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      Every day farms are popping up all over our country's biggest cities. From Detroit to Philadelphia, urban farming has changed not only the way we get food but, the communities that sustain urban farms.  According to the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), the average American meal travels 1500 miles from farm to table. To put that in perspective, 1500 miles is the distance from my Atlanta home to Denver, Colorado. In that journey, we waste over 50 gallons of gas and 100% of our time when there's a much better way to do things, and that is urban farming.        Urban Farming is the act of producing food in the midst of a densely populated area. This isn't a new concept, in fact; the Incas used urban farming over 500 years ago and created a system to use waste water and terraces to grow their food not too far away from home. This concept isn't foreign, in fact, it's made its way to our great nation. In Detroit for example, a city that has seen massive parcels of land vacated and has had its fair share of financial ruin is now being reborn through agriculture. A city that once filed for bankruptcy is now home to the world's largest urban farm, Hantz Farms which is now being used to educate and grow for the people of Detroit. Vacant and abandoned property has now been given a new life that wouldn't have existed without one bright idea.         So, why do we need them? Why can't we just get our food from 1500 miles away? Urban farming isn't simply about convenience; it's about our health and our right to a healthy meal. We've all heard the excuse,"Healthy food is too expensive" or "There isn't a farmers market in my neighborhood." With urban farming, we eliminate that problem. Finding food closer also means cheaper because it doesn't have to travel 1000 miles or be packaged for extended periods of time. We decrease our global footprint and save a few dollars. Then we will be less prone to eat fast foods from our all too common food deserts, especially in low-income and minority areas. Not only is urban farming healthier, but it also has tons of educational benefits. If someone told me ten years ago that I could be a farmer and grow my food, it would've opened my mind to a world of careers I didn't know existed.         Urban farms aren't just for convenience; it's about educating our future, becoming a healthier individual and eliminating food deserts. There are many schools and organizations such as CUESA that are educating people on the benefits of urban agriculture. Why don't you do your part and help change the world? Learn more about urban farming, share a link and continue to grow in knowledge. Always remember agriculture is never just black and white. 
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Welcome to Get Dirty USA! 
  Thank You for embarking on this journey of knowledge with us! This blog was created to show the world that agriculture isn't all black and white. In fact, agriculture is an art carried out over thousands of years by humans and animals. I create this blog to show that the art of agriculture isn't dead, it just isn't discussed as universally as it should be. Growing up in the city, I never knew about the opportunities in agriculture, in fact, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian but, I never knew how I would get there or what animals I would work with. It wasn't until I traveled 946 miles away from my Atlanta home to Ames, Iowa, that I truly got a chance to look at agriculture firsthand and decided that I wanted to work with cattle. Not to only work with cattle, but to educate others in developing nations on the best farming practices to prevent further extinction of key mammalian species in their regions. A lofty goal indeed but if it weren't for my 946-mile journey, I would've never challenged myself to reach for the stars. 
  In this blog, I will challenge you to do the same. We will have plenty of question and answer session as well as a few interviews with professionals in agriculture. However, it will all be for the goal of growing and molding minds young and old, for a career in agriculture or a sustainable lifestyle. Continue to read, continue to grow and always remember that agriculture is never just black and white. 
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