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West Oakland Moves Forward With Plan To Sell Urban Farming Plot To Former Black Panther

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2015. Welcome to West Oakland Farms, where former Black Panther Elaine Brown is helping ex-cons by giving them ownership in an urban farm.

Former Black Panther Elaine Brown wants to develop affordable housing and business opportunities for people who were formerly incarcerated.

By Scott Morris
Hoodline
June 28, 2017

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Brown, who headed the Black Panther Party from 1974 to 1977, began developing the 0.71-acre plot as an urban farm almost two years ago through her nonprofit, Oakland and the World Enterprises. In last night’s session, the council voted 6–0 to clear the way for the city administrator to sell the property.

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Farmers for hire turn backyards into vegetable patches

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This 2016 photo provided by The Organic Gardener shows a rooftop garden in Chicago, Ill. (The Organic Gardener via AP)

Urban farming services cater to both homes and businesses that want home-grown produce but not the work involved in growing it.

By Katherine Roth
Associated Press
Jun 28, 2017

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The Organic Gardener Ltd., the farmer-for-hire service she and her husband, Verd, started in the Chicago area in 2005, is one of many such services that have cropped up across the country. Some of these farmers have farming backgrounds, while others are landscapers who expanded their expertise, or entrepreneurs from a range of professional backgrounds who just love gardening and the outdoors.

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