Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-04-07 15:10:08 –
Washington, DC — Every morning, whether it’s raining or sunny, Taboris Robinson tends to grow a myriad of crops on his farm.
“We make corrado, kale, arugula and cabbage,” he said. “As you can see, there are sage and rosemary over there. This year we are doing broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, squash, onions, garlic and herbs.”
But Robinson is not an ordinary farmer.
“I’m actually a carpenter and a cook,” he said. “I wasn’t a farmer. Let’s clarify that. I didn’t think I was farming.”
This is also not an ordinary farm. Its strange one-acre shape is carved from a small growing patch next to a baseball stadium in the middle of the American capital.
“Food returns to the community,” Robinson said.
The farm is part of a non-profit organization DMV Urban GreensLocated in the southeastern part of Washington, DC, this location is known as a food desert because residents struggle to access fresh produce during a pandemic.
“One safeway, like a five-mile radius, serves more than 100,000 people,” says Robinson.
This farm aims to help that need. Last year it handed out £ 20,000 of fresh produce.
Over the last three decades, the number of urban agriculture in the United States has increased by more than 30%. Urban agriculture has become a lifeline for fresh food in some places, even in large supermarket chains, because pandemics have shown how fragile food distribution systems are.
It’s growth in total Thousands of small urban farms nationwide From Detroit to Phoenix to Tampa, there are now dozens of cities. They range from small plots known as microgardens to a few acres in size.
Robinson recently felt the impact of its urban agriculture trends when trying to buy crop seeds.
“Now everything is sold out,” he said. “Similarly, now it’s everyone’s agriculture.”
Volunteers like Gloria Anthony intervene to help keep things going on the farm.
“Here we planted lettuce last week,” she said, pointing to a section of the farm. “I love seeing the hard work to see the harvest and knowing that the vegetables reach those who really need them. It’s very rewarding.”
But like all farms everywhere, it has its challenges.
“We brought animals around here. It’s a groundhog that keeps eating me,” Robinson warned and turned to the area to see if he found a groundhog. It was. “That is, he eats me a lot. That is, the guy is off the chain! Yeah, he’s waiting for me to plant something somewhere now.”
People are waiting for him to plant something. They are now relying on this growing blessing in the middle of the concrete jungle.