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100 square foot urban farming plots coming to Knoxville, Tennessee

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Left to right, Daniel Aisenbrey, farm manager and Brenna Wright, founder of Abbey Fields Farm with PetSafe Chairman Randy Boyd and wife Jenny Boyd, and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, gather to make an announcement about the Old City Gardens. For a yearly subscription fee of $100, residents will be able to rent one of 30 4-by-25-foot raised beds for growing vegetables or flowers. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS /NEWS SENTINEL)

He said he was inspired by the Fenway Victory Gardens, a city park in Boston with about 500 plots for lease to local gardeners.

By Megan Boehnke
Knoxville News Sentinel
April 1, 2016

Excerpt:

State economic director and local businessman Randy Boyd has joined with urban farmer Brenna Wright to turn a vacant lot into the Old City Gardens.

Thirty raised beds will be available for lease at $100 apiece annually. The other half of the lot at 300 E. Depot Avenue will be a for-profit plot run by Abbey Fields Farm, which will sell produce to downtown restaurants.

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City Farmer’s Head Gardener, Sharon Slack, Makes Vancouver Newspaper Frontpage Twice in 6 weeks

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Sharon Slack, 73, says she prefers working at City Farmer in Kisilano to the typical retirement ‘image’ sold in advertisements. Photo by Arlen Redekop.

“Unretired seniors are working overtime”

By Denise Ryan
The Vancouver Sun
April 8, 2016

Except:

Sharon Slack, 73, head gardener at City Farmer in Kitsilano, said she finds the traditional idea of retirement preposterous.

“The whole image they sell you about retirement — all those TV ads that say: Retire! Do all the things you want to do! Travel! Entertain! Good grief,” she said. “I didn’t do that when I was young. Why in the world would I do it now?”

Slack loves her job, but work isn’t just a pleasure — it’s also a practical matter, she said.

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