Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Jobs

Farming for the Future: Community & Urban Gardening

February 10, 2021 The Battle of Homestead Foundation & Patricia DeMarco Season 1 Episode 11
Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Jobs
Farming for the Future: Community & Urban Gardening
Show Notes

This is Episode 11 of Essential Work: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Jobs, brought to you by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.


1. Patricia DeMarco ( hosts our feature interview with Rayden Sorock, Director of Community Projects for Grow Pittsburgh, who has worked to support the growth and sustainability of more than 100 community gardens in Allegheny County over 9 years.  They discuss initiatives around urban agriculture and preserving fertile land in Pittsburgh to feed people, along with ideas of regenerative agriculture.

  • Grow Pittsburgh:
  • “Pathways to a New Economy that Works for All of Us”: With her thirty-year career in energy and environmental policy in both the private and public sector, Dr. DeMarco regularly addresses labor, environment and health considerations as she explores Re-Imagining America with her guests -- all amazing experts and change agents -- who are building those positive pathways toward a sustainable future.

2. Battle of Homestead Foundation Communications Manager Larry McCullough talks with host Nathan Ruggles, reviewing the online programming from the past year -- including the YouTube series “Charlie’s Monday Marker” -- and inviting listeners to contribute ideas for future events (email  The episode wraps with a music selection from Larry.  This time, it’s an example of a Mexican-American corrido with a labor and political theme. The song is composed by Rumel Fuentes, and recorded in 1976 by Los Pinguinos Del Norte, preserved as part of the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings at UCLA:

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