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Councilor pushes for more urban agriculture in Colorado Springs

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Councilor Jill Gaebler says allowing goats in the city could help generate a more dependable supply of food. Photo by Pam Zubeck.

Nikolai Woolf and his wife, Brandi, occupy a 7,200-square-foot lot near Old Colorado City that they call Folkways Farm. It houses two goats, several chickens, a greenhouse and bees

By Pam Zubeck
Colorado Springs Independent
Mar 26, 2014

Excerpt:

When asked a few months ago about her priorities this year, City Councilor Jill Gaebler cited food security — including allowing hoofed stock within Colorado Springs. Now Gaebler is moving ahead with her plans, seeking to change laws to accommodate citified farmers.

And the freshman councilor doesn’t want to stop there. Later this year, she wants to establish a “food policy commission,” whose mission would include empowering residents to grow or source their own food, including eggs, milk and honey.

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April 1944 – Actress Laraine Day poses in Victory Garden cover shot

Actress Laraine Day (1920 – 2007) poses in a gardener’s costume while surrounded by various vegetables for the April 1944 issue of PIC magazine, New York. Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images.

Excerpt from her obituary in the New York Sun (Nov 11, 2007): Laraine Day, 87, Film Actress and ‘First Lady of Baseball’

After a quickie Mexican divorce of her first husband in 1947, the Mormon movie starlet married Durocher, the foul-mouthed New York Dodger’s skipper who up to that point was despised by all but the team’s fans. The pair settled down for a decade or so of married bliss that saw Day, who kept her movie-star name, dubbed by the press “the First Lady of Baseball.”

Durocher, in the meantime, incurred further obloquy by bolting the Dodgers mid-season in 1948 for the crosstown rival Giants. Yet the marriage seemed to soften his image as well, especially after Day began broadcasting a pre-game show on WPIX, the Giants’ station at that time, in which she focused on players’ human side rather than game action. By her own account, the first time Day encountered Durocher, her first question had been, “What is a Dodger?”

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Sprout City Farms breaks ground with a new garden in Denver

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Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy, fourth from left, helps community members and representatives from Sprout City Farms break ground March 18, 2014, on a community garden in Mountair Park. Photo by Alison Hatch.

The Mountair Park garden will probably produce 5,000 pounds of produce the first year

By Austin Briggs
Denver Post
03/24/2014

Excerpt:

A food desert on the east side of Lakewood is on its way to having a small oasis of fresh produce that will feed the neighborhood as well as provide educational opportunities.

Sprout City Farms has partnered with the city of Lakewood and leaders from the Two Creeks neighborhood to grow a variety of crops on a 1¼ acre plot in Mountair Park in an area the U.S. Department of Agriculture has labeled a food desert.

That means residents in low-income areas don’t have access to fresh food within a half mile, said Lakewood associate planner Alexis Moore.

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