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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 November 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

Portland State University to Study Sustainability

By Vanessa Richins

As an interest in the environment (and the pocketbook) grows, more people are interested in sustainable living.

Portland State University wants to use a recent grant to become a leader in the field.

PSU was the lucky recipient of a $25 million dollar grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, with the condition that it be used to benefit the entire city.

The university will need to raise an additional $25 million for the project to match the donation. The grant will be distributed over the course of a decade.

Now the university has the tough job of deciding Read the rest of this entry »

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