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Column: COVID fuels urban barns and rooftop farming

San Diego has launched a new Urban Farmer Website on June 15th. City administrators predicted a new found interest in Urban farming based on Covid19. Residents in the city are being asked to shelter in place and limit grocery trips. Permits are not required to raise hens or pygmy goats and San Diego Chicken exchange groups have hit Facebook. There are very few people complaining and you can even keep up to two bee hives at your place. Many other farmers, who are not raising animals grow crops! Tower Gardens are popular and people grow herbs, leafy vegetables and other vegetables.

Key Takeaways:

  • San Diego has created a new website for urban farmers in the area.
  • With the pandemic, urban farming has become more popular than ever, but up to now there has been no tracking system.
  • Urban farmers can grow animals like chickens or goats, or take advantage of rooftops to grow vegetables.

“They grow a variety of herbs; leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, collards and Swiss chard, and non-root vegetables, including tomatoes, aeroponically in vertical towers.”

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