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City of Toledo, Ohio offers vacant lot to urban farmer

Thomas Jackson cleans up a pile of wood chips, branches, and tree stumps in an attempt to beautify the neighborhood around his Milburn Avenue home in Toledo.

The site is OK for mulch, not growing

By Tom Troy
The Blade
Feb 17, 2017


Mr. Jackson said city officials are trying to work with him, and have suggested two other sites to place the wood chips. He said the Bancroft Street site is covered with concrete, so he would be able to compost there, but not grow vegetables.

“There’s definitely negotiations going on. I have a letter from economic development stating that they are working with me to get a new site,” Mr. Jackson said.

“But the site has some remediation issues. It has some contaminants. I was expecting them to remove the concrete and dig out the contaminants. They didn’t have the money. They wanted me to work above the concrete,” he said.

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