Still more on urban farming


And here’s a NY Times blog post about urban farming, including that demonstration garden in front of City Hall in San Francisco that Amy first covered for us.

And here’s more from the determined Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International. This time he’s stepping up his lobbying of the next prez with a video, which includes footage of his own front-yard kitchen garden.


  1. That was a fabulous video. It would be great if our leaders inspired once more. We are devoting back yeard space to some raised beds. We really like the idea of self sufficient micro farming.

  2. There is another citizen-driven movement to relocalize food production, and it is being powered by SPIN-Farming. SPIN is a franchise-ready farming system that makes it possible to earn $50,000+ from a half acre. SPIN’s growing techniques are not, in themselves, breakthrough. What is novel is the way a SPIN farm business is run. SPIN provides everything you’d expect from a good franchise: a business plan, marketing advice, and a detailed day-to-day workflow. In standardizing the system and creating a reproducible process it really isn’t any different from McDonalds. By offering a non-technical, easy-to-understand and inexpensive-to-implement farming system, it allows many more people to farm commercially, wherever they live, as long as there are nearby markets to support them. By utlilizing backyards and front lawns and neighborhood lots as their land base, SPIN farmers are recasting farming as an entrepreneurially-driven small business in cities and towns and helping to make local food production econmically viable again. You can see some of them in action at

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