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Somerville's first urban farm is ready to grow

Posted by Matt Byrne  April 26, 2012 10:04 AM

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Volunteers toil for their vegetables at Somerville's first urban farm, located on South Street, and organized by Groundwork Somerville.

After Somerville rolled out a plan to promote urban agriculture, some green-thumbed volunteers pitched in to raise the city's first urban farm Saturday.

About 40 turned out to build raised wooden garden beds and ready soil for planting at Groundwork Somerville's South Street Farm. While separate from a city initiative called "Lets Grow Somerville," Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone visited the site, and lauded the group's work, Groundwork Somerville said in a statement.

"We’re not just talking about community gardens here, but other food production options that lend themselves to the urban environment,’’ Curtatone had said previously. “Support for urban agriculture helps our residents obtain fresher, healthier food as well as helping them control where their food comes from and how it is produced."

Vegetables from the growing operation will be sold at farmer's markets, including at Union Square and the Mystic Mobile Market. The city initiative will help expand allowable growing practices within city limits, to help people interested in sustainable food and urban farming.


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