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Urban farming sustainable city living in your backyard in your community and in the world 1. If you have no outside space, and few windows to boot, fear not.
There are still two good options for aspiring urban farmers. The first is a plot at a community garden.
The American Community Gardening Association maintains a database of community gardens throughout the United States and Canada searchable by zip code. Community gardens are great places to meet neighbors, and often more experienced farmers. Plots can often be rented out seasonally for nominal fees or a commitment to volunteer.
The other option is the undemanding world of sprouts, shoots, and microgreens. Shoots are sprouts with edible stems left to grow a little bit longer in soil or a soil substitute. Microgreens are essentially the same thing, but with leafy plants, like arugula, lettuce, or chard. Nothing beats the trio for speed. They can also be cultivated year-round, and an added bonus for shoots and microgreens is that they can be grown under artificial light. The Growing Edge magazine has a nice overview on them here. Thomas Fox is a full-time writer, part-time gardener, and sometime urban farmer.
He resides offline in New Jersey, and online at www.
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