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2013 marks City Farmer’s “35th” Year promoting urban agriculture!

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Photo by Stefan Lozinsky. See larger image here.

Seasons Greetings from City Farmers’ Directors, Staff and their Families.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 2013 marks City Farmer’s 35th year of service promoting urban agriculture. City Farmer is a Non-Profit Society and Registered Charity conceived in 1978. We operate Vancouver’s Compost Demonstration Garden.

See some of our work here.

December 24, 2012   Comments Off

New York Times: ‘The Battlefront in the Front Yard’

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Digging In – Jason Helvenston, with his wife, Jennifer. Jeff Rowes, a lawyer for the Institute for Justice, a libertarian law firm based in Arlington, Va., that is advising Mr. Helvenston, is adamant. “It’s the micromanagement of land that invades your liberty in a thousand small ways,” he said. Photo by Todd Anderson for The New York Times.

“You’ll take my house before you take my vegetable garden.”

By Steven Kurutz
New York Times
December 19, 2012

Excerpt:

Since his backyard doesn’t get much sun, Mr. Helvenston ripped out the lawn in his front yard and put the 25-by-25-foot, micro-irrigated plot there. The unorthodox landscaping went largely unnoticed for months, perhaps because he lives on a dead-end street next to Interstate 4.

Then, in September, Pedro Pedin, who lives in Puerto Rico but owns the rental property next door, visited with his wife and cast a displeasing eye on his neighbor’s front yard. “All the houses are pretty much kept neat,” Mr. Pedin said, “but his house looks like a farm.”

Mr. Pedin contacted the city, which cited the Helvenstons for violating section 60.207 of Orlando’s Land Development Code (failure to maintain ground cover on property) and set a deadline of Nov. 7 to comply.

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December 24, 2012   1 Comment

A Guide to Community Gardens Around San Francisco

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Potrero Hill Community Garden (Potrero Hill). Situated high on a hill (with panoramic views!) right above where the famed Potrero Hill Goat Lady used to let her goats graze, this 50-plot garden has been yielding fruits, veggies, bees, honey and flowers galore since the late 60s.

The Recreation and Park Department manages over 35 community gardens on City property.

By Laura Mason
7×7 SF
May 13, 2011

Excerpt:

The plant-it-yourself movement in San Francisco is really picking up steam. But for anyone lacking a backyard or spacious deck perfect for sprouting plants and flowers, there’s a bevvy of community gardens (like the Alemany Farm and the Hayes Valley Farm) dotting the city for you to live out your green-thumb dreams in. There are many more out there beyond the ones listed here. Find one in your neighborhood by clicking here.

All In Common Community Garden (Mission)

This is one of the rare community gardens in the city that’s free and has no waiting list. There are no separate plots, hence the name, and all volunteers share what they grow. It’s been an organic garden for more than 35 years, and all members rotate what crops they grow so there’s a perfect variety of produce to be had each season.

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