Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Here goes an article in the DenverPost, Grow section, Walking the talk on turning turf into tomatoes Two urban farm pioneers tell you how. The article starts out like a pitch for Heather Flores book "Food not Lawns" (Check previous post). "Book sales are speeding up," she said. "Maybe it's because of the ecological crisis or maybe it's because of the nationwide awakening to taking a wrong turn a few years ago." Fortunately the article stops talking about book sales, and focuses on Nash Kipp from Community roots. I am Glad, Kipp mentions the "mud" factor here, "Gardeners need to be thoughtful and consider the fact that most vegetable gardens aren't beautiful and bountiful all year long. One of the big issues is the aesthetics of a front-yard garden and how to keep the yard in good shape in winter, when it's likely to be muddy". Its a pleasure to see the the garden grow from in these pictures and the video. (Check out the video found in previous post)

The second article, Garden takes root in barren yard CRUG borrows land for crops is about a neighbors experience with Kipp and his gang of CRUGs (Community Roots Urban Gardeners)

You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.

Community Roots is an innovative Neighborhood Supported Agriculture model in Boulder, Colorado, bringing local food production and distribution into urban settings. This 3 ½ year old urban farming project was created by farmer Kipp Nash, who has successfully converted 13 front and back yards, and church lawns into vegetable gardens for neighbors and CSA shareholders, with surplus for the Boulder Farmer’s Market and food for families in need - while creating increased community connections among neighbors at the same time.

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