Back in July, I was interviewed by the online news magazine OZY . They wanted my opinion a capital-intensive, high-tech hydroponic contraption. In addition to the article, part of their series called The Good Sh*t, they made a little video about the story which you can watch here. I got to be the crotchety academic who rhetorically asks: “But who actually has access to these resources?”
Today, the Portland Tribune posted a story about our Agriculture MTL-PDX field course. Here's a snippet:
Graduate students at Portland State University recently gave their counterparts from Montreal, Canada, a grand tour of the city — not of the food scene, but the urban gardens, which both cities are famous for. Eight PSU graduate students took eight Canadian graduate students to meetings and site visits at some of Portland’s best-kept secrets: urban gardens that have sprouted in recent years to help fight hunger, empower low-income residents, educate children, and give youth and adults access to healthy food right in their backyard or neighborhood. It’s fascinating stuff for planners, since it is a byproduct of gentrification in hot spots like Portland, says Nate McClintock, the PSU assistant professor who spearheaded the student exchange. “Essentially, urban agriculture arises where there’s vacant land, cheap land, a low market rate or wherever food justice activity pops up,” McClintock says. “So many of these projects produce food to address the so-called food desert.” The aim of the exchange, he says, was for students to understand “how entangled urban agriculture is with processes and change and gentrification.”
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