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Toledo, Ohio: Glass City Goat Gals show how to pave the way for urban farming

Rudi Petruziello, 6, of Columbus, feeds a few of the goats Saturday during a tour of Glass City Goat Gals, which is part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

Ms. Harris has nine goats on the land, and rents them out for grazing

By Jay Skebba
The Blade
Sept. 2, 2017

Excerpt:

Ms. Harris has spent seven years transforming an area that once consisted of 15 abandoned homes — before the Lucas County Land Bank tore them down — into an urban farm on Mentor Drive promoting wellness, healthy eating, and environmental sustainability.

Ms. Harris bought several plots of land for $100 each.

“What I saw when I came out was property that was abandoned, and it was depressing,” Ms. Harris said. “They tore down one home, and from that one home, the vision was birthed to do something with this property.”

“We build together; it’s not just me,” Ms. Harris said. “We can teach the community they are deserving of being successful. Everyone kept saying I was crazy to do a goat farm, but I think it was a perfect fit for this community.”

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