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Benton Harbor, Michigan breaks ground on urban farm

All of the fruits and vegetables that are grown out of all of these boxes can be sold at the farmer’s market in Benton Harbor.

By Kate Chappelle
WNDU
Nov 9, 2012

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Opportunity farm is a project put on by students from the Opportunity Center in Benton Harbor. But these students, many thought, wouldn’t have a future.

“I really had a hard life. I’ve been doing things I ain’t supposed to, I really had a rough life coming up, but right now this program meant a lot. Because at first I saw no future, but now I see a future. So, it really meant a lot to me,” said Lamar Moody, a graduate from the program.

Six graduated from the program today, but over 20 have completed the program in its yearlong existence. Those graduates spent their time learning about agriculture and landscaping, while getting hands-on skills at an actual farm they created.

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November 10, 2012   Comments Off

Urban garden takes local food from farm to fork in Charlotte, North Carolina

The money the church earns goes back into the farm

By Kristy Etheridge
WBTV
Nov 9, 2012

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – In the shadow of the Charlotte skyline, there’s a small community garden called Seigle Farm that’s growing some beautiful produce in an area where fresh food is hard to come by.

Places like the Belmont neighborhood where the garden is located are called “food deserts,” or places that don’t have access to fresh, healthy food nearby.

The garden started when uptown Charlotte’s Harvest Moon Grille made a deal with Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church. The restaurant teaches the community how to grow fresh, healthy food; the church puts in the elbow grease.

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