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Nebraska looking at ways to grow urban agriculture

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State Sen. Burke Harr, right, shakes hands with urban gardener Matt Low at the Benson community garden in Omaha, Neb. Sen. Harr wants to expand the use of community gardens in urban areas. He is launching a study this summer to try to make it easier to start community gardens, possibly by allowing them to grow on public land. Photo By Nati Harnik/AP.

State Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha wants to expand the use of community gardens in urban areas.

By Grant Schulte
Associated Press
May 31, 2014

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Nebraska is known for its corn, soybeans and beef — and now, in a state where farming is king, one state senator is looking at bring more agriculture into cities. Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha has introduced a legislative study to consider ways the state can help develop new community gardens.

Harr said the gardens could address some of the need in so-called “food deserts” in Omaha, Lincoln and other areas that lack easy access to quality food. They also could teach children in cities about agriculture.

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Urban farms sprouting in western Pennsylvania

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Mindy Schwartz operates her urban farm, Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery, on land in Wilkinsburg, just outside Pittsburgh, that once held two dilapidated houses. Photo by Robin Rombach.

Gardens are being planted on vacant land where houses once stood.

By Ann Belser
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 26, 2014

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After buying and moving into a three-unit apartment house in 1994, Schwartz, 49, built raised garden beds and began growing produce — more than she could eat. So she sold some of her vegetables to local restaurants.

In the spring, she set up a rack in her basement near the warm steam boiler, and hooked grow lights to shelving.
“Next thing you know, I have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of seedlings,” she said.

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