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Farming: The new urban adventure in Akron, Ohio

Even though this may appear to be a rural setting, Karmi James, left, and Jeff Boni are weeding their robust urban garden. Photo By Karen Schiely.

They named the minifarm Paqarina, which means “dawn” or “beginning” in the indigenous Quechua language of the Andes

By Mary Beth Breckenridge
Akron Beacon Journal
August 28, 2011


AKRON, Ohio – Karmi James and Jeff Boni brought little more than interest to their urban gardening venture.

James had done a little gardening as a kid, but neither knew much about growing food before they planted their first garden not far from the old Firestone factory in Akron, Ohio. Today, however, they’re operators of Paqarina Farm, an organic garden on Ira Avenue just south of downtown that produces fruits and vegetables to feed themselves and sell to others.

The two grow an array of crops on what James estimates at maybe a quarter of an acre. In the process, they’re trying to encourage others in their low-income neighborhood to try growing food themselves.

“The simplest thing a person can do is put some seeds in the ground and grow them,” Boni said. “If you give people a shovel and some seeds, a lot of people could get off public assistance.”

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1 comment

1 Jeffery Bonatti { 08.30.11 at 8:08 am }

thank you for your story it helps motivate us to continue water weed transplant plant over and over again i hope that more urban residents choose to feed them selfs rather than become dependent on a broken system of social welfare that does not promote sustainability or responsibility.