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Florida Matters: Backyard Agriculture

More and more these days, farms are coming to the city. Laws have been changing around the state that make it easier for suburban homeowners to dabble in backyard agriculture. We're taking a look at this "do-it-yourself" food movement, from growing your own veggies, to raising your own chickens.

People are finding new sources of income by selling their fresh eggs or local honey. There's also a demand for hydroponic growing systems and a demand for the know-how to grow food successfully.


Stephen GranUniversity of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Hillsborough County Extension Director
Georgia KeriazesPied Piper's Farms

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