MSNBC's Contessa Brewer Dives Into Urban Gardening (VIDEO)

07/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Contessa Brewer: MSNBC anchor and enthusiastic urban farming neophyte.

She wanted to learn how to grow her own food, so she took a crack at it and had an experience familiar to many of us (or at least me):

So last year, I decided to try my hand at "urban farming," which really means growing your own food, even if you live in the city. I started with a basil plant and used its leaves twice before it died.

In my quest to change a brown thumb for green, I learned all kinds of things about urban farming. You can grow vertical gardens that take up less space, than traditional vegetable gardens.

Here, she gets really ambitious and tries to make her own compost bin!


Contessa also reported on a working urban farm in Washington, D.C.:

Keep it up, Contessa! I bet you get a whole season's food out of your garden before I successfully grow a vegetable.

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