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Seven African American Urban Farmers You Should Know

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Natasha Bowens, right.

“Community gardens help people reconnect with the earth, and this is especially important in areas that are struggling and have fewer resources.” Tanya Fields.

By Nicole L. Cvetnic
The Root
April 22 2015

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Natasha Bowens
Creator and author of The Color of Food
Frederick, Md.

After joining the food movement, Natasha Bowens instantly felt more alive and connected to the earth than she ever had before. She began discovering the historical inequalities in agriculture and the food system for people of color. When she was one of the few people of color selling food at a market a few years ago, some people did not take her efforts seriously.

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April 30, 2015   Comments Off on Seven African American Urban Farmers You Should Know

City of Sparks, Nevada prepares to embrace urban agriculture

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Employee Katie Toftdahl feeds chickens that are offered for sale at Rail City Garaden Center in Sparks.

“Our responsibility as good neighbors is to keep your coops clean, water and turn your compost piles, and don’t direct your bee’s fly ways at your neighbor’s home.”

By Nathan Orne
Sparks Tribune
Apr 21, 2015

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If approved, the change would allow residents to keep a specific number of chickens or raise a certain amount of bees on their personal property for purposes of food production. The change also includes language that would pave the way for community gardens.

“I really do think these are the types of things that when people come to our community this is the way we can show Sparks is a progressive city,” said City Councilwoman Julia Ratti, who is among the officials asking that the change be explored on behalf of interested residents.

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Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

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Innovative Techniques for Growing Vegetables, Grains, and Perennial Food Crops with Minimal Fossil Fuel and Animal Inputs

By Will Bonsall
Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: June 3, 2015

Will Bonsall has worn many hats before and since going “back to the land,” including prospector, draftsman, gravedigger, hobo, musician, logger, and artist, among others; however, he considers subsistence farming to be the only true career he ever had. He is the director of the Scatterseed Project, which he founded to help preserve our endangered crop-plant diversity. His first book, Through the Eyes of a Stranger (Xlibris, 2010), is an eco-novel set in a sustainable society of the future. Will lives and farms in Industry, Maine, with his wife, Molly Thorkildsen, and two sons.

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