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Homeless in Miami – community farm project in south Florida that grows produce for an upscale restaurant


Xavier Wright, who previously lived in a homeless shelter, works in Verde Gardens farm. Photo by Zachary Fagenson.

As part of an innovative effort to tackle Miami’s problem with homelessness, Xavier Wright has traded the streets of downtown for a live-in community farm project

By Zachary Fagenson
Reuters
Sep 9, 2012

Excerpt:

Verde Gardens, a $17.2 million, 145-unit complex built for Miami’s formerly homeless, boasts a 22-acre (9-hectare) organic farm planted with a variety of fruits and vegetables from potatoes to bananas and pigeon peas.

Wright, who previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq, had resided in a homeless shelter with his 6-year-old autistic son before moving to Verde Gardens.

The farm is tapping into a rising trend in the restaurant industry to use locally grown seasonal products.

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Subaru and Urban Greensgrow Farms in Philadelphia

A conventional farm seemed highly unlikely to spring from an industrial brownfield

Subaru has been a proud partner of Greensgrow Farms since 2001. Founded in 1997, by co-founder and Chief Farm Hand, Mary Seton Corboy, Greensgrow is an urban farm located in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. It is dedicated to promoting social entrepreneurship through the reuse of land once deemed useless. The farm reconnects city dwellers with rural food producers and promotes the greening of Philadelphia’s homes and gardens.

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