Category Archives: Urban Farming

The New Normal

The phrase “the new normal” usually has all the cheer of a dark, grey storm cloud with it’s reference to sluggish GDP growth, wage stagnation and growing wealth inequality, but there is another new normal that is happening parallel to … Continue reading

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Finally Spring – Garden Update

The average last frost date for this area has come and gone and the lowest nighttime temp forecast through the end of the month is 41.  I think spring is finally here to stay! The French Breakfast Radishes are speeding … Continue reading

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Farmin’ the Front

For years I have been sporting an agricultural mullet – suburban-nice in the front and a garden-party in the back, but no more. Yesterday I ripped out the low growing juniper bush that was taking up half of the space … Continue reading

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Making Lemonade

Unless I take the time to carefully pluck them out, one by one, before taking a garden pic, you have probably noticed the indecent number of pine needles lurking in the background of EVERY PHOTO I TAKE! Once upon a … Continue reading

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Paradigm Shift

I sometimes forget the prevailing notions people have related to growing food.  The most common mental images seem to center around long hours of back breaking labor spent tilling, planting, hoeing and weeding. I am quickly reminded of the current … Continue reading

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Batting 500

I have two spring perennials that required a 2 year latency before the first harvest: Last night I harvested my first two spears of asparagus, one each of Jersey Knight and Purple Passion. But my morel boxes… only contain mulch … Continue reading

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Then There Was One

This morning I did my final pass thinning the tomatoes, peppers, collards, cabbage and kale down to a single plant in each starter cup and then I crossed my fingers that no fungi or pests find my singletons between now … Continue reading

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Urban Growing – By The Numbers

200% – the increase in households participating in community gardens from 2008 to 2013 35% – the number of households growing food at home or in a community garden 88% – the number of people that do not garden but … Continue reading

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Don’t Blink

During the past week of business travel my indoor plant starts have grown with the vigor of youth into a verdant and slightly unruly bunch of tweens. The tomatoes from my saved seed are particularly in need of thinning.  I … Continue reading

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Fired Up For Summer

I know it’s a bit early to be thinking about summer and fresh from the garden salsa, but the recipe below for Fire-Roasted (Cherry) Tomato Salsa from the very entertaining Chef John Mitzewich (Food Wishes) sent me back to my … Continue reading

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Will Work For Food

The phrases urban agriculture and urban farming answer the where and the what, but not necessarily the why of food production.  Some urban growers are producing for personal use (which could include sharing their excess bounty with friends, neighbors and … Continue reading

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City Farm

“What if we ingeniously enriched that vacant land with waste wood products, waste food products and had a rich farm, employed local people to produce the healthy foods that community needs?” – Ken Dunn, founder of Resource Center and City … Continue reading

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Hello, My Name Is…

This year will be my fifth year as an urban food grower.  It will also be my fifth attempt to create plant markers that are still legible at the end of a growing season.  With 52 varieties of annuals planned … Continue reading

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Countdown to Garden 2016

Even before presents are unwrapped, the countdown is on with less than a month to go before indoor starts of cabbage, leeks and rosemary get going in the first part of January with peppers (hot and bell) just behind. So … Continue reading

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December Morning on the (Urban) Farm

Some keep the Sabbath going to the Church I keep it, staying at Home With a Bobolink for a Chorister And an Orchard, for a Dome Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice I just wear my Wings And instead of … Continue reading

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