Olivia grew up in Detroit, where she fell in love with agriculture as a high school student. After studying at the Royal Horticulture Society of London, Olivia returned to Detroit, where she met Greg and joined him on his upstart urban farm.
Olivia shares her experience farming with both sides of Detroit’s environment, where gunshots and extreme poverty are never far from health nuts and concentrated wealth. She digs into what she learned about urban farming from the World-War-II gardening ethos in England, how they’ve learned to manage flea beetles, and how she and Greg grow fresh salad greens in the city without active refrigeration.
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Quotes from the Show
We’re very solution-oriented people.
You can’t leave things to chance.
Pretty much the only benefit of farming in the city is being close to your markets.
The idea in life is to have as many options as possible.
Our rows are not all the same size because Greg made them before I came along and made him make things uniform.
Instead of thinking about the times when we have to harvest salad by hand as “oh, no, my back,” start thinking of it as an opportunity to stretch yourself.