Rashid shares his journey through the conventional agricultural system, including time spent working for Cargill and as a Clinton appointee to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to becoming an organic urban farmer. Along the way, he shares his insights into food systems, and how Truly Living Well uses fresh food and crops to enrich lives and build communities.
We also dig into the systems Rashid has developed for effective urban farming, whether he is growing in boxes on top of concrete or in the soil. Rashid also shares the simple but effective composting and fertility system Truly Living Well uses to create healthy crops that allow them to grow without the use of pesticides.
Farmers Web: Making it simple for farms, farm cooperatives, and local food artisans to streamline working with wholesale buyers. Lessening the administrative work that comes with each order helps producers create a more successful relationship with their buyers and can help them work with more buyers overall.
Vermont Compost Company: Founded by organic crop growing professionals committed to meeting the need for high-quality composts and compost-based, living soil mixes for certified organic plant production.
Quotes from the Show
Compost, compost, compost. That's the secret to growing good quality, natural, organic food.
If the soil is strong, the plants will be strong, if the plants are strong it's going to make quality food to feed the people.
I was young and dumb, way over my head in terms of experience, but I learned so much.
I had to suspend judgments quite a bit because I wanted to learn
He who controls your food, controls you.
Wherever you see people starving, it's because of politics.
The secret to success is getting up every day and sticking to it and doing it.