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City Residents Combat Tough Economic Times With Urban Farms

January 19, 2011 by  

City residents combat tough economic times with urban farmsMany Americans have turned to the practice of urban farming to achieve self-sufficiency amidst a struggling economy, rising inflation costs and unsanitary food manufacturing that has led to a flurry of product recalls.

The urban farming movement has expanded significantly in the last several years. According to UrbanFarming.org, the initiative that began with three gardens in 2005 has flourished into more than 800 gardens in approximately 30 cities throughout the United States. Aside from the health and fiscal benefits, many city dwellers are embracing the joys of a new hobby.

According to a recent report by NPR, Novella Carpenter of Oakland, Calif., is raising her own goats. Carpenter, who is a writer by trade, said that she takes great pride in her livestock, which she called "pets with benefits."

"Their milk is so good and then it makes really, really creamy yummy cheese too," Carpenter told the media outlet.

Holly Burke, who served as a judge at the recent All American Dairy Goat Show in Texas, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that goats offer many benefits for farmers, such as their tendency to consume unwanted weeds and shrubs. Burke also said that they are economical and fun to raise, and they require much less space than larger livestock.

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