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Free Farm plants seeds of community, generosity

freefarmCurious neighbors peek through the fence as (from left) Jim Sweeney, Peta Poole, Tree and Josh “Griff” Griffin tend the garden at Gough and Eddy streets. Photo: Kat Wade / Special to The Chronicle

Free Farm in San Francisco

Justin Berton
Chronicle Staff Writer
March 22, 2010


The folks planting a farm on the corner of Gough and Eddy streets in San Francisco hold no illusion that they’ll cure urban blight with a head of lettuce.

They make no claim that a fava bean sown today will reduce the prison population tomorrow.

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Ikea hackers build chicken coop


Ikea coop

By Jules
June 18, 2009

Aaron Bell and wife Corinne design a cozy Ikea home for a few cute chicks.

He says, “My wife and I recently got into urban chicken farming and built a coop for them almost completely out of materials from Ikea.”

We used the following Ikea products:
– Mydal bunk bed
– Trofast storage unit with shallow drawers
– Vika Oleby legs
– Gorm bottle rack

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March 22, 2010   1 Comment

On the urban fringes: small farms arising

tupilsTulips at the West Seattle Sunday market. Photo by marmot06.

While big farms are slipping in number, Washington is seeing a rise in small farms, the main supplies of farmers markets. Developers are now treating a small farm as an attractive amenity, attracting those hooked on the FarmVille fantasy game.

By Bill Richards
Crosscut Public Media
March 17, 2010


Almost unnoticed in the local to-do about the planned development is a piece of Rose’s vision that centers on a 27-acre farmsite just south of Port Gamble. The long-dormant farm sits near the middle of Olympic’s development plan and is, in Rose’s words, “a fabulous amenity.”

As Port Gamble spreads out, Rose wants to turn the farm into non-profit corporation, with a board composed of local farmers and Port Gamble homeowners, that will provide fields of row crops for the Port Gamble’s farmers market and supply local veggies to the village’s new residents through a community supported agriculture (CSA) subscription arrangement.

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