• Lynn Costa

Studio IV Blog #8: Different Ways to Urban Garden

This week we look at different ways to set up an urban garden, aka, how to garden in small spaces. There's a variety of methods... No one way is more or less right than other ways, in my opinion. It's whatever works for you, your space, your goals, your budget and what you want to grow. Below are some different businesses and organizations in the Dallas area that are beating to their own farming drum.

Get Out Of Jail... Go Eat An Organic Salad

Bonton Farms is a community based farming project with several farms located in Texas, which includes an extension farm in the Dallas area. Bonton farms grows organic fruits, vegetables, and also livestock. There are paid staffers, but it also relies on volunteers to help with farming duties. Its mission is to provide local access to healthy, nutritional food to those recently released from prison, the homeless and food insecure populations. What a great outreach program.

Eve Would Want You To Eat These Apples

Eden's Garden is basically a farm started by a lady who has a passion for healthy, clean gardening. She does a variety of gardening methods but mostly does soil based. She also has a public space where other organic growers can come and sell their produce to the community. She also teaches those interested how to organically farm for themselves.

Come Back From War, Go To (Holistic) Therapy

Farm Vet is a two acre park dedicated to the support of military veterans. Farm Vet uses farming as a holistic therapy for those recovering from traumatic stresses. It emphasizes the relief one feels when in contact with the earth. It also employs an internship program and workshops to teach veterans how to grow their own food to become food secure.

Aquaponic Farming Meets Uber Eats

DFW Aquaponic Farms grows hydroponic foods and has a food service that will deliver its customers a hydroponically grown salad once a week for $10. It also boasts a farmer's market on Saturdays and classes to learn how to hydroponically grow at home.

Well I guess Ken Marold's Studio IV class wasn't the first to think of putting a vertical farm in Deep Ellum...

According to the Dallas Observer, 3014 Commerce Street (like right next to our site at 2642 Main Street) is home to a vertical farm called Vertical Life Farms. They provide the area with fresh, organic, hydroponically grown produce and also sell vertical systems for home and industrial use. I better make an eye appointment because I suuuure didn't see that while down there...

Some Farmers Are Making The Transition...

Big Tex Urban recently transitioned from soil gardening to a hydroponic system. They realized the efficiency in production over traditional soil farming and the benefits of it not mattering if it's too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry outside.

So the moral of the story this week: Urban farming, whether it's in an urban setting such as a park, or in your kitchen, or in a bunker 100 feet underground hosts many benefits for those involved in either the process or consumption. Whether it's for food, health, holistic therapy, or medicinal use, everyone can personally reap the benefits of growing clean, healthful food that's right at their fingertips.

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