Growing Cities Blog

The Quotable Growing Cities Series Pt. 1

January 19th, 2012


Check out these inspiring quotes from our interviews with urban farmers across the country…enjoy!


Will Allen, Urban Farmer Growing Power, Milwaukee, WI

“It takes a lot of skill to be able to grow food sustainably. Its an art form. We need to raise agriculture up to another different level like they do in Europe where farmers are on the same level as engineers and doctors… because the food that we eat is the most important thing in our lives.”

Antonio Roman-Alcala, Farmer/Activist Alemany Farm, San Francisco, CA

“We can be joyful while we’re trying to change the world. As long we we’re also aware that you can’t get away with things just by doing the easy stuff. You actually have to challenge certain things and put yourself in uncomfortable positions, often risking things in order to achieve real change.”

Karen Washington, Community Gardener, The Bronx, NY

“If we’re talking about social justice it has to encompass the food that we eat, the people that grow the food, how they’re treated, their health benefits, their wages. How hard they’re living. Are they living in substandard housing? Do they have heat and hot water? What about the children? Are they getting a good education? Is it quality in terms of schools? So for me, the movement started about growing food but then blossomed into this social justice conscious.”

Darron Joffe aka “Farmer D”, Farmer/Entrepreneur, Atlanta, GA

“My advice for people interested in sustainable agriculture is just plug in…wherever you are, connect to your local food community.  Connect to your local food non-profits, go to farmers markets, meet the farmers, and just talk to people…this is the best way to figure out where your passion is and where you fit best!”

Dorsey Barger, Farmer Hausbar Farm, Austin, TX

“In the US we have this bizarre idea that meat comes in a little yellow tray and its cold and its wrapped in a little plastic wrap…We dont picture the chicken.  We dont see the feathers.  We dont see its little feet…But here on the farm we’ll sometimes go out and grab a couple of doves who are eating the chicken feed or we’ll trap squirrels and other pests that are eating our vegetables, and that’ll be lunch, 15 or 20 minutes later.  That’s the circle of life here on the farm.”