Ones to Watch: The Urban Farming Guys

And you thought you'd made a real sacrifice when you started carrying a refillable travel mug instead of using and throwing away Styrofoam coffee cups.

The Urban Farming Guys are a band of about 20 families who consciously traded their peaceful suburban homesteads for one of Kansas City's worst neighborhoods. The tribe scooped up homes within five blocks of one another and recently acquired nine adjacent, vacant lots (with more on the horizon) onto which they're imposing crops for organic gardening designed to feed the community.

Like the sound of all that? These guys are definitely worth following and getting involved with. Learn more about their projects and how you can lend a hand here.

Many thanks to Pablo Patino for this news tip.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.