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Grow a Farmer Fund: Nearly $100,000 Raised for Low-interest Loans to Farmers

Agricultural Innovation with John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul founded Waste Farmers with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security.


We can’t all be Noam Chomsky or Ayn Rand or Wendell Berry or Bingo Pajama,¹ but that doesn’t mean each and every one of us can’t get the hint. We need a new story. Maybe even a new myth. We need to rediscover imagination.

The Future of Urban Farming

Some sights in the neighborhood were so common that I had stopped noticing them; but then one day they came into view. While driving down Harold Street on the way to my cousin’s house, I noticed a vacant lot on my left and then, just a block down, I saw two large vacant lots on my right.

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  1. how do I apply, I have been working to move from hobby to a more commercial business. I raise dairy goat and am very busy at my local farm market… My products are popular and usually sell out. Examples are goat milk based Popsicles with fresh fruit, goat milk caramel Popsicles also goat yogurt Popsicles

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