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Tag : Urban agriculture (10)

Farming the neighborhood

Mother Earth News / Kristi Quillen, K.C. Compton / December 2016/January 2017

Sarah, her husband, Jeremiah, and their four daughters turned their lawn into garden and began growing their own food as a solution to the family’s health concerns and the cost of organic vegetables — and they achieved a lot at their 1⁄5-acre backyard homestead in Loveland, Colorado. In fact, they were among MOTHER’s 2014 Homesteaders of the Year. Eventually, though, they began to run out of space and dreamed of expanding, but couldn’t afford to buy a big piece of land.

“I was looking longingly at farms because of the space, but we love living in our neighborhood that’s so close to downtown,” Sarah says.

Then she had an idea: Why not farm the neighborhood?


Urban backyard farming for profit

Mother Earth News / Curtis Stone / October/November 2016

urban_farm-2In this excerpt from The Urban Farmer, courtesy of New Society Publishers, Curtis Stone offers an innovative approach to urban backyard farming for profit — one that doesn’t require starting with acres of land in the country. In these urban farming business plans, which are based on his own experience and which have been refined over years, Stone outlines how you can start a gardening business while still working a 9-to-5 job, and increase your commitment and profits over time.


Growing fresh veggies for the neighborhood

Peak Moment TV / 23 February 2015

Farm coordinator Scott Behmer gives us a tour of a derelict lot transformed into a small urban farm. In an area with widely diverse demographics, work trade volunteers help in the garden and take vegetables home with them. The children’s garden has “See, Touch, Taste, and Mint” beds with plants highlighting these themes.

Burlington, VT: Green is just how it’s done

Mother Earth News / KC Compton / October/November 2014

Burlington-ShorelineIf one community could serve as poster child for the core values we write about in MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Burlington would be it. Organic gardening, self-sufficiency, an involved community, renewable energy and a commitment to health are how Burlington rolls. Its vibrant local food system is central to the city, and at the heart of that food system is the Intervale Center.

“Intervale” is a term for the low ground between hills, often bottomland enriched by overflow from creeks and rivers. In the 1980s, an intervale tract of more than 700 acres within the city limits had become a dangerous, inhospitable place. Historically productive fields sat abandoned and people were using the land primarily as a dumping ground.


Zoning and City Code Considerations for Urban Homesteaders

Mother Earth News / Sundari Elizabeth Kraft / 18 March 2014

City-ChickensZoning codes are pretty much always written by lawyers. So unless you’ve passed the bar exam, don’t feel bad if you find the code difficult to understand. Here are a few tips you can keep in mind as you dive in and attempt to figure out what you are and are not allowed to do:

Know your designation: Start by learning what the zoning designation is for your area. Even if it’s “residential,” there are usually distinctions in the code between residential types (R-1, R-2, etc.). Many cities have a function somewhere on their website that allows you to input your address and receive a bunch of information on your property, including your zoning designation. Or you can call the zoning office and ask.


How to Make a Fruit Picker

picker6Mother Earth News / A Dreyer / 13 November 2012

Are you tormented by ripe fruit that’s out of reach on high branches? Would you love to put that fruit to use, but just can’t get to it? Follow these easy instructions on how to make a fruit picker and you won’t have to watch fruit rot on a tree again.


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