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garlic growing in a raised bed in March 2022

Perseverance and patience grow an urban farm in West Pullman

On a warm spring day with four varieties of garlic just beginning to poke out of the ground, Natasha Nicholes, urban farmer and Chicago native, describes her vision for the corner of 120th and Union. “The original site here on northwest corner will be a community gathering and learning space which...
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Pereira record keeping in the field c. 1990. Electronic and paper-based records.

Good Records. Confident Decisions. No Regrets.*

Living on the edge. Hustling. Working dawn to dusk, sunup to sundown, or 24-7. Nearly every farmer uses these words to describe their life. This endless work is not surprising given that farmers must be experts in growing crops, post-harvest handling, food safety, staff management, marketing, and...
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Path through prairie grass

Creating a vision for your urban agriculture project

Your vision is what you want your world to look like in the future. Businesses or projects are created to change the future by creating a product or filling a service gap. Getting clear about what you want to change helps you to plan your business, run your business, and...
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