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Incredible Edible ParkURBAN AGRICULTURE

It has been over six years since the city of Irvine, Calif., took a vacant, weedy lot that cost $4,500 a year in weed abatement and turned it into an experiment in "metro-farming" — a location in a large city that provides space to cultivate fresh produce. To date, the Incredible Edible Park has provided well over a million pounds of fruits and vegetables to Orange County's neediest residents through a partnership of public, private and non-profit agencies. Originally four acres, the garden has grown into a 7.5 acre-community park with a bike trail and citrus grove. Since its inception, more than 10,000 volunteers, including 4,000 school children, have helped plant, weed and harvest produce for nearly 16,000 people. Three to four crops are grown on a continuous basis in addition to seasonal plantings. To learn more, contact the city's public works maintenance superintendent, Steve Bourk, at 949-724-7609.

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