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Urban farm, neighbor collide in East Austin, Texas

Louis Polanco lives across the street from HausBar Farms, and complained to the city about odors coming from the farm. Dorsey Barger, owner of HausBar Farms, is a believer in the black soldier fly composting system that composts chicken parts. Dorsey Barger of HausBar Farms has about 100 chickens, 50 rabbits, two miniature donkeys and a goat on her urban farm. Photo by Jay Janner.

“To have a backyard garden and give eggs to your neighbor is one thing, but to process and sell chickens and rabbits for wholesale? That’s a full-fledged business in an improperly zoned area.”

By Ricardo Gandara
Dec 16, 2012


On her 2 acres in East Austin, Dorsey Barger, a self-professed fanatic about composting, recycling and reusing, lives what she calls an “idyllic” life, her own little version of making a difference in the world, she says.

Her sustainable practices of urban farming produce organic vegetables, fresh eggs and range-free chickens that are sold locally and served at Austin restaurants. Her farm-fresh food, very much a part of the grow local and sell local movement, gets to the dinner table on far less fuel than supermarket suppliers use.

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Urban environs couldn’t deter one woman’s agricultural dreams in Atlanta.

Patchwork City Farms (PCF) is a small multi-family owned urban farm located in the South West of Atlanta in the Historic West End Neighborhood.

Patchwork City Farms – Growing Wild in the City

Dec 2012


Cecilia Gatungo lives in Atlanta, Georgia, the center of a metropolitan area that more than 5 million people call home. Her little slice of that urban jungle adds up to about 800 square feet of space outside her home. But small as it may be, she is determined to farm it.

Gatungo spent her childhood in a Kenyan farming community where she had ready access to fruits and vegetables. “I never went inside to snack on chips,” she says. “I want the same for the kids in the neighborhood.” What started out as a dream to provide healthful food for her neighbors is even more intense now that those kids include her own 11-month-old son, Hodari.

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Urban farms cultivating safer neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago

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Plans for 30-acre urban farm district on the city’s South Side aim at reducing violence and crime

By Alicia Swanstrom
Medill Chicago
Dec 06, 2012

Fred Daniels, an Englewood resident, spent eight of his 29 years in prison for drug violations and attempted murder. Now he’s growing food as way to a better life.

At the Wood Street Farm on the South Side, Daniels works the soil and harvests plants for Growing Home, a nonprofit that offers transitional jobs to people with barriers to employment, such as felonies. Through its training programs, the farm gives ex-offenders like Daniels a fighting chance to stay off the streets.

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