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Apartment Gardening: Growing Food

By Amy Pennington
Sasquatch Books (April 1, 2011)
192 pages

Grow squash on your patio, flowers in your window box, and pick blackberries from your parking strip. Apartment Gardening details how to start a garden in the heart of the city. From building your own planter box to sprouting seeds in jars on the counter, every small space is plantable. Beginning and experienced gardeners will discover how to save money on produce and impress friends with their newly-tenacious green thumbs.

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Can a Family Live in a City and Not Buy Food at the Grocery Store for a Year?


Video about Rachel Hoff and Tom Ferguson’s “Dog Island Farm”. No. 3 in Whole Foods “Grow” series.

No groceries for a year – Vallejo couple tries it

By Lauren Reed-Guy
San Francisco Chronicle
September 4, 2011

Excerpts:

The dogs are the first to greet you as you enter Rachel Hoff and Tom Ferguson’s yard, a wagging welcome committee to the couple’s quarter-acre garden, aptly nicknamed Dog Island Farm.

Brimming with everything from cornstalks to honeybees, the garden has been the couple’s primary source of food for the past year, as they decided to forgo grocery stores in favor of the bounty of their Vallejo backyard.

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Troy Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin, brings farming to the city

It serves as a model of what’s possible when people get together and think creatively and compromise and work together in community

By Jamie Stark
Madison Commons
09/06/2011

Excerpt:

Today, the site includes a five-acre organic farm, 330 community garden plots managed by over 200 families, a kids’ educational garden, a prairie, and a trail through “edible opportunities” like fruit trees and an herb garden.

Troy Gardens emphasizes the “community” part of community gardening.

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On-line dating at “Farmer’s Only”

City Farmers don’t get love? I think we do.

By Jerry Miller
Founder, FarmersOnly.com

Excerpt from their website:

City folks just don’t get it!

Because their stories were so common, I decided to do some research.

When I looked for sites for farmers online dating, I found sites that claimed to cater to farmers, ranchers, and country dwellers, but the majority of postings seemed to be from people living in big cities. How many farms have you seen in New York City?

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