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VOA慢速英语2012 Agriculture Report - The Appeal of Urban Farming

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Agriculture Report - The Appeal of Urban Farming
农业报道 - 生态城市农场的魅力

This is the VOA Special English Agriculture Report.
Old properties and empty lots in cities and towns around the United States are finding new life as urban farms.
Eco City Farms in Edmonston, Maryland, is located near shopping centers, car repair shops and homes. The neighborhood is a working-class community. People do not have very much money, and they have limited access to fresh food in markets.
Over the past two years, the farm has attracted volunteers from the community like Marcy Clark. She schools her four children at home. On a recent day she brought them to Eco City Farms for a lesson.
在过去两年中,这家农场吸引了社区中像马西·克拉克(Marcy Clark)一类的志愿者。她在家教育自己的四个孩子。最近一天她把他们带到了生态城市农场上了一课。
MARCY CLARK: “It’s important that the children understand the connection between the food that they eat, the soil, the air, the pollution, how all this is connected to their well-being1.”
Her children harvested rows of spinach2, mustard greens, lettuce3, Swiss chard and carrots. What did Hannah, Caleb, John and Alston think of the experience?
HANNAH CLARK: “You know, it’s good for the earth and it’s good for us.”
CALEB CLARK: “It may not be like fun, fun, but it’s fun, ’cause you’re learning and not, like, writing something out on a piece of paper.”
JOHN CLARK: “Basically instead of feeling down when I have to eat vegetables, I feel happy.
ALSTON CLARK: “I like coming out here. You know, you connect with the earth, where your food comes from. You appreciate the food a little bit more.”
Margaret Morgan-Hubbard started Eco City Farms. She thinks of it as a place where people can learn to live healthier lives.
玛格丽特·摩根-哈伯德(Margaret Morgan-Hubbard)开办了生态城市农场。她把这里当作一个可以人们可以学会更健康生活的地方。
MARGARET MORGAN-HUBBARD: “Our view is that what happens in a community, influences the culture of that community. So our idea was growing food in a community and showing that you can have farms even in urban areas, redefines what’s possible in that area, in that community and brings people together.”
“Every piece of what we do here is a demonstration4 to show people everything about how to have a sustainable community," she says. That means not only farming food and raising chickens and bees, but improving the soil with compost made from food waste. Sixteen wooden bins5 are filled with worms. Their job is to eat the food waste and help make it into compost.
Benny Erez is a technical adviser6 at EcoCity Farms.
班尼·埃雷兹(Benny Erez)是生态城市农场的技术顾问。
BENNY EREZ: “When people come and look at this, obviously we show them a technique, a technique how to take food waste and close the circle and bring the food back from being food to composted and then use it on the farm, back to growing vegetables and back to people, and it’s basically closing the loop.”
Eco City Farms is an "off the grid7" experimental operation. The farm gets its power not from the local electricity grid but from the sun with solar panels. In winter, the greenhouses are heated using a geothermal system. Buried tubes pump air at underground temperature -- thirteen degrees Celsius8 -- into the structures.
Vegetables can be grown all year. So once a week, all winter long, neighbors like Chris Moss9 and her three children bicycle to the farm to pick up a share of the harvest. What does five-year-old Owen Moss think of it?
该农场全年都可以种植蔬菜。所以在漫长冬季里,每周像克里斯·莫斯(Chris Moss)和她三个孩子这样的邻居就会骑车到农场拿一份农场的收获物。5岁的欧文·莫斯(Owen Moss)对此怎么认为的呢?
OWEN MOSS: “I like eating the vegetables.”
And that's the VOA Special English Agriculture Report. You can find two videos about EcoCity Farms -- including one about the composting worms -- at voanews.cn. I'm Jim Tedder10.
Contributing: Rosanne Skirble


1 well-being Fe3zbn     
  • He always has the well-being of the masses at heart.他总是把群众的疾苦挂在心上。
  • My concern for their well-being was misunderstood as interference.我关心他们的幸福,却被误解为多管闲事。
2 spinach Dhuzr5     
  • Eating spinach is supposed to make you strong.据说吃菠菜能使人强壮。
  • You should eat such vegetables as carrot,celery and spinach.你应该吃胡萝卜、芹菜和菠菜这类的蔬菜。
3 lettuce C9GzQ     
  • Get some lettuce and tomatoes so I can make a salad.买些莴苣和西红柿,我好做色拉。
  • The lettuce is crisp and cold.莴苣松脆爽口。
4 demonstration 9waxo     
  • His new book is a demonstration of his patriotism.他写的新书是他的爱国精神的证明。
  • He gave a demonstration of the new technique then and there.他当场表演了这种新的操作方法。
5 bins f61657e8b1aa35d4af30522a25c4df3a     
n.大储藏箱( bin的名词复数 );宽口箱(如面包箱,垃圾箱等)v.扔掉,丢弃( bin的第三人称单数 )
  • Garbage from all sources was deposited in bins on trolleys. 来自各方的垃圾是装在手推车上的垃圾箱里的。 来自辞典例句
  • Would you be pleased at the prospect of its being on sale in dump bins? 对于它将被陈列在倾销箱中抛售这件事,你能欣然接受吗? 来自辞典例句
6 adviser HznziU     
  • They employed me as an adviser.他们聘请我当顾问。
  • Our department has engaged a foreign teacher as phonetic adviser.我们系已经聘请了一位外籍老师作为语音顾问。
7 grid 5rPzpK     
  • In this application,the carrier is used to encapsulate the grid.在这种情况下,要用载体把格栅密封起来。
  • Modern gauges consist of metal foil in the form of a grid.现代应变仪则由网格形式的金属片组成。
8 Celsius AXRzl     
  • The temperature tonight will fall to seven degrees Celsius.今晚气温将下降到七摄氏度。
  • The maximum temperature in July may be 36 degrees Celsius.七月份最高温度可能达到36摄氏度。
9 moss X6QzA     
  • Moss grows on a rock.苔藓生在石头上。
  • He was found asleep on a pillow of leaves and moss.有人看见他枕着树叶和苔藓睡着了。
10 tedder 2833afc4f8252d8dc9f8cd73b24db55d     
  • Jim Tedder has more. 吉姆?特德将给我们做更多的介绍。 来自互联网
  • Jim Tedder tells us more. 吉姆?泰德给我们带来更详细的报道。 来自互联网
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