Farmers for Hire: New Trend in Urban Gardening

By Charlie Nardozzi

In hard economic times everyone wants to cut costs. While growing your own food can save money and produce fresh, healthy vegetables in your own yard, it does take time and expertise. People in cities are particularly hard-pressed to grow their own food since few have the skills and land to start a large vegetable garden. However, there is a new solution.

Across the country experienced urban gardeners are offering a service called farmers for hire. For a fee, these urban agricultural entrepreneurs will come into your yard, assess the site for sun, soil, and space, and design, plant, and even maintain a vegetable garden for you. Even in densely settled urban areas, there's room to grow lots of produce. In cities such as San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Charlotte, North Carolina, professional urban gardeners are offering this service with an overwhelming response. One group charges $800 to $1200 to install the garden then comes back weekly to weed, water, and even harvest the produce for you. All you have to do is eat it!

For more information on this new trend in urban farming, go to: USA Today.

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