Archive for March, 2015

Michigan Loses ‘Right To Farm’ This Week: A Farewell To Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers

I am not sure that right to farm laws should necessarily apply in urban and suburban settings, typically these uses are “grandfathered” as non-conforming uses and allowed to continue as long as they are not discontinued for a specific time period (In Nebraska that is at least 12 months).  What I find truly offensive about this is that the Farm Bureau supported the findings.  To me that would indicate that they have no real use for the small farmer, hobby farmer, or anyone that is not involved in full blown production agriculture.  Maybe they should change their name to the Factory Farm Bureau.  They seem to have this same attitude in Nebraska.

 

 

Michigan Loses ‘Right To Farm’ This Week: A Farewell To Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers.

Urban Gardens Matter | Garden Walk Garden Talk

Urban Gardens Matter | Garden Walk Garden Talk. This is an interesting site.

Why Almost Everyone Is Wrong About Tilling | Off The Grid News

Why Almost Everyone Is Wrong About Tilling | Off The Grid News.  Have to keep this in mind.

Food and Maslow

Food and Maslow.  Posted on our Facebook Page.  Chad wrote this in 2014

This is Urban Ag!

Paperwork signed, earnest money down, utilities switched and we have keys

March 20, 2015 the first day of spring we planted our urban farm. It isn’t ours yet but we do have possession of it and as they say possession is 9/10ths.

Chad’s parents walked through the house and looked over the property that same afternoon. Kurt (Chad’s brother) and his son Harrison were in town too so they got the tour.

House KeyNow the work of cleaning and prepping to move in begins. We will be moving loads of stuff every time we go over and packing in between.

Exciting times.

The bank says yes, now we just need to get the approvals for the rezoning, subdivision and annexation.

If you are looking for a nice 3 bedroom 3 bath house in north central Grand Island we will have one for sale.

Property Pins are in Place.

This could be happening.  The Registered Land Surveyor has been out on the property and and has placed the pins.

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About GI Acres CSA

GI Acres is located on the western edge of Grand Island, Nebraska. The garden takes up about half of an acre. We also have chickens, rabbits and bees

Our farm is not USDA Certified Organic and we do not anticipate applying for such status. We strive to produce healthy vegetables using natural methods of fertilizing, building soil, and controlling pests such as insects and weeds. Those healthy vegetables will begin in mid to late May with herbs, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. During the season you can expect a variety of greens, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and potatoes along with tips about how to cook and preserve your weekly share. The season will conclude in late September or early October. We aim for a 20-week season.

We did not grow up on farms but we did grow up in families with large gardens, eating a variety of fresh produce and canning/freezing the excess. We have maintained the tradition of growing and preserving food for our family for the past 20+ years. GI Acres is our attempt to share that passion for good food with our community.