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The Farm On Ogden – New Frontiers In Sustainable Farming

Touch the Soil News #1143 (Feature photo – Chicago Botanic Gardens – Public Domain) While it is hard to imagine any agricultural venture competing with industrial agriculture, one should not – in the long run – underestimate the power of non-profit food enterprises. Called the Farm on Ogden, this new approach and new facility brings much larger participation and focus than non-profit food enterprises of the past. In addition to food production, the venture equally focuses on health, food preparation, local and jobs. It is no surprise that this is not a Wall-Street venture. The venture is a collaboration of the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Lawndale Christian Health Center.…

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Could This Happen in America?

Touch the Soil News #698 (photo courtesy of FOLO Farms) There is little question that market gardening is not economically and financially easy. Like everything else, it takes determination at really being efficient in every move the urban farmer makes. The story we are about to share has a rather unusual beginning. Two years ago in the country of Malaysia six families came together spontaneously for a common mission – grow organic and nutritionally packed food for our loved ones. The FOLO farm (Food for Our Loved Ones) was born. Malaysia is a Southeast Asian nation of 31.5 million people. Given the synergies of the six families, things began to…

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A Domino Effect

Touch the Soil News #289 Food and farming has become a domain of a growing number of non-profits. A recent story by Melanie Whyte of Arizona State University reveals just how far non-profit expressions of food and agriculture can go.   Domino #1 The city of Phoenix did a self-assessment and found that 43 percent of the total land in Phoenix was in vacant lots. The city helped form a coalition of local businesses and non-profits known as PHX Renews. PHX Renews began as a 15-acre project that embraces urban agriculture and other beautification projects. The ultimate goal is to find uses that are functional (urban food) and beautifying of…

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