An Interview with Zachary Clancy: Project Eats North Region farm manager

Posted on March 28, 2016 5:04 pm by Active Citizen in Uncategorized

Zach with the roto-tiller

  • What is your favorite thing about urban farming
    Harvest time, among other things such as beautiful sunsets and learning how to fix motors and other mechanical devices.
  • How did you get into urban farming
    This is like asking me how I got into breathing…
  • What brought you to Project EATS
    The mission of ACP resonated strongly with me. I consider access to fresh produce to be a crucial issue in need of addressing and providing solutions to. Furthermore, ACP is made up of very knowledgeable, passionate individuals that are inspiring to work with. Many good things going on!
  • What’s your favorite thing to eat
    I adhere to a pretty Spartan diet; Simple salads are everything for me.
  • What’s your favorite thing to grow
    All of the Nightshades. (Toms,ground cherry, eggplant, tobacco) They provide all the best tasting fruit!
  • What do you do in your spare time for fun
    Cooking meals and watching Broad City with my girlfriend, hanging out with our hyperactive dog Kiki Louise. Looking after my collection of exotic plants.
  • What do you value most in volunteers (or look for)
    I appreciate hardworking individuals who are interested in connecting and working with the natural world. Equally, I see it as my responsibility [as a farmer and educator] to provide our volunteers with the skills and knowledge that will allow them to recognize and appreciate the many wonders of our living environment.
  • I have heard rave things about your teas. Whats the secret behind it?
    I take herbs that I enjoy and combine them into simple blends never consisting of more than four ingredients. For instance, I particularly enjoy combining Anise Hyssop flowers, Lemon Balm and Tulsi Kapoor leaves. This makes a nice sweet blend for an afternoon break.
  • How do you see urban farming developing in the future
    I notice a general trend developing that focuses on creatively utilizing unoccupied/unconsidered spaces for growing locally – rooftop, abandoned lots etc. This, combined with more large scale practices such as aquaponic, vertical, and seaweed farming will all contribute to addressing the basic issues of food accessibility, community engagement, job availability, carbon footprint remission, and the sustainability of our urban landscapes.