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Physically Challenged Farmer is an Inspiration

Hear Chris’ extraordinary story

Film by John Chester
OWN TV
May 25, 2014

Everyone knows farming requires hard physical labor. While Apricot Lane Farms has a lot of excellent farmhands, none have been as memorable as Chris.

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10 Urban Agriculture Projects from Europe’s Greenest City: Freiburg, German

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Gemeinsames gestalten des Mandalas. Photo from Lebensgarten.

Often called the “greenest city in the world” because of its comprehensive public transit, wide array of urban gardens, and innovative recycling infrastructure, Freiburg combines both technology and tradition to provide a powerful vision for the urban world’s future.

By Donald Planey
Food Tank
May 25, 2014

Excerpt:

The Forests of Freiburg

Freiburg is an impressively green city, both politically and literally: The city’s municipal land is 43 percent forestland. More importantly, Freiburg maintains a comprehensive forestry program which integrates this ecosystem into the life of the city itself. As an extension of the neighboring black forest ecosystem, this urban forest blurs the line between the human and natural communities of Freiburg. Timber from the forest provides a powerful economic base for the city, but Freiburg never cuts at unsustainable rates. Also, the wood is often used in local infrastructure projects, which keeps the money from the materials within the local community.

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Vallejo urban farms will open gates to public in city-wide tour

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Tom Ferguson and Rachel Hoff stand in their backyard, which is also a Vallejo urban farm, Dog Island Farm. The couple is co-organizing an Urban Farm Tour this year to feature five other urban farms in Vallejo. Irma Widjojo — Times-Herald.

San Francisco Bay Area – Organizers hope tour will educate, inspire

By Irma Widjojo
Times Herald
Sept 25, 2014

Excerpt:

Hoff and Ferguson moved to their current Vallejo home about six years ago and use about a quarter acre of their land for farming, including growing fruit and vegetables and raising chickens, turkeys, rabbits and goats.

A few years ago, they even experimented not going to the grocery stores for a year to save money. Today, although the rules are a little looser, they are still mostly living off their land.

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