Urban & Community Conservation

New Hampshire CD offers technical assistance to community-based farms

By Kerry Rickrode The Hillsborough County Conservation District (HCCD) serves the most populous county in New Hampshire and several refugee resettlements. Recently, HCCD launched a new initiative to provide technical assistance to these new Americans, who want to grow their own food, but aren't familiar with farming in colder climates or urban settings. [caption id="attachment_10879" align="alignright"…… Continue reading →

Conservation district interns bring technical assistance to urban Colorado

By Jesse Soule  Dedicated to supporting agricultural producers in any way possible, the Jefferson Conservation District (JCD) in Colorado provides technical assistance and educational resources to a variety of urban farms, ranging from cut-flower production to animal husbandry, through its urban agriculture program. [caption id="attachment_10873" align="alignright" width="606"] JCD interns are pictured here assisting a local micro-farmer. The…… Continue reading →

Revitalizing an Alabama neighborhood through urban agriculture

Guest column by Holly Lynne Killian  [caption id="attachment_9673" align="alignright" width="415"] Community leader and “Revitalizing Hillman” Project Coordinator Virginia Ward at the Bessemer Farmers Market.[/caption] In the southwestern part of Birmingham, Alabama, lies a seasonal high tunnel (also known as a hoop house) overflowing with fresh vegetables. Located in the neighborhood of Hillman, the high tunnel…… Continue reading →

Growing an urban farming community with microgreens

By Lindsey Carver and Tonya Taylor [caption id="attachment_9448" align="alignright" width="262"] Purdue stands inside her CropBox, a turn-key agricultural system capable of growing the equivalent of an acre of field grown crops within a 320-square foot footprint.[/caption] Hydroponic producer Tami Purdue grows a long list of microgreen crops, but that's not all she grows. Purdue also helped…… Continue reading →

Washington state CD builds community with a garden

Guest column by Valerie Vissia Living and working in a small community is not always what you might imagine. Even after living in the same small town for 17 years, and working for the local conservation district for two, I still feel like a bit of a "newbie." [caption id="attachment_9062" align="alignright" width="461"] A rendering of the…… Continue reading →

Tomatoes: The Secret Recipe

By Lilias Pettit-Scott What would you say if I told you the secret to growing amazing tomatoes involves fish heads? About six years ago, I was working at Love Apple Farm in Santa Cruz, California, with farmer Cynthia Sandberg, an expert of the pommes d'amour (the French refer to a tomato as the love apple).…… Continue reading →

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