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November 4th, 2011
12:47 PM ET

Taja Sevelle: Discovering health through city farming

Taja Sevelle is a recording artist and founder of Urban Farming, which seeks to reduce hunger and increase access to healthy, natural foods through the planting of gardens in unused land and spaces.

In 2005, I decided to put my music career on the back burner and start the nonprofit organization Urban Farming.

Back then, I only had $5,000 to start it, along with a pamphlet and three little plots of green. But even then, we had a mission: to end hunger in our generation and to help build urban, suburban and, as we say, "rurban" (rural) communities that are physically and economically healthy.
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