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What do Portland, Detroit and Philadelphia all have in common? According to the Spring issue of Urban Farm, these cities are all paragons of an urban agriculture renaissance.
In an article on the conflux of the green space and urban agriculture movements, Urban Farm (downloadable at http://www.urbanfarmonline.com) prominently features Portland’s work to increase residents’ access to sustainable food. The piece highlights the work of local non-profit, Growing Gardens, who, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, have connected over 700 low income families with the tools, resources and mentorship needed to grow their own food.
This is the third issue of Urban Farm and its managing editor, Lisa Munniksma, says, "We've seen the urban gardening and sustainability movement ramping up in the past few years and there hasn't been a magazine for people who want to live self sufficiently, especially in the city and suburbs."
Chock full of ideas and stories, Urban Farm is a great resource for beginning or established urban farmers. Read about successful fruit gleaners, the philosophies of ecopsychotherapy and lawn reformists. Get tips on foraging, raising livestock, wine making, setting up a healthy yard-sharing partnership, creating low maintenance water systems and container gardens.
The fall issue of Urban Farm will be out on August 3. The magazine’s website hosts additional information, but the local food listings, however, are on the slim slide. The sole listing for Oregon CSA providers is a Seattle farm that doesn’t deliver to Oregon. But, don’t fret—you can check out our newly updated farmers market page, google map and all, for details on where to find local food any day of the week. Stay tuned for listings and a map of all Portland CSAs coming soon!