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Urban farm grows with permaculture

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/02/09 @ 1:39pm

For the last three summers Gather 'round Farm found the simplest way to grow food is right over asphalt. Forget the jackhammer, this parking lot turned farm in front of Appleseed daycare center on Lorain and W. 39th Street got a facelift with a two-foot layer of wood chips and leaves. Proprietress Meagan Kresge is still building the soil with compost from local sources, enriching it for her tomatoes, potatoes and the like. She built a coop to raise chickens and shares space with herb farm, The Thymekeepers. All on a half-acre plot in the heart of Ohio City.

Like many three year olds, Gather 'round is finding its legs ? selling fresh edibles to Farmshare Ohio, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business which sells share of locally grown food to Forest City employees. And they're committed to the 'permaculture' philosophy that defines asphalt gardening with a daisy chain of rain barrels for irrigation and a newly dug rain garden for more lovely wildflowers.

"It's a garden transforming," Gather 'round states on its web site. "There's veggies, flowers, children learning, people sharing, chickens entertaining, green things growing, nature and earth breathing life. We invite you to do the same, and enjoy the coming season's surprises and colors!"

We visited on a recent urban farm tour and took a few snapshots of what's going right at Gather 'round.

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