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A farm blossoms in the concrete desert

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Curious about a visitor, Beets, the pig, sticks his head through the wire of his pen. He is owned by Nancy Jauregui, a student in the agricultural program at Buena Park High School. Photo by Mark Rightmire, The Orange County Registrar

4 acre farm on campus

By Michael Mello
The Orange County Registrar
May 30, 2010

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BUENA PARK – In one hidden corner of Buena Park High School, the sounds of students’ busy chatter give way to the cadence of clucking chickens and bleating sheep.

There’s an entire 4 ½-acre farm on the campus, complete with animal pens, a greenhouse, vegetable plots, fruit trees, and even the requisite tractor. The farm is one of the school’s best-kept secrets, though it has been quietly recognized with a national award and spotlighted in prominent agricultural magazines.

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New TV Show – Urban gay couple move from NY rooftop garden to farm

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The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Planet Green’s The Fabulous Beekman Boys will make its Discovery on Demand series premiere on Friday, June 9, before the network premiere on Wednesday, June 16, at 9 p.m.. Subsequent episodes premiere on-demand on Tuesdays and on the network on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

By Valerie Milano
Hollywood Today
May 26th, 2010

In June, the Discovery channel’s Planet Green is introducing a new series based on a urbanite gay couple in New York who ‘accidentally’ became farmers. Trying to build a sustainable farm while managing a relationship makes for some funny and emotional episodes. Author Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, a doctor and former executive with Martha Stewart, run the Beekman Farm.

The idea blossomed from an unlikely place, and Ridge explained, “We started by growing vegetables on our rooftop in New York City, and that inspired us so much that we started looking for what we thought was going to be a weekend place in the country and grew the size of our garden. Now we grow 110 different varieties of heirloom vegetables. What we hope is that by doing a show like this, we will inspire more people to do that, to see how easy it is.”

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June 1, 2010   1 Comment

Farm dreams – In urban Miami-Dade, students learn to care for large animals

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Turner Tech juniors Aleyda Trana, 17, left; and Ashli Jay, 17, second from right, get help from Magda Martinez to push/pull Ace, Ashli’s steer, off a transport trailer. It was a practice run for a trip to Tampa for the State Fair in February. Photo by Marsha Halper – Miami Herald staff.

At William H. Turner Technical Arts High School in North Miami-Dade, urban students learn the science and joy of farming.

By Robert Samuels
Miami Herald
May 31, 2010

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Twenty years ago, before urban farming became a bohemian buzzword, Parton was commissioned to nurture students at Turner Tech who had no agricultural background.

The trick, he has found, is to offer them a vision of taking control of their lives and their surroundings. He tells them the truth — that the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks agricultural jobs as some of the fastest growing in the nation and that the government gives out scholarships to minorities interested in the field. Then it grows bigger than a hobby. More like an addiction.

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