Virginia Beach urban farmer maximizes ‘Nottalotta’ space to provide fresh veggies

Posted on Feb 24 2017 - 9:10pm by UOG


“Since the farm opened for business last February using a small plot of land owned by a family friend, Gerber has expanded the farm to two additional plots owned by neighbors. Getting started was no easy task, Gerber said. Because much of the land was covered in a thick layer of clay, which hindered plants from taking root, Gerber and her farming partner Art Amorese had to bring in loads of compost and horse manure to make the area more fertile.”

The work hasn’t stopped there. According to Gerber, tending the farm is a full-time job.

“I work on the farm seven days a week, even through the winter,” she said. “Because of the amount of time and work that goes in to growing each plant, I treat them like my babies. We’re a small farm, so losing just one plant is a very big devastation for me.”

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