THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE – Salt Lake County wants to put dozens of future parks and unused government properties to use by opening them to community gardening, commercial farming and biofuel production. The so-called urban-farming effort targets more than 30 properties that will be put up for lease to residents interested in uprooting weeds and replacing them with crops. It marks a return to the Wasatch Front’s agrarian past and, according to County Councilman Jim Bradley, will put public turf to good use without much cost to the county. Program manager Julie Peck-Dabling says creative methods allow for diverse crops and effective farming even without thousands of open acres. She is calling on residents to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to weigh in on the county plan.
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