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Posted on 11 March 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

Need Garden Instruction? Rent-a-Farmer!

farmerBy Vanessa Richins

The urban garden movement is growing larger every day, as people find their food budget stretched and long for the taste of fresh foods.

In Ferndale, Michigan, Trevor Johnson runs the Ferndale’s Good Neighbors Garden, a community garden allowing people to rent out plots so they could grow their own fruits, vegetables and herbs.

He didn’t want to just stop there, however.

He knew there were homeowners with land, but no gardening experience.

“To that end, Johnson has started his own business called “Rent-a-Farmer,” which offers clients the chance to use the expertise of real farmers to help them grow fruits and vegetables in their back yards. “This is not about going back to the farm,” said Johnson, who graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in horticulture. ‘It’s about bringing the farm back to us.'”

What services can you get with “Rent-a-Farmer”? It’s all up Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 04 December 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

Suburban Farming in Boulder, CO

By Vanessa Richins

Kipp Nash lives in suburban Colorado, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a farmer.

As he explains on his website, “Believe it or not, we’re operating our Community Roots project from a rental home. We moved in in the fall of 2005 and this is where the whole idea started.

One day, looking out upon the back yard I thought about how we could grow veggies here in the backyard, and then we could find willing neighbors in our area to offer us their backyard for growing vegetables. If we could find enough backyards, maybe we could grow enough vegetables to sell at market to support ourselves financially. We could also start a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program right here in the neighborhood…YES!!!”

He was able to start farming in the yards of eight of his neighbors, and Boulder Community Roots Farm was born. Last year, on land totaling less than a half an acre between all plots, he was able to gross Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 30 August 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

CSA Farms: Another Option for Urban Gardeners

By Cindy Naas

If growing a few kinds of tomatoes, a couple of pepper plants and maybe herbs has inspired you to want to be involved in a larger farm, why not consider CSA, or community-supported agriculture?

It’s a great way for city dwellers to experience farm life and support farmers, too.

CSA is a way of spreading the risk of farming amongst a group of people, and of sharing the produce of the farm as well.

Members subscribe to each growing season, paying a set fee for a share of each week’s produce. In a good year, a subscriber might get several bags of fruit and veggies, but Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 31 July 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

The Rise of the Localvore (Eating Local)

By Vanessa Richins

As gas prices soar, raising the cost of food along the way, a new breed of enthusiasts has been born.

Dubbed ‘localvores,” these people strive to only eat food that has been grown or produced locally.

Where can you get local food?

Obviously, the first place you could try is your own backyard or patio. If you have the space, this is the absolute best way! You know exactly how your produce was grown.

If you don’t have the space, try your local farmers’ markets and stands. You could also try a CSA – a Community Supported Agriculture organization.

I belong to a food co-op. Once a month, I place an order for shares of food. For example, I can pay $23 and get 4 different kinds of Read the rest of this entry »


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