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Agriculture goes urban as more people want to reconnect with food source in Kentucky

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You can grow food in an urban setting, said Mims Russell, shown here harvesting herbs at FoodChain. Photo by Stephen Patton.

Since its founding in 2009, Louisville Grows has collaborated with the city to create 14 community gardens.

By Jeff Franklin
Special to KyForward
Apr 17, 2014

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Self’s company is Kentucky’s first indoor, commercially-scaled aquaponics system with six, 250-gallon fresh water tanks containing live tilapia that are fed by the spent grain from the brewery that occupies the majority of the building. Co-owned by Rebecca’s husband, Ben Self, West Sixth Brewery is a critical underpinning to the closed-loop system. Herbs and lettuce grow in long rows of planter boxes lit by artificial lights and irrigated by filtered water from the tilapia tanks. All of this takes place under the watchful eye of farm manager Mims Russell, sustainable agriculture. Working at FoodChain through an independent study course in sustainable agriculture led to his being hired full-time as manager after he graduated from University of Kentucky.

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April 26, 2014   Comments Off on Agriculture goes urban as more people want to reconnect with food source in Kentucky

Store wants to be a hub for urban gardeners in Olympia

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Eastside Urban Farm & Garden Center co-owner Brighida deVargas. Photo by John Dodge.

One of the goals in the proposed city comprehensive land-use plan is to have food growing within walking and biking distance of all city residents

By John Dodge
The Olympian
Apr 17, 2014

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On my first visit to the 6,000-square-foot store Tuesday I ran into everyone from longtime South Bay horse trainer-boarder Betty Jo Watkins to a young Eastside family looking to build a community garden in the city-vacated alleyway behind their home.

Chicks and ducks are selling like hotcakes, heading to urban chicken coops in a city that revamped its urban agriculture ordinance last year to make it easier for city dwellers to own small livestock.

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April 26, 2014   Comments Off on Store wants to be a hub for urban gardeners in Olympia