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Upscale Bexley, Ohio, one USA’s top 100 richest neighborhoods, to allow chickens

Urban chickens have caught on in other Ohio cities such as Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo

By Mike Bowersock
November 16, 2010


Bexley, which is home to Capital University, upscale retail and high culture, soon may be home to chickens — legally.

One area of the East Side suburb is ranked among the country’s top 100 richest neighborhoods — with a median family income of $322,000 dollars.

That same city likely will approve urban chicken farming.

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November 17, 2010   Comments Off

Clintonville man educates others about urban farming – Columbus, Ohio

Joseph Swain, right, operates Swainway Urban Farm on his Clintonville property. Sustainable Clintonville members recently toured the small farm.

“We call it food landscaping”

By Kevin Parks
May 19, 2010


In the opinion of Joseph Swain, fast food has had its day and it’s time for “slow food” to hold sway.

Swain is a farmer. He lives in Clintonville. On the Swainway Urban Farm.

If Swain had his way, most people would be, at least a little bit, farmers as well. And he’s willing to help people learn to start growing their own food “on whatever scale they want.”

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July 1, 2010   1 Comment

Urban farm movement is taking root in Akron, Ohio

akronUrban farming at Braddock Farms (Photo courtesy Susanna Meyer)

Training for local growers starts next month

By Denise Ellsworth
Special to the Beacon Journal
Feb 20, 2010


Thanks to enthusiasm and support from partners in the Summit Food Policy Coalition, a group started last year to address food access in Summit County, Akron is jumping on the urban farming band wagon. The Summit Urban Farming Initiative (SUFI), a seven-week training program, will begin in March at the Akron General Wellness Center in Bath Township.

The pilot program, co-sponsored by OSU Extension of Summit County, Akron’s Department of Planning and Urban Development and the Summit Food Policy Coalition, will be offered on Thursday evenings through April.

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February 21, 2010   Comments Off