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Urban Farming: Growing Food in the City

A growing number of urban farmers are finding that they don’t have to choose between the penthouse views and the land spreading out so far and wide. They’re creating green acres right where they are.



The Garden of Eatin at 25th and Dickinson in south Philadelphia thrives near a decaying elevated railroad track where drugs are openly exchanged. A group of neighbors grow kale, cotton, black-eyed peas, okra, corn, lima beans, sweet potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, and blackberries, as well as roses, calla lillies, and an occasional Christmas tree.
Photo by Michael Ableman
Kids from the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts, California, share in the harvest, some of them tasting freshly picked produce for the first time in their lives. The market garden, installed by the Center For Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens (805-967-7369, www.fairviewgardens.org), was established to provide jobs and food to the local community.
Photo by Michael Ableman
Kids from the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts, California, share in the harvest, some of them tasting freshly picked produce for the first time in their lives. The market garden, installed by the Center For Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens (805-967-7369, www.fairviewgardens.org), was established to provide jobs and food to the local community.
Photo by Joe Coca





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