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October 24

Public Farm One

Public Farm One (Official Site)

this is a fantastic example for my thesis project.  how we can re-integrate farming and food into our daily fabric.  this is not to say that it is entirely unrelated as it exists now, but that it has great potential to provide us with a better understanding of our world, of our earth, literally the ground we walk on.  particularly in terms of the urban context, how a farm of any scale is viewed often as an escape from the metropolis, an oasis amidst the concrete laden landscape.  

this is remarkably important when for the first time in human history, a majority of us now reside in urban areas.  now, i know the definition of a city in this case is highly relevant when considering this bit of information, and am still trying to define it in terms of this global study [i will update here when i track the definition down].  i am not trying to endorse one way of life over the other, although i have never really considered myself to be much of a city person until i lived in bangkok this past may.  

i am, however, questioning the relationship between the two:  is it parasitic? symbiotic? 

rural areas produce the raw goods which urban areas refine and process for use in BOTH urban and rural areas… rural areas also contain the clean air, water, food, fiber, forest products and minerals which cities rely on.  these cities require these to function, in short, they are increasingly reliant on the rural areas.  that is not to say that the rural areas do not have their disadvantages:  they receive the trash of the urban populations, the waste products [polluted air, contaminated water, etc] and globally have a disproportional share of the world’s poverty.

“So far, cities are getting whatever resource needs that can be had from rural areas […] But given global rural impoverishment, the rural-urban question for the future is not just what rural people and places can do for the world’s new urban majority. Rather, what can the urban majority do for poor rural people and the resources upon which cities depend for existence? The sustainable future of the new urban world may well depend upon the answer.”

-Dr Ron Wimberley, Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina.  May 22, 2007

i am curious to anyone reading this: what do you think?  i am not trying to blame urban or rural areas for the effects they may have on one another, i do think it is possible that one cannot exist with the other.  but i am wondering if you have any personal experiences on the subject?  comparisons between your urban home and rural home?  stories? articles? suggestions?

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  1. Nancy permalink
    December 2 00:12

    I think that the reason people leave farms to go to the city is economics. There are more different things to do in the city then in the farm.
    It is also hard physical work in the rural world. You have to use your body and days are long with little reward.

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