Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Toronto Star Article on SPIN Farming in the west end & related links
SPIN – small plot intensive farming
...from the article published July 14th 2009
Nixon is part of the new wave of farming, called SPIN – small plot intensive farming – which is growing in cities across North America. Riding on the crest of the local food wave, SPIN is cashing in on a new eager market.
There are some surprising benefits to growing crops in the city, says the movement's leader, Wally Satzewich.
You can't turn a tractor in a tiny backyard, so there are fewer expensive start-up investments, for one. Then, there's the city's asphalt, which absorbs the sun's heat and makes us all sweat more on hot summer nights. But, for farmers, it means a longer growing season in the spring and fall. And there is the garden hose.
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