Urban farmer Mariel Gardner talks about 5th Element Farms (aka Apocalyptic Acres), where Dope Beets, Dope Rhymes is the motto for the vacant city lot they reclaimed as a space to grow food for their community. Their food access model is to feed the people as best they can with the hope that others will want to support them in this â€śeconomy of decency.â€ť
Listen in for tips for finding and reusing discarded items for your farm and for starting your own pollinator garden, in the city or the country. Mariel also tells us about the West Louisville Womenâ€™s Collaborative, where they believe â€śwellness lies at the juncture of art and nature.â€ť
With more than 300 vacant and abandoned properties listed with the Louisville Landbank Authority, youâ€™ll hear about the challenges of accessing this and other land for urban farming. Youâ€™ll also learn about Marielâ€™s research into historical Black land dispossession in the state of Kentucky and how this continues in cities and suburbs today.
- 5th Element Farms on Facebook
- West Louisville Womenâ€™s Collaborative online
- West Louisville Womenâ€™s Collaborative on Facebook
- West Louisville Womenâ€™s Collaborative on Instagram