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Florida’s Oakland Park culinary district could grow its own food

“There’s a lot of objection to chickens, but fish are not known for making a lot of noise.”

By Larry Barszewski
Sun Sentinel
November 24, 2012


A green trifecta of urban farming projects could help the city’s emerging culinary arts district grow some of its own food.

An urban farm, community garden and green market in the district, which runs along the Dixie Highway corridor from Oakland Park Boulevard north to Jaco Pastorius Park, could be in place within a year if approved by commissioners.

“I grew up on a farm. I think this is a great idea,” Commissioner Suzanne Boisvenue said. “It’s a no-brainer. We need to do this.”

The undeveloped northern portion of Jaco Pastorius Park is the proposed site for the farm and community garden, which would be operated by the Urban Farming Institute, the nonprofit arm of The Urban Farmer in Pompano Beach.

The proposal would mark a return of farming to the land, which was previously part of the Delegal family farm that had once been Broward’s last pastureland east of Interstate 95.

The institute would offer tours and educational classes. The farm would supply local restaurants, a proposed culinary school and a Community Supported Agriculture program where subscribers receive regular distributions from the farm. The farm would also be one of the vendors at future green markets.

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