TWS Episode 149:Linda Borghi:You Are Just One Seed Away
Linda Borghi is a Biodynamic farmer of Abundant Life Farm in Walker Valley, NY with no lack of diverse experience. She has worked both sides of the fence, as both a vendor and producer. She began her career in 1977, managing four star restaurants on the upper east side of Manhattan, including La Grenouille, Bruno’s, Toscana and Piccolo Mondo.
In this interview, we talked about when and why Linda begin Urban Farming, why she started the movement, why everyone should grow some food, what people can do to get started and what her vision for the future is.
Linda began farming in 1988 on Block Island, RI where she established Abundant Life Farm. There she invented a 5-gallon pasteurization machine, and was the only farm in the country with a “herd” of one cow to be licensed to sell cheese to the public.
In 1992, she returned to the mainland to manage the cut flower operation of 26 Costco wholesale locations. Her territory was from Norfolk, VA to Holbrook, LI.
In 1998, she was the first intern at the Pfeiffer Center Garden in Chestnut Ridge NY, which pioneered the practices of Rudolf Steiner’s Biodynamic agriculture.
In 2004, she re-established Abundant Life where she began practicing SPIN-Farming and established the Eat Local Virtual Farm stand which created a direct distribution channel from farmer to eater.
In 2009, Linda spoke at the United Nations at a conference entitled Food, Famine and the Future of Food Technology.
In 2015, she felt the strong desire to teach others of both the importance of why they should farm-a-yard and Farm-A-Yard was born with a mission to turn lawns into food and to teach BioEnergetic methods. This mission took her on the road with the “Grow Food Earn Money Tour”. She is now located in South Carolina and continues to speak, educate, mentor and grow opportunities for others through online podcasts, webinars, Farm-A-Yard trainings, classes and events.
“There’s 40 1/2 million acres of lawn in the United States, and kids are going hungry. 40 1/2 million acres, and they say we’re having a food production problem. We use 40% of our potable water on the East Coast just to water lawns! Grass is the largest cultivated crop in the country…taking up more acreage than corn or soy! And last I checked, humans can’t eat grass.” — Linda Borghi
Farm A Yard
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