THE FUTURE OF FARMING WITHYemi AmuHow the founder of Oko Farms in Bushwick, Brooklyn, is promoting food security and sustainability.
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It’s deeply rewarding to have a job in an urban area that nurtures various forms of life—from people to birds, insects and even microscopic organisms.
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“This year, we’ll have two additional farm sites, which will allow us to donate all of the food we grow at our current Bushwick location.”
How it helps the community
What inspired you to build the farm back in 2013?“In the beginning, it was meant to demonstrate aquaponics—an ecosystem approach to agriculture that recycles fish waste and water to grow food. Since, it’s become a space for education, food production and research.”
What challenges come with urban farming?“It can be challenging to address food security in urban areas while also being mindful of my role as an environmental steward. It’s my responsibility as a farmer not just to feed people, but to nurture the nonhuman life forms that contribute to our well-being.”
What are you most proud of?“How the space attracts people from all ages, backgrounds and countries around the world. What we learn from the public is woven throughout the farm, and shows up in what we grow, how we teach and even how we raise our fish.”
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Oko is “farm” in Yoruba, one of the four major languages of Nigeria, where Yemi was born and raised.
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See more of the farm (and fish!)
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