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CBS News: Urban farming on the rise nationwide

U.S. Homes Expected to Lose Nearly $700 Billion in Value This Year. Zillow Real Estate Research.

The best way to try your hand at urban gardening – without running afoul of the law – is to educate yourself regarding local regulations and zoning laws.

By Ilyce Glink
CBS News
Feb 8, 2012
Ilyce R. Glink is an award-winning, nationally syndicated columnist, best-selling book author, and radio talk show host who also hosts “Expert Real Estate Tips,” a Internet video show.


In decades past, Americans relied on rural farms to meet the food supply needs of the rest of the nation. But the capability to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, even of the super-trendy organic variety, is coming to the city. If you don’t believe me, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says “around 15 percent of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas.”

Picking up on this movement, the folks at Zillow recently mined their real estate listings to locate city homes for sale that may feel more like Green Acres.

Take for example one Austin, Texas, home listed at $391,500: That price will get you a two bedroom, one bathroom, 1,196 square foot home in the city limits. In addition to modern luxuries, your down payment also gets you a chicken coop and vegetable garden.

And would you ever expect to find goats living in the suburbs of New York City? With the growth of the urban farm trend anything is possible.

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1 comment

1 Kristen { 02.21.12 at 7:59 pm }

I’m wishing we had a few less regulations, but then again…I guess not everyone would keep it clean. I would love to have a goat or two, and I think we have the room. But I doubt we could get away with that here. I’ll have to stick to chickens and rabbits and LOTS of produce. It’s a good thing I have a great local farmer for the rest of our meat!