Grow Local: Get Your CHGA Application In!

Quick reminder: The CHGA application is due this week.

If you have any interest in becoming an urban farmer, even on a small scale, enrolling in the City Harvest Growers Alliance could be the way to go. As Grid has mentioned before, this is a great program aimed at upstart urban gardeners. A recent Philly.com article talks about one participant in particular, Cindy Bly. With one of the smallest gardens in the program, she sells her produce to Weaver's Way in Mount Airy.

This summer, Bly, a dispatcher in SEPTA's track department, is selling her kale, collard greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplants to Weavers Way in Mount Airy. Every two weeks, the food co-op's refrigerated truck comes by to pick up the vegetables and drop off a check for $20 or so.

"It's not the money. I just love to do this," says Bly, 51, who also donates vegetables to her uncle's senior citizen complex.

Priority is given to experienced gardeners, but you don't have to know everything. Bly admits she had no idea how to keep pest away using organic means.

Click here for the application, and here for more information on the program.