Howard figured his farm could provide him enough food for amonth late in the summer and began preparing in March. He builta chicken coop, dug a drainage system to water his crops, spentthousands of dollars on topsoil to cover his yard’s lead-rich,nutrient-poor clay and bought rabbits, ducks and 25 chicks.
He soon learned it was hard work — seven days a week, sixto 16 hours a day, tending his farm nearly every day until theexperiment of eating his food began in mid-August.
When I grew up in Brooklyn you would be amazed how many families, esp. the Italian ones, had intensive gardens on tiny plots of backyard. Tomatoes were the big grower although I recall seing guys growing corn on the edges of parking lots. And tehres always stories of people raising chickens in apartments in the poorer neighborhoods.