Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Is Urban Farming Possible? You Betcha!

Headline: "In a steel mill's shadow, sustainable agriculture blooms in Braddock" . In the middle of a city, an area the size of a football field is thriving with veggies, flowers, and small fruits.

This ain't your grandma's vegetable garden, honey.

It's a real-life mini urban farm that feeds and employs the people of Braddock, PA. Not only that, it's part of a larger project called Grow Pittsburgh whose mission is: "to model, teach, and facilitate sustainable urban agriculture within the Pittsburgh region."

If a big city like Pittsburgh can do, why can't small to medium towns and cities all over the country start producing more of their own food? I think we would see a return to community, that old-fashioned neighborly-ness that our grandparents used to know. Local businesses would have more of an edge against the huge corporations. We might all be a little bit healthier from all that fresh eatin' too.

Just some food for thought.

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