22 episodes

Fields brings you the stories of people who are working in urban agriculture—for money, for fun, to feed the hungry, and for entirely other reasons. In each episode, hosts Melissa Metrick, Wythe Marschall and Allie Wist delve into different foods grown in cities. Moreover, we investigate the whys behind getting up in the morning and working as a farmer in the shadow of skyscrapers. You don’t need to be a farmer to enjoy this podcast, or even a foodie! With their expert guests, Melissa, Wythe & Allie break down the realities and possible futures of urban farming to their elements.

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    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

Fields brings you the stories of people who are working in urban agriculture—for money, for fun, to feed the hungry, and for entirely other reasons. In each episode, hosts Melissa Metrick, Wythe Marschall and Allie Wist delve into different foods grown in cities. Moreover, we investigate the whys behind getting up in the morning and working as a farmer in the shadow of skyscrapers. You don’t need to be a farmer to enjoy this podcast, or even a foodie! With their expert guests, Melissa, Wythe & Allie break down the realities and possible futures of urban farming to their elements.

    Evan Marks of The Ecology Center on Fostering Local Farm Hubs

    Evan Marks of The Ecology Center on Fostering Local Farm Hubs

    We speak with Evan Marks, founder of the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano (Orange County), CA. Evan is a first-generation farmer who has practiced agroforestry in Nigeria and Ghana. For the past several years, he has devoted himself to fostering agroecological, community-focused agriculture in his own suburban region, in opposition to extractive industrial agriculture that leads to eaters’ disassociation from the land. Today, the Ecology Centers is a model of multigenerational farming that supports a 750-member CSA program (community-supported agriculture), farm education programs, volunteers, and diverse conservation practices. We talk with Evan about water and soil conservation, climate disruption, working with other local farms, bioregional cuisine, and how farming is actually punk! His advice: “Be radical!” Check out the conversation, and follow Fields on Heritage Radio Network for more interviews with urban farmers around the world.

    • 46 min
    Amy Franceschini of Futurefarmers on Art, Seeds, and Public Space

    Amy Franceschini of Futurefarmers on Art, Seeds, and Public Space

    How does grain cultivation relate to urban agriculture? How can growing food in cities function as art? As education? Why do so many people love flatbread? Amy Franceschini, founder of Futurefarmers, joins the Fields team to discuss these and other aspects of her work. We also talk about seed banking, using agriculture to bring new social life to post-industrial waterfronts, and urbanization and the movement of knowledge about heritage grains. (Oh, and, yes—the King of Norway does get involved.) Check out all of Futurefarmers’ brilliant ag-plus-art projects! And follow Fields for more surprising and wide-ranging conversations about urban agriculture and urban culture.

    • 57 min
    Tyrean Lewis and Reversing Food Apartheid Through Urban Ag

    Tyrean Lewis and Reversing Food Apartheid Through Urban Ag

    How does one commercial urban farm—Heru Urban Farming in St. Louis, Missouri—grow food for a community? Why did its founder and CEO, Tyrean Lewis, start down this path?

    We interview Tyrean about his familial connection to the land and to giving back to his community, how he pursued urban agriculture full-time during a pandemic, and what he is hopeful for today. We talk about grants, accelerators, and—of course—the many delicious crops growing at Heru. We also talk about food-system disparities and the role that urban agriculture can play in addressing them. Listen to the interview, follow Fields and Tyrean, and stay tuned to Heritage Radio Network.

    • 45 min
    Season Two Teaser!

    Season Two Teaser!

    Enjoyed Season One of Fields? Get ready for another crop of episodes, this time featuring co-host Allie Wist (RPI). Allie is an artist-scholar and working on a Media Arts PhD focusing on food and the Anthropocene. In this teaser episode, Allie joins Wythe Marschall (NYU Stern, Center for Sustainable Business) and Melissa Metrick (NYU Urban Farm Lab/NYU Nutrition and Food) in the official Heritage Radio recording booth—located inside Roberta’s Pizza in Brooklyn—to discuss some of the themes that have emerged in taping interviews for Season Two. The gang talks grains, climate disruption, compost, indoor agriculture, and more.

    • 52 min
    Season Two Sneak Peek!

    Season Two Sneak Peek!

    In this sneak peek, hear just a snippet of a great story told by Amy Franceschini, Founder of Futurefarmers, about the Lykov family’s hardships in rural Russia, a single grain of rye, and how agriculture-focused artists are making connections between rural grains and urban education today. Full episodes are dropping! Subscribe to Fields and don’t miss out.

    • 2 min
    Season Two is Coming Soon!

    Season Two is Coming Soon!

    Season Two of Fields is just around the corner. Fields isn't just for farmers or foodies, it's for anybody who eats food. We talk to guests involved in urban agriculture, including many growers, and we ask why they're so passionate about growing food in cities all over the United States in the world. And this season we're happy to add a new alongside Melissa and Wythe: Allie Wist.

    Allie is an artist-scholar, photographer, and writer working on topics related to food, futures, sensory studies, and Anthropocene landscapes. Her work encompasses research, radio broadcasts, and experiences that render past and future speculation accessible through sensory narratives. Allie is thrilled to join us as we continue to tell the unfinished story of urban agriculture.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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