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Two friends, one garden plot: families from Russia and Ukraine grow together in Orem, Utah

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Katya Ivie, left, from Russia and Maryna Akhtyrska from Ukraine are friends who shared a garden plot this summer at a community garden in Orem.

This is the third in a four-part series of articles about a local community garden and how people from around the globe met and learned each other’s stories while working the soil.

By Laura Giles
Day Herald
Oct 7, 2016

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At the garden this summer, Katya enjoyed having the opportunity to visit with Russian and Ukrainian friends while they all worked in their plots. They also helped each other if one was away on vacation or could not make it to the garden that day.

“Growing plants is the same as growing kids – lots of hard work,” Katya said. “It was interesting to see the people from different countries and what they grew,” she said about the community garden. “The whole season here is very dry. We have to water almost every day. In Russia, we only have to water maybe twice a week at most,” she said.

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Urban Farm Plus Chickens Located at Business Property in Boston

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See video of business with urban farm plot.

Miner says the trend is growing because people want to know where their food comes from, cities want to shed their “food desert” labels and businesses want to offer a better work/life balance.

By Elizabeth Hopkins
WFXT
Oct. 5, 2016

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Above the hustle and bustle of Watertown, don’t be surprised if you hear the cluck of chickens.

In that city, a hot pink chicken coop sits in an unusual space and it marks a trend that’s bringing “farm living” into the heart of urban areas.

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Silicon Valley’s Urban Farm Movement ‘Ready to Grow’

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Jamie Chen of La Mesa Verde says families don’t need to be “taught” what is healthy. Photo by Peter Schurmann.

“We’re in Silicon Valley, and don’t get me wrong – I love technology,” she says. “But I can’t eat computers.

By Honora Montano
New American Media
Oct 6, 2016

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While Silicon Valley is known for cutting-edge technology and the wealth that comes with it, poor neighborhoods like East San Jose have some of the highest inequities in the Bay Area. Low-income kids in Santa Clara County are 60 percent more likely to be overweight compared their peers. Heart disease and diabetes are also growing problems, with large disparities among the county’s low-income and non-white residents.

Jamie Chen, organizing director with La Mesa Verde, says many families seek out their garden programs precisely because they have health issues, including diabetes, obesity and cancer.

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