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Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 7:00 pm

Most city folk have no business wearing a pair of overalls or handling a scythe. But some are anxious to try.

As the demand for locally grown food continues to rise nationwide, a few city dwellers are responding by tilling the soil in vacant lots, empty fields, rooftops and other innovative spaces. It’s called urban farming — the growing and harvesting of food in a city that is intended for sale — and it’s taking off, little by little.

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3 comments:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:06 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1678

    Sure makes having a few chickens in one's backyard as a source of sustainable eggs seem like a reasonable thing to do.

     
  • Poki Piottin posted at 6:12 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    Poki Posts: 2

    A point of clarification.... Gaia Gardens the organization leases the land that the farm operates on. The property owner was cited for building code violations, NOT Gaia Gardens. Gaia Gardens was cited for using groups of volunteers and welcoming school groups for field trips, activities in conflict with the current Home Occupation ordinance regulating a business in a residential neighborhood. Las Cruces, our neighbor to the South, is moving forward with an urban agriculture ordinance (see details here: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=98e95bce4e8a08da7d6f23b9c&id=b5b02e3b4b&e=[UNIQID]). Most major cities in the United States have already passed urban agriculture ordinances as sustainability has moved up the municipal agenda and cities have begun to take an interest in urban agriculture as a way to promote health, to support economic and community development, and to improve the urban environment. Please write your City Councilors and ask them to support a new urban agriculture policy to help foster resilient and regenerative neighborhoods.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:13 am on Sun, Jun 29, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 873

    My View: The scarcity of, and the price of, water in Santa Fe makes urban farming all but impossible.

     

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