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The Breaking Through Concrete team is taking a 21st century road trip to document the American urban farm movement, visiting 14 diverse projects that are, in distinct ways, transforming our built environments and creating jobs, training opportunities, local economies, and healthy food in our nation's biggest cities. The team is proud to have WhyHunger as a major sponsor of the tour. Who we are: David Hanson (text)-- David is a freelance journalist living in Seattle. He was the founding travel editor for Cottage Living Magazine and current Editor-at-Large for Coastal Living. Michael Hanson (photography) -- Michael shoots for The New York Times, Outside, Patagonia, Coastal Living, Budget Travel, NPR, Sunset, among others. He recently won American Photo Magazine's first prize in portraiture for his series on Ethiopia's Omo Valley tribes. Charlie Hoxie (videography) -- A documentary filmmaker and freelance multimedia journalist living in New York City, Charlie has worked on projects for PBS and the Biography Channel, as well as feature documentaries with Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney. He is currently an MA candidate in the News & Documentary program at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Center for Journalism. Edwin Marty (farming) -- Edwin is founder and executive director of Jones Valley Urban Farm, a non-profit, education and working production farm located in downtown Birmingham, AL, that has grown from a single vacant lot into a city-wide farm with 28 acres in production.

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Little Sparrow Farm was born on a long-vacant lot in Mid-City New Orleans, surrounded by the area’s traditional shotgun houses. (Photo by eustatic.)

The Feeding the City series is profiling several cities with thriving urban-agriculture and alt-food scenes.

In the land of gumbo and beignets and crawfish and rabbit-n-dumplings, of Haitians and French and Anglos and Africans, life moves at a slower pace, with more color and spice than most of America. There’s time for food and music, and for parties to celebrate both.

New Orleanians have always taken pride in all things local, but since Katrina and now the oil spill creeping in from that blessed and cursed Gulf of Mexico, that pride has swelled immeasurably from Gulf shrimp to Ninth Ward greens to edible schoolyards.

Things grow here. And people know how to grow and how to cook. Hard-core foodies could take a week to sample the white-table-cloth restaurants relying on serious local sourcing. The chefs from Bayona, Coquette Bistro, Dante’s Kitchen, Cochon, M Bistro, Herbsaint, and Patois are becoming regulars at city farmers markets. Emery Von Hook, director of markets... Read more

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