There is great potential for urban farms to provide environmental gains, fresh nutrient-rich food for urban dwellers, and right livelihood for beginning farmers. Urban farming in the U.S. has been a mostly nonprofit effort, growing for underserved communities. While these projects are essential, urban farming must become financially viable, or else it will remain a tiny portion of the economy. Our cities’ environmental, labor and social challenges call for urban farming to become a player in our agricultural economy. This panel will provide best practices from successful for-profit urban farms that serve farmers’ markets, CSAs and restaurants.
B | 10:30 am
Stone's Throw Urban Farm
Little City Gardens
Kristyn Leach is an activist and farmer based in San Francisco, where she runs Namu Farm on about an acre of Alameda County's publicly supported urban farmland. A Korean American who was adopted as an infant, Kristyn combines two farming cultures in a method of small-scale agriculture known as "natural farming”, eschewing artificial inputs and pesticides in favor of homegrown fungi. Kristyn specializes in heirloom Asian vegetable varieties, and showcases her produce at the avant garde Korean American fusion restaurant Namu Gaji in San Francisco.