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Fond farewell after fifty years at allotment garden, UK

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Retiring Geoff Dilks – retiring after 50 years on Eton Road allotments in Burton on Trent, east of Staffordshire, England.

“My wife has said I can spend more quality time with her now.”

By Helen Kreft
Burton Mail
Dec 6, 2013

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A Stretton man is bidding a fond farewell to his allotment patch after clocking up an impressive 50 years tending to his vegetables.

Geoffrey Dilks, of Fairham Road, is retiring from his long tenure with Eton Allotments to spend more ‘quality time’ with his wife, and keep his own garden in order.

The 76-year-old first moved onto the allotments, in Horninglow, to share a patch with his father.

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Farm incubators – Boot Camps for Farmers

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Three employees of Windy City Harvest.

Programs Cropping Up for Those Hoping to Farm

By Christopher Weber
Emagazine
October 8, 2013

Excerpt:

One Windy City Harvest alum that I have followed over the years is named David Henderson. After graduating from the program in 2010, he found work at City Farm, a well-regarded farm on Chicago’s North Side. When his boss left, Henderson moved up to help run an operation that yields 25,000 pounds of produce each year. Henderson sees himself farming indefinitely. “My goal a few years down the road is still to move back to North Carolina, where I am from, and start a farm of my own,” Henderson says.

Say you’ve already farmed a bit, loved it, and have visions of one day owning your own spread: 10 acres, a barn, cows and chickens, the whole thing. In an industry dominated by global agribusinesses, how does one launch farm without joining the legions of bankrupt family farmers?

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