Tuesday, July 21, 2009

URBAN FARMING GAINS STRENGTH

Culture Change - Will Allen is gaining national attention for Growing Power, a Milwaukee program that's growing food in the city for 10,000 urbanites (including schools and low-cost market baskets delivered to neighborhood drop off points); trains want-to-be growers in the ways of intensive farming on small plots; turns organic waste into rich soil; and employs local residents, including some from public-housing project.

In Seattle, a gardening twist on Match.com is expanding the reach of the urban-farming movement. Garden Share links homeowners with land available for planting with folks eager to grow food but lacking a place to do it.

. . . Another option for urban farming is the city's Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Program, which aims to "serve all citizens of Seattle with an emphasis on low-income and immigrant populations and youth." The p-patchers provide 7 to 10 tons of produce to food banks each year.

Additionally, the Seattle Market Gardens program provides veggie baskets to low-income neighborhoods. The produce comes from two community supported agriculture plots farmed by Seattle residents.