Urban Farm Update: City Crackdown Won’t Affect Cherrywood Neighborhood Farm

Rules for commercial farms in city don’t apply to nonprofits

Urban Patchwork Farm members in Cherrywood have put two more plots into production using water-efficient hugelkultur planting methods. Crops include tomatoes, green beans and quinoa, each surely adding to the bounty at distributions later in the season.

As urban farming grows, so does the attention the public directs at it. A recent incident involving an Eastside farm running afoul of city rules raised concerns that the Cherrywood farm might be subject to new restrictions. However, according to Urban Patchwork director Paige Hill, the issues with the other farm were commercial and would have no bearing on a nonprofit farm such as the one in our neighborhood.

For more information, contact Terry Dyke at , or visit www.urbanpatchwork.org.

Cherrywood Farm, May 2013

Cherrywood Farm, May 2013. For more photos of the farm visit Flickr.


About Terry Dyke

I live in the old yellow house on Robinson with Marilyn Fenn, my wonderful and talented wife. A Cherrywood citizen since 2002, I've enjoyed neighborhood life, helping organize Film Night, instigating our neighborhood urban farm, and more recently, joining the CNA Steering Committee. I'm interested in energy and climate issues, and local resilience as a response to them. I also write about them on my blog.

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