The community garden convinced me that more city-dwellers needed to encounter food production in an urban setting. Most of my peers had never grown anything; few of our parents had either. Food was just something that magically showed up on a grocery store shelf from somewhere, somehow.

I went looking for ways to demonstrate the responsible growing of food to as many people as possible, and to make it easy for curious folks to get involved. I found some friends who wanted the same thing and eventually we took over an abandoned lot downtown, just a mile from city-center.

The farm now produces and sells food to local residents and restaurants, holds workshops, and even employs a few people. And with its high traffic location, an estimated 15,000 people pass by the spot daily and are made to consider, even if unconsciously, the matter of where food comes from and their own role, whether producer or consumer.

Raleigh City Farm