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Macon, Georgia neighborhoods could get assist in urban agriculture

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P.J. Carswell describes his drive for getting more people in Middle Georgia involved in growing healthy vegetables and fruits.

By Stanley Dunlap
The Telegraph
Nov 8, 2015

Carswell has a goal of getting more people involved with his gardens in Bolingbroke not far from the Bibb County line and in Macon. With more than 40 acres in Monroe County, Carswell has designated about two acres for his garden that include plants still producing yellow squash, eggplant, cayenne peppers and other vegetables. In Macon, Carswell’s hideaway half-acre garden near Montpelier Avenue grows everything from pear, peach, pecan and fig trees to turnip and collard greens.

He enjoys pointing out the soil’s richness with a pH level of 7 that creates a “happy medium.”

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Today, 1 farmer supports 99 urbanites in the USA

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A wheat harvest in Idaho

The Oldest Divide: With roots dating back to our Founding, America’s urban-rural split is wider than ever.

By Victor Davis Hanson
City Journal
Autumn 2015
The author is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Excerpt:

From Hesiod’s Works and Days to Virgil’s Georgics, the connection between farming and morality was always emphasized as a check on urban decadence and corruption. What was gained by the city’s great universities, monumental edifices, churches, and pageantry was often lost through the baleful effects of being cut off from nature and defining success through intangibles such as transient goods, status, and material luxuries. Physical and mental balance, practicality, a sense of the tragic rather than the therapeutic—all these were birthed by rural life and yet proved essential to the survival of a nation that would inevitably become more mannered, sophisticated, and urban.

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Vegas Roots, a community garden program, operates on over four-acres of vacant property in Las Vegas

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Vegas Roots brings together the diverse community to bring organic produce and healthy lifestyles to Las Vegas. Vegas Roots

“Start growing what food you can and learn to appreciate the process from seed to consumption.”

By Clare Algozin
Food Tank
Nov. 8 2015

Excerpt:

FT: What are your goals for 2015 and beyond?

RB: We have a few goals we are working on right now. One of our main goals is to start a mobile produce market called the Veggie Buck Truck. It will bring locally grown produce to low-income areas at affordable prices and utilize government-funded programs like SNAP/EBT to increase availability to consumers. Future plans also include a youth-run farmer’s market, where the youth are responsible for managing their own table.

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November 15, 2015   Comments Off on Vegas Roots, a community garden program, operates on over four-acres of vacant property in Las Vegas