Family’s Urban Farm has Flourished in the Middle of a Food Desert

Posted on Jan 16 2017 - 8:36pm by UOG


“Urban homesteaders Chanowk and Judith Yisrael, along with their nine children, have converted their yard and a neighboring lot into a half-acre farm consisting of a chicken coop, a small orchard producing everything from plums to goji berries, and gardens bursting with crops like Ethiopian kale, Swiss chard and collard greens. They’ve also taught themselves how to compost, cultivate seeds and make jams and soaps.”

Their mission began in 2008 when the family decided they wanted to improve their eating habits. They now source up to 90% of their diet from their own yard and their focus is to support the nearby 300,000 residents who are living in a food desert. “Urban farming is not just for food production,” Chanowk says. “It’s a community-building tool.”

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