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Florida: Urban farming takes root in New Port Richey front yards

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“That’s Broccoli George’s. He started his in 2010,”

Laura Reiley
Tampa Bay Times
Mar 23, 2017
(Must see. Mike)


At 5705 Virginia: “This one has only been here a year. It’s my ex-wife’s house,” he said. When he leaves in May, he plants a cover crop of black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes, and “when I come home in October, sometimes I come back to 2,000 pounds of sweet potatoes.”

In broad daylight and right in the front yard, something is happening in New Port Richey. The New Urbanism movement has taken hold and urban agriculture is flourishing.

Kovaleski thinks it’s because New Port Richey has cheap land, low taxes, free compost, an urban agriculture ordinance and a free-to-vendors, year-round farmers market — a formula he thinks is perfect for attracting the growing number of people interested in urban farming.

On the other hand, it could be just because of Jim Kovaleski.

Read the complete article here.