03 Mar '12, 10am

Turning Vacant Lots into Profitable Urban Farms in Minnesota

Turning Vacant Lots into Profitable Urban Farms in Minnesota

The rise of urban gardening has been a major theme on TreeHugger in the past few years, and efforts to bring fresh and local produce to city dwellers have become sophisticated and ambitious. In Minnesota, a group of young adults is taking abandoned lots around the Twin Cities and converting them into vibrant, profitable micro-farms. Full Disclosure: Alex and Emily of Stone's Throw are friends of mine from college. © Stone's Throw Urban Farm Stone's Throw Urban Farm is a combination of three separate urban farming initiatives. Several of the seven farmers have experience working in rural areas, but wanted to try it out in the city, where the supply of fresh produce is limited and expensive. They began by biking around Minneapolis and St Paul to find vacant lots, pitching the idea of planting crops to their owners. They're currently working on 18 farms, growing more than 30 ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/stones-throw-urban-f...

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