A New York City Farmer Tells His Story of Food and Disaster

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

For this week’s food segment, we talk with Manny Howard, a man who turned his tiny New York City backyard into a farm, complete with produce and livestock.

Along the way, he confronted unexpected catastrophes, including tornadoes and countless animal deaths. He also learned important lessons about his own limitations, and his family's. He writes about his experience as a city farmer in his new book "My Empire of Dirt: How One Man Turned His Big-City Backyard into a Farm."


Manny Howard
Manny Howard's chicken coop
Manny Howard's garden


Manny Howard

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Gardening is always an active learning situation in my experience. Adding animals to become independent requires a lot of work as well.

I am pro-local food and individuals growing some if not all of their own food stuffs. I hope that other people who are thinking about adding animals will realize that their care requires a lot of work and some working knowledge as well.

May. 19 2010 11:13 AM

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