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In Philadelphia, Pushing To Revive Marathon Farm

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Sam Gainsburg (r) and neighborhood resident Sudha Suryadevara (l). Photo by Cary Betogle.

The people invested in the future of the farm say they will prioritize community ownership and shared responsibility for the space, a pivot from a failed model that depended heavily on a single organization, Marathon.

By Cary Betagole
Hidden City Philia
December 16, 2013

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Borish, who professes a genuine interest in urban agriculture, was actively involved with the farm at first.

“We wanted to pair a sustainable farm with a for-profit restaurant to see if it could underwrite our goals,” said Borish. “We had pretty lofty goals and positive energy but big challenges as well.”

Among those challenges was being able to accept EBT debit cards at the farm stand, which are used by people receiving financial assistance from the state.

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December 21, 2013   Comments Off on In Philadelphia, Pushing To Revive Marathon Farm

Chicago adopts eco-friendly vertical farming

The City is trying a novel approach to grow crops indoors and help meet demand

By John Hendren
Aljazeera
14 Dec 2013

America’s midwest is one of the great agricultural zones of the world. The wheat, corn and soybean fields feed millions around the world.

And to help meet demand, farmers are trying a novel approach – they’re growing their crops indoors.

December 21, 2013   Comments Off on Chicago adopts eco-friendly vertical farming