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Memphis “Smart Mules” Win Award from the National Garden Association


Winners of the National Garden Association award, The Smart Mules themselves! Organizer Adam Guerrero with Jovantae Thomas, Shaquille Thomas, Jarvis Howard, Cortez Washington and Rodrick Daniels.

‘Harvest’ blight from the abandoned lots to compost and use as a mulch for a central mini-farm in Memphis.

Nov 10, 2012
Neighborland

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The “Smart Mules” are a group of talented young men led by former teacher and GrowMemphis board member Adam Guerrero. Jarvis, Jovantae, Shaq, Cortez and Rodrick “harvest” the grasses and organic material from overgrown, abandon lots that dot the Shasta neighborhood of Memphis. They use the harvest as compost and mulch, and together have a vision for creating a mini-farm on the corner of Shasta and Trezevant. With a $1,000 from the NGA, this pioneering group of young men will be able to buy new equipment, increase the productivity of their work, and move closer to their long-term vision.

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Kind of Like ‘eFarmony’: Matching Farmers with Urban Landowners for Fun and Profit


Chris Costa and one of her chickens on her farm in Downingtown, Pa. Costa and her partner, T.J., found the land for this farm through a sustainable agriculture program. Emma Lee/WHYY.

Landowners and aspiring farmers can meet each other – kind of like speed dating, but for agriculture.

By Emma Jacobs
NPR
November 12, 2012

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Many farmers want their farms to be located close to a city – especially organic farmers who’d like to sell their produce at big urban farmers markets. But the price of land within range of a big city is sky high and only getting higher.

Most small farmers buy their land, but some are now looking to lease in suburban or exurban areas. And to do that, they’re using something straight out of Fiddler On The Roof: A matchmaker.

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Toronto Urban Farmer Ran Goel is leading an agricultural revolution

Fresh City sells the harvested produce locally, delivering about 250 boxes a week.

By Sharon Aschaiek
U of T Magazine
Autumn 2012

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If Ran Goel has his way, every backyard in Toronto will become an organic microfarm. “If we can make farming ubiquitous here, it would be a win-win-win situation for our environment, our communities and our health,” says Goel, co-founder of Fresh City Farms, which focuses on commercial urban agriculture.

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