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The Manic Gardener

Kate Gardner

The Manic Gardener – Gardening in the City

Try this on for size: you live in the city, and you don’t have a yard. But you want to grow your own food. What do you do?

Twenty-five years ago, or even ten, chances are you’d have been out of luck. These days though, many cities across North America positively bristle with helpful organizations for the aspiring urban gardener.

In Seattle, Liza Burke introduces us to Seattle Tilth, which offers a range of educational courses, gardening opportunities, programs for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised, and advice on organic gardening and sustainability for people lucky enough to have their own gardens.

In Toronto, Chris Wong heads two new gardening organizations: the for-profit Young Urban Gardeners, and the non-profit Young Urban Gardeners CSA. In this conversation, he describes how to set up a working organic farm on scraps of land you don’t own.

This show highlights one of the continent’s oldest community gardening programs and one of its youngest. Along the way, it mentions a dozen others, giving a glimpse of the resources available to activists, gardeners, and those in need of fresh food, fresh air, and exercise.