Extreme Urban Agriculture In Baltimore | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Extreme Urban Agriculture In Baltimore

Play associated audio
Arthur Morgan tends to vegetables planted on the roof of the Hamilton Tavern in Baltimore.
Regina Lansinger
Arthur Morgan tends to vegetables planted on the roof of the Hamilton Tavern in Baltimore.

By Cathy Duchamp

Sustainability is moving up the political agenda in cities across the region. In Baltimore that translates into growing support for urban agriculture.

Arthur Morgan is pushing the urban farming envelope.

"Peppers, eggplant tomatoes, we’re doing corn and sunflowers, beans," says Morgan.

These crops aren’t growing in the ground. They’re taking root on the roof of the Hamilton Tavern in Northeast Baltimore.

"A lot of these roofs are really strong. These are all industrial warehouses and stuff like that. The strength is here, why not farm it?," he asks.

Morgan is head farmer in what’s called the Hamilton Crop Circle. The volunteer group has gotten businesses to donate rooftop space, and a school to rip up a parking lot for a community garden. Morgan says getting support is like planting a seed. All you see is dirt for awhile, but then something starts to grow.

"So sunflowers, celery, bok choy, okra’s popping up, mint, we’ve got beets, we got spinach, see the spinach is starting to climb over there," points out Morgan.

NPR

Not My Job: Drummer Marky Ramone Gets Quizzed On Marky Mark

Marky Ramone, who has just written a memoir called Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, will see if he can correctly answer three questions about Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
NPR

Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

Wonky produce can take on absurdly entertaining shapes. But one food activist says learning to love these crazy contours is key to stopping mounds of food waste.
NPR

Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

President Obama late Friday signed a stopgap measure to keep the department running for another week, but the tussle over his executive action on immigration, linked to the funding, is not over yet.
NPR

A Neuroscientist Weighs In: Why Do We Disagree On The Color Of The Dress?

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist at Wellesley College, about the dress that has the whole Internet asking: What color is it?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.