The city of Seattle is taking 7 acres of land and making an edible landscape out of it. Planting food producing trees and plants in a permaculture setting; persistent plants. I like the idea of it.
Just a fact, but do you know what the largest number of tilled acres is? And if your first guess is farms, that's wrong.
It's the median areas of highways and other roads. Wouldn't it be cool if the center of the freeway was corn. or melons. Or pumpkins. Or anything other than some ornamental grass or shrub?
Farm first, buy land later: Farm incubators
This works for other types of businesses, why not farming? Set up a farm, allow people to get their feet wet by growing some plants. Provide a farm stand where people can sell their stuff directly. Take some of the hard parts out of farming for the new farmers. Like that idea? Then read this article about a farmer incubator that's running north of Seattle.
Would you wait 5 years for a 10 square foot garden?
With thousands of acres of land FALLOW 10 miles away, 1,654 people are on a waiting list for 10'x10' garden plots - and there's just 54 of them available. We have thousands of acres of river bottom that is perfect farmland that isn't in use. Why?
These three articles are introducing a new blog that I read: Crosscut.com
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