There is perhaps no more movement that is more dear to my heart than that of the urban farm—from the productive vacant lots to the tiny rooftop plots sprouting up across America. My dear friend Sarah Rich just published a beautiful book on the topic called—yes—Urban Farms, featuring insightful narratives and gorgeous photographs of 16 pastoral environments tucked tight into the grids of U.S. cities. With Sarah’s wealth of knowledge positioned squarely on the intersection of design and food, this topic could not be in better hands, and it shows.
Sarah also tapped several writers to add their take on urban agriculture, and she asked me to write an essay for the book entitled “Little Homestead in the City.” I was excited to contribute this piece, and I enjoyed the research process the most, peeking into the backyard breweries, honeybee hives and mushroom incubators of some of my heroes. I was especially thrilled when my essay was called “perceptive” in the New York Times review (11th paragraph!).
If you’re gazing at your own harvest of Blue Lake beans you proudly coaxed up a chain-link fence—or even if those beans are still a vision-in-progress to be conjured up in a corner of your driveway—I cannot recommend this book enough for your late summer reading. Pick up a copy of Urban Farms at your local bookseller, online, or, apparently, at Anthropologie.