NTI PodTalk with Stefan Karg, Sprout City Farms Program Manager

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Today Dianne interviews Stefan Karg, the Program Manager for Sprout City Farms.

Sprout City Farms builds educational urban farms to engage communities, strengthen neighborhood resiliency, and root farmers in the city. They envision a thriving local food system supported by a network of accessible city farms which nourish, and are nourished by, their surrounding communities. 

Their farms serve as a platform for education, health, food justice advocacy, ecological stewardship, community wealth building, vocational training, and neighborhood resiliency. 

Stefan grew up in Lakewood and Arvada, Colorado and spent his childhood helping his mom and grandmother grow their own food and explore the wildlands of Colorado. While studying environmental communication and wildlife biology at Colorado State University, Stefan worked for a local garden center and landscape company where his love for horticulture exploded. Stefan realized that the most effective way to make change in the world is through connecting, supporting, and educating people. After college, Stefan worked for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science creating programs for their community of families, children, and teens. Since leaving the museum setting, he has been running the operations of the outdoor education and park ranger programs and overseeing the organic garden club at Red Rocks Community College. He also just became a Colorado Certified Gardener with CSU Extension!

As an educator, naturalist, and horticulturist, Stefan is excited to join Sprout City Farms as the Program Manager on the mission of creating thriving local food systems that strengthen our communities and enrich the environment. You can reach Stefan at st****@sp*************.org.

In this episode Stefan and Dianne discuss:

  • 01:50 – About Stefan and what his role is with Sprout City Farms
  • 03:15 – Where the locations of the Sprout City Farms
  • 04:05 – Is farming under solar panels a viable option for the future?
  • 04:43 – How Sprout City builds farms that support schools and local communities
  • 06:40 – Using underutilized spaces to grow and learn about food
  • 07:36 – Institutions that are near the farms use the food grown on the farms for “Farm to Cafeteria” programs to include more fresh foods in school lunches
  • 09:25 – Mobile farm stands
  • 10:45 – Being a part of the solution to food deserts and food apartide
  • 16:20 – Rooting farms in urban communities
  • 17:40 – How to get involved with Sprout City with volunteer days, farm-to-table dinners, and farm stands
  • 19:56 – What Sprout City grows on their farms
  • 21:00 – What the future plans are for Sprout City Farms
  • 22:25 – Farm-to-school curriculum 
  • 26:48 – What Sprout City does with their urban farms to account for the pollution in cities
  • 28:50 – Soil rejuvenation through low till and no-till farming
  • 30:17 – Increasing carbon sequestering in the soil by creating ecological stewardship areas
  • 32:45 – Recommendations to start urban farming
  • 34:25 – How to get in touch with Sprout City
  • 36:10 – Bonus content – Certified Organic vs. Certified Naturally Grown and more!

NTI’s PodTalk is available on all major podcast platformsFind us by searching “NTI PodTalk” in your favorite podcast platform or by following any of the links below.

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Other episodes of the NTI PodTalk that feature experts in the food system and food production:

Fermentation revivalist, Sandor Katz

Former NTI student and olive oil expert, Matthew Graylin

Julie Ebert, Co-owner of Ebert Family Farms

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