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City Folk’s Farm Shop in Columbus, Ohio


“When we talk about sustainable living and urban homesteading, people think of hippy-dippy types,” she says. “But we’re really not in that category.”

By Emily Thompson
Columbus Monthly
April 2014


Amid the many businesses that sprawl up High Street, City Folk’s Farm Shop stands out with a bright orange awning and large logo boasting a chicken on the window. At first glance, the inside of the shop looks like a small-town garden supply store—standard gardening tools line the walls, birdhouses sit atop shelves and trashcans are off to the side. But a closer look reveals those trashcans are actually composting bins, and some of the products are even less recognizable. What exactly is a Nut Wizard, anyway? Customers frequent the store for this nut- and seed-gathering gadget, along with cheese-making kits, how-to books about fermenting, food dehydrators and the Farmer’s Almanac.

The Clintonville shop is quiet one Tuesday evening in February as owner Shawn Fiegelist arranges a spread of snacks from a recent food share—local farmers and gardeners trade homegrown food at regular gatherings—for tonight’s meeting. The first of many, this is a meeting of urban homesteaders—both experienced and aspiring—hoping to rely less on conventional sources of food and energy. For nine months, they will work as mentors and students in a program called Ground Swell.

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