people once again grow their own food and reconnect to the natural cycles of sun, water and soil. Regenerative agriculture refers to a type of farming that employs a culture of reciprocity, respect, and interrelations with all beings, going beyond organic to actively regenerate the ecosystem while supporting healthy, thriving communities.
Listen to Eric Tomassini and Ali Greer share their insights, successes and challenges farming an urban hillside in arid Southern California. Learn how regenerative farming restores the hydrologic cycle, promotes biodiversity, sequesters carbon, mitigates climate change, and accelerates the return of health and biology to the soil.
Avenue 33 Farm is a 1.2 acre hillside urban farm in Lincoln Heights, just outside of Downtown Los Angeles. They focus on selling nutritious produce and flowers, establishing healthy soil, and empowering others to grow food.
Ave 33 Farm on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ave33farm/
Anything by Elliot Coleman – not necessarily “regenerative” but was a big influence on us as we got into farming
No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture – Bryan O’Hara – gets into the details of how they approach no-till farming on a commercial scale
Compact Farms – Josh Volk – a great book that has details on different small farms and their operations for people interested in learning more about how different farmers are approaching small farms
The Lean Farm – Ben Hartman – A good book if you are seriously looking to start a small farm or are farming on a small scale. Not any fluff mostly just details on how to make your operation more efficient and operating procedures.
The “Teaming with…” series by Jeff Lowenfels – more science than practical guide to farming but a great resource for better understanding what is happening in the soil and how different practices and amendments affect plant and soil health.
Sylvanaqua Farms has a lot of great articles and info on their website.
Soul Fire Farm and Sylvanaqua Farms we highly recommend checking out. I think the books listed above are a specific lens, mostly science and farm operations focused, very nuts and bolts. Soul Fire Farm and Sylvanaqua Farms provide great resources on farming while also giving a deeper context for those practices.
No-Till Growers – pretty approachable interviews with farmers
Regenerative Agriculture Podcast – pretty dense interviews with scientists
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Interview by Carry Kim
Intro by Jessica Aldridge
Engineer: Blake Lampkin
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Music: Javier Kadry
Photo courtesy Avenue 33 Farm
Updated 20 March 2023