Green Lecture Series at National Building Museums Puts Planners and Architects on the Right Track

I recently attended the lecture series at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.  The topic of the talk was urban agriculture.  What I found most interesting was that the lecture series was targeted at architects, planners and builders; even though the topic seemed to be directed at the sustainable food movement.  I think this is a really important development because urban planners, builders, architects need to be aware and skilled in urban agriculture as they design our cities for the next century.  The monthly lecture series is called “For the Greener Good.” Future lectures include “sustainable schools” and “greening the supply chain.”

The four people on the panel of this discussion were Josh Viertel, President of Slow Food USA, Liz Falk, co-founder of Common Good City Farm in D.C., and Steve Cohen, food policy and programs from Portland Oregon’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.  The discussion followed the expected path of most discussions that I’ve heard in the past about the development of community gardens, urban farms, CSA’s, and Farmer’s Markets etc, and the growth of backyard and front yard gardens.  Seven million families installed new home gardens last year, which to me signifies a very tangible trend reminiscent of the “victory garden” movement during World War II.  During that period, only 60-odd years ago, over 1/3 of all produce grown in the United States was grown in home gardens. Read More >