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It Takes A Village

At Farm and Main from Spring 2010 Urban Farm

By Lisa Munniksma, Urban Farm Managing Editor

Lisa Munniksma, Managing Editor, Urban Farm

Photo by Stephanie Staton

Since our Premiere issue hit newsstands in August 2009, we’ve been blown away by the feedback you’ve shared with us by mail, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and telephone. Thanks to each and every one of you who contributed your overwhelmingly positive and constructive thoughts! When we launched Urban Farm, we had a hunch it was time for a publication that deals with the sustainability issues we face every day, and you’ve proved us right.

One idea that’s become more apparent to us as UF develops is the strength of community surrounding sustainable living. As Will Allen points out in “P is for Prosper” in this issue, “You can’t do this in isolation.” This is how we feel in the UF office, too. Every one of our contributors—people who are living this lifestyle from California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Washington, Utah, Indiana and elsewhere—is a part of this community. Our editors are based in the small city of Lexington, Ky., and involved in the green and urban-farming efforts in our community. We travel all over, talk to people from around the world every day, and look to our contributors and you—our readers—for motivation and new concepts.

The urban-farming community is coming together in inspiring ways. I’ve been able to see Will Allen speak twice—the second of which birthed the idea for this issue’s article about his principles for urban-farming success. (It took at least a week for me to come down from the clouds after the influx of ideas and energy I had from that event.) Further evidence of community can be found in this issue’s “Where Urban Meets Farm” feature, where urban farmer Erik Knutzen takes on that pesky detail of city ordinances. Then there’s the story of leaders in today’s self-sufficiency movement—Will Sutherland, the Dervaes family and Ed Begley, Jr. among them—that inspires nothing short of awe.

You’ve heard the expression: It takes a village to raise a child. Indeed, it takes a village to lead a successfully sustainable life, too—from sharing gardening secrets (like Square Foot Gardening) and your garden harvest with neighbors to caring for one another’s laying hens when you’re out of town.

Please keep the feedback coming, and let us know what’s happening in your village. Tell us at www.urbanfarmonline.com/contact, or write on our Facebook wall.
And tell us why you’re an urban farmer at uf@bowtieinc.com. Your mug might grace the back page of a future issue of UF.

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