Patchwork Urban Farms seeks funds to build a village-scale food system

Sunil Patel and friends give a reasoned yet impassioned pitch for reconnecting community with the earth through disbursed patches of shared urban gardens and farms. Patel says Asheville-based Patchwork Urban Farms’ goal is to “regenerate our land and build a village-scale food system in Asheville.”

This year the project has six partners, including Pearson Gardens, Nina in West Asheville, Bradley in Swannanoa, and Bountiful Cities.

The project current hopes to raise $40,000 to

  • develop its soil-building program (which uses animals, microbes, biochar, earthworms and black soldier flies),
  • enlarge its “food justice” program (which provides food on a sliding scale to those with less funds)
  • create farm-incubation sites
  • hire an apprentice for the 2015 growing season
  • coordinate cooperative farming systems, support patchwork farmers, aggregate and market the harvest.

To support the project, go here.

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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