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jrd1964
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Urban Farming

Postby jrd1964 » 11 May 2018 02:31

The man, and the amazing, unlikely story that led to the formation of Bonton Farms

https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/ ... n-babcock/

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Re: Urban Farming

Postby jrd1964 » 11 May 2018 03:05

A few years ago, after years of losing seasons, and not having the funds to keep it up, Paul Quinn College decided the football program needed to go. But instead of letting the field go fallow, the college made the yard lines a memory by making a produce garden out of it. The on-campus farm became one part of a plan to give students hands-on business experience, while helping them with their tuition. Since then, Paul Quinn has gone beyond just growing green for themselves and their students. A farmer's market now operates on the campus, with the college partnering with a firm that operates 2 other area farmer's markets. The college's market has attracted local, as well as out of town vendors. Now, area residents can avail themselves of fresh food, including that which grows at Paul Quinn, despite the surrounding neighborhoods being considered 'food deserts'.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/amp/show/o ... -transform
https://www.dallasnews.com/life/life/20 ... urned-farm

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Re: Urban Farming

Postby tamtagon » 11 May 2018 09:06

Paul Quinn College was almost gone. What a great come back.

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Re: Urban Farming

Postby itsjrd1964 » 19 Nov 2018 16:29

Today, the Bonton Farms organization takes on a new function, as the Market at Bonton Farms opens for business. There will be a cafe serving breakfast and lunch, the Market will sell fresh meats and produce as well as other items, also programs will be offered concerning healthy living. The Market is on the south end of Bexar Street, near the farm area.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... south.html

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Re: Urban Farming

Postby DPatel304 » 19 Nov 2018 16:43

^Very cool. I'm not as familiar with this part of the metroplex, but it's cool to see what they are doing there, and I might have to venture over there to check out the cafe.

I briefly looked at the article, but, when they say 'urban farm', they are just a standard farm close to the city, correct?

When I think 'urban farm', I think of farms that use other techniques/technology to grow produce (i.e. Hydroponics).

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Re: Urban Farming

Postby itsjrd1964 » 20 Nov 2018 00:11

DPatel304 wrote:I briefly looked at the article, but, when they say 'urban farm', they are just a standard farm close to the city, correct?


As far as I can tell, it is a traditional farm, just in an area that hasn't had anything more than backyard gardening, and an area that hasn't had a new grocery store since the now-former Minyard's by Fair Park.


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