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Dallas combats food desert with new seedling farm to help grow your own

Dallas’ urban farming community is coming together to help combat a food desert in South Dallas by launching a source of low-cost plants for gardeners.

By Teresa Gubbins
Dallas Culture Map


“In fact, South Dallas is one of the largest food deserts in the country,” he says. “While there have been positive results with the many new urban farming and gardening efforts in recent years, there is still work to be done. The Seedling Farm aims to overcome some of the barriers to successful local agricultural production and help boost garden yield in South Dallas. It helps everyone in the urban farm system, facilitating others to grow their businesses.”

The Seedling Farm will be open year-round and will provide a variety of seasonal fruit and vegetable plants at a nominal cost, along with professional in-person advice. Community members — both individuals and groups — can participate via four steps: “meet, select, grow, and go.”

Meet with Seedling Farm manager Tyrone Day, an urban farm expert with a horticulture degree and more than 20 years of experience.

Select the best types of plants for the resident’s garden, with Day’s counsel.

The selected seeds will be grown at the farm until they have matured into young seedlings ready for planting.

The gardener picks up the plants at the MLK Center and raises them in his or her own garden.

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