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Former banker makes urban farming footprint with her pearls on in Mississippi

cindytCindy Ayers-Elliott, owner of Foot Print Farms, talks about the Farm-in-A-Box small gardens at her farm in South Jackson Friday.
(Photo: Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger)

Her Foot Print Farms on South Drive in west Jackson commands a surprising 68-acre sprawl inside the city limits. Inside the gate, the country feel takes over.

By Sherry Lucas
The Clarion-Ledger
June 27, 2016

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Its proximity to downtown is a key plus for chef Nick Wallace, who’ll do a Kellogg Foundation lunch there in July, bringing at-risk youth for a garden tour, harvest and farm kitchen setup that cooks it right there.

“There are a lot of other farms I love, but everybody else is so far away,” Wallace said. Foot Print is a quick dash from downtown for coffee, a stroll and a chat about what she could grow for him. “She can teach me things, and I can teach her, too.” A recent success was butter squash, a pale yellow zucchini grown to a uniform 5 inches and perfect for restaurants. “That helps her go out and sell it in the community.”

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The Business Of Edible Landscaping in Florida

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Photo by Daylina Miller/Wusf

There are 36 varieties of bananas at the nearly seven-acre farm, and so much more.

By Daylina Miller
WUSF Public Media
June 28, 2016

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Pete Kanaris founded GreenDreams, a landscaping company that helps clients grow their own food. He owns SandHills Farm, and it serves as both a nursery for plants and a testing ground for plants he recommends to clients.

“We’re really just learning to work with nature out here,” Kanaris said. “We have almost 750 fruit trees in the ground, almost 25 diff clumping varieties of bamboo… It’s a research site.”

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