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Create an urban farm

Joe Phillips

5 best things about having your own farm:

1. Farmer's tan no longer a figure of speech.
2. That cucumber in my salad? It came from right over there.
3. The goofy grins on the faces of neighbors.
4. Impress your friends at potlucks.
5. The goofy grins on the faces of neighbors.

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  • Teresa Tonai

    I've always shared my produce bounty with my neighbors and coworkers. It has encouraged others to grow their own veggies and share. I love that! Feeding your family is GOOD... feeding others too is BETTER.

  • John Barclay

    I was part of a group of urban farmers for two years. We did a lot with a number of backyard gardens, pooling resources and planning crops, sharing watering chores, etc. It worked very well, then I moved.

  • Todd Tyrtle

    For years I had good intentions of having a garden but even when when our family lived off the grid in the Missouri Ozarks we didn't have a garden. Why? I had never had one before and didn't know how.

    This year I decided to do something about it. I hit up all my friends and social media trying to find someone to help me get started container gardening in our apartment in downtown Toronto. Surprisingly, though, I didn't find anyone who could help. And then I had a revelation: I was wanting others to help to minimize my chances of failure and yet by *not* starting I was guaranteeing my failure to grow anything. And so off I went to get soil, plants, and containers.

    Was it successful? Yes. Were there failures? Absolutely. Overall it was a great success, though. I started with four containers on our relatively shady balcony but after a couple of weeks our landlord let us use a large garage roof behind our house and the garden grew to over 16 containers. I learned a ton, found some plants I want to grow more of (green chilli peppers grow amazingly on the roof and fresh greens are such a luxury to have), and others I don't think I'll grow again (fresh tomatoes are yummy but keeping them happy on the roof was next to imposible). In the end, though, I'm glad I quit waiting. I had a fantastic time and would've missed out on so much if I kept on waiting for the right time. So join in with me next year! You have all you need to get started already!

    • Mnbueno

      Thanks for this post! Fear has kept me from starting even though I believe growing a garden is one of the best activities anyone can ever do. I'm diving in next growing season.