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Couple tries to turn urban acreage into farm in Oakdale, Minnesota

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Alissa Jacobsen, Harvey and Rose’s granddaughter, is spearheading the efforts to reclaim the farm for the family. Once used to raise race horses, the land was classified as residential several years ago with no arguments from the family. Alissa holds Bitsy, one of her young dairy goats. Photo by John Doman.

“They overcame a big hurdle going from residential to any kind of ag classification,”

By Elizabeth Mohr
Pioneer Press
12/14/2013

Excerpt:

Tucked between clusters of houses and an Oakdale nature preserve, there’s a family with a small farm and big ideas.

Rose and Harvey Jacobsen, with their granddaughter Alissa Jacobsen, have been working tirelessly for the past two years to convert their 15 acres into a working farm.

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1930 – City Farming in New York City’s lower east side

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Boys gardening in the 1930’s. (Not linked to this story. Verhagen family photos.)

Miniature farms as much fun as miniature golf

Berkeley Daily Gazette
Oct 1, 1930

A pleasant story of harvest season comes to us from New York City’s lower east side. The farmer’s were small boys. Their farms were six-by-four garden plots in a city park. They farmed under the protection and guidance of the Educational Alliance.

The crops, harvested recently, consisted of peanuts, tobacco and corn. The big idea had been to teach those small boys what those particular plants looked like as they grew. It’s a big jump from goobers in the ground to a bag of salted peanuts, or from tobacco leaf or a tender ear of corn in its green sheath and with its silky tassel to the usual products of these plants seen by city children.

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