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Urban Agroecology: A Lighthouse of Sustainability – August 1, 2013

City farming illuminates a different paradigm

Rene Zazueta and I had crossed paths numerous times on the UC Berkeley campus. Since he rarely uttered a word in meetings we both attended, I thought him as the “silent sidekick” of Miguel Altieri, the UC professor and agroecology researcher who was recently nominated by Michael Pollan for Mark Bittman’s “alternative World Food Prize.” But it turns out that Zazueta has a lot to say when transplanted to a vegetable patch. In his backyard on Berkeley’s Haste Street, on land that was once a parking lot, Zazueta has designed what Altieri likes to call an “agroecological lighthouse.” It is both a scientific experiment station and a community gathering ground,… more

by: Maywa Montenegro

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