Episode 57: Miranda Duschack


by Rodney Wilson

In the second episode of the two-part series with the farmers at Urban Buds City Grown Flowers, Miranda Duschack covers urban cut flower farming, supporting farmers through an 1890 land-grant university and the realities of being a part-time farmer.

Hear about the history of the land that this farm sits on—it’s been a flower farm since 1870—and how it came into Miranda’s and Mimo Davis’ hands. Miranda gets honest about having to work off-farm to make a farm business work and her dream of farming full-time. Learn about agricultural census and National Agricultural Statistics Service data in an actually interesting way to understand the picture of small-farm profitability in the US.

Hear about Miranda’s role as a Lincoln University Small Farm Extension Specialist and how she’s using her Urban Buds farming experience to benefit the folks she serves through Extension—and how you can best work with your Extension professionals to boost your own farm dreams. Learn also about how Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education’s (SARE) grant programs work—including the Farmer-Rancher Grant and Youth Educator Grant—and the efforts of the Farm Service Agency’s new Urban Ag County Committee Pilot Program.

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Listen to the first part of the Urban Buds City Grown Flowers interview, with Mimo Davis, in Episode 56.


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