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Hi everyone!

Let´s Collaborate together on this one:

Step 1- Are you interested in learning more about Urban Farms or can you share knowledge about them?
Step 2- Imagine and share with all of us how do you imagine your ideal Urban
Farm. What vegetables can you grow in your area? What activities would
you develop in this farm? How can this farm help your local community?

Imagine a world where in every city block we have a urban farm. A place to meet your neighbors, learn from the elder and the young, harvest
fresh organic produce, practice yoga and have potluck parties and dance
under the light of the moon!

What else can you do in this Urban Farm? Share your dreams!!!

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Comment by Ayala Sherbow on March 9, 2010 at 5:10am
Patricio, meet Crystal
Comment by Cian Gregory Accuardi Shelley on March 9, 2010 at 5:22am
in western Oregon fava beans are out best urban crop. we plant them off and on in all the beds as a cover crop. they fix nitrogen in the soil and under our walnut tree they thrive where our other crops fail. anyone who lives in the pacific northwest or a similarly rainy and temperate area should consider planting them.
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 9, 2010 at 6:03am
Hi Crystal!!! Nice to meet you, we should definitely work together!!! I think you have a lot of very good ideas, we should combine them!!!

Thanks so much for your input Cian!!! Fixing nitrogen is always challenging and it´s great that you found a solution. Please tell us more about your experience in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for sharing!!!
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 9, 2010 at 6:07am
And thanks Ayala for introducing us!!!!!!!
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 10, 2010 at 3:44am
I´m thinking of taking this vision to the next step. How far can we take together this idea? I think if in every urban farm a class of "how to start your own urban farm in your neighborhood" are taught and then that same class is taught in the next farms and so on, this urban farms can reproduce exponentially all over the Planet. Yeah big idea, but I like to dream big.

What else can we include? Urban farming, aquaponics as a base, but it can even go further yet It´s important to keep this in mind- All of this depends on the necessities of every area and also on what individuals can teach in every community. Perhaps there is someone who can teach Cla**** in cooking, CPR, Beekeeping, Arts, Crafts . . . It would be nice to have Book clubs, teaching how to read and write (for certain areas in certain countries) . . . Or will this be too much for an Urban Farm? Could this farms become some sort of Community Centers maintained by the local communities? . . . Just thinking out loud here . . .
Comment by Cian Gregory Accuardi Shelley on March 10, 2010 at 7:44am
i don't think it would be too much necessarily. using a farm as a community center is a great idea, because it involves food which everyone likes and needs.
it will be hard to get the community backing at first, but i think that improvement of the community should probably be one of the main goals of any urban farm.
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 10, 2010 at 7:54am
I'm down! We've got a farm already, and are starting a project next month to build 35 more across town. We'll be recording the wh*** process, as we will step by step build it at our location and then allow each participating organization a chance to go to their sites and implement that step. By the end, we'll have a strong network of community gardens and urban farms that know what kind of work it takes to build and maintain them...
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 10, 2010 at 8:17am
35 more farms!!!!! Wow!!!! That´s INCREDIBLE!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!! AMAZING!!!!!! I need to learn more words to express happiness, lol CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
Comment by Sayel Cortes on March 10, 2010 at 8:18am
This is an awesome project! I would suggest (even if it´s maybe too obvious) to include composting in the urban farms. Organic waste is a huge problem in cities that can easily been transformed into a great input for farming! I did this in my roof for years using earthworms working only 30-60min per week (I even thought a couple of workshops about lombricompost for urban lazy people hehehe)

By the way I also believe using urban farms as the first step of community center is a great idea since community institutions should help to solve the needs of the community and food is certainly one of the most basic ones!
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 10, 2010 at 8:36am
I just made a video on composting today and yesterday: My new video!

Now I gotta make one on worms though! We did a workshop on it in December, my bin is almost full of castings. I used the leachate tea in the bottom of it in my garden over the weekend.

Worms are the best!

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