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  1. Aussie.Ker.In.NYC September 11, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Fantastic work guys! An enterprising and positive contribution to the city.

  2. bennettwilson October 2, 2013 at 11:23 am

    No seeds from Monsanto, Cargil, or any other GMO producer are ever used in any of our urban agriculture projectss. They are not sustainable products. Most of our seeds come from Johnny’s Seeds and the rest we save or get from other farmers.

    The beds were made of untreated douglas fir. This was a cost saving measure as we had no long term lease agreement with the church. We have since had to move the farm and some of the wood had been repurposed for raised beds in other projects with success. Cedar is by far the best way to go if you have the money and a long enough timeline to justify the investment. With douglas fir, you are looking at about 5 years before they rot, but about 25% the cost of cedar. We have also had good success with old floor joists that are 3″ x 8″ untreated douglas fir and the will hold up much better than the 2x6s you get at home depot.

  3. naturalfarmer January 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    which seeds are used? Monsanto?

  4. Tricia Kauffman January 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

    We are now living our dream on a 10.83 acre homestead, so we are not urbanites, but I would love to copy your plan. Can you give specifics on materials you used to make the raised beds? I would think that anything but treated lumber or cedar would not last long, but treated lumber would negate the 100% organic concept, and from what I can tell in the photos, it doesn’t appear to be cedar (not to mention, cedar would be cost prohibative). Also, what soil did you initially use to fill the beds? I currently compost, and have horses and chickens for manure, but it definitely would not be enough to add to our soil as an amendment for the number of beds I want. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me! And thanks, also, for providing such a wonderful example and service to your community!

  5. fineartmarcella January 5, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I like how tall the raised beds are making it easier to reach and easier for old backs like mine! I’ve thought about doing this with cinder blocks for a longer lifespan. Being built on this court gives the walking path a ‘nonmuddy’ work area. Great work and thank you for sharing!!!

  6. SYLVIA BROCKWELL January 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

    what wood do u use for the walls for the raised beds?

  7. drada dobluth June 30, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Did the “Harvard” economist ever think about what the extra 400+ people per high rise apartment were going to eat and how they were going to supply it? There is a special place for people like him.