Most of the gardening operations I've been exploring as part of "Urbavore's Dilemma," my summer-long series on the local urban agriculture movement, are grassroots affairs: compost bins made from recycled plastic barrels, chicken coops built in old kids' playhouses, garden fences born out of back-alley wood scraps. That's why when I heard that Holly Arnold Kinney, owner of The Fort, a legendary restaurant, was dabbling in urban gardening, I had to check it out. After all, what exactly, does a backyard vegetable patch look like for someone who has one of the most impressive historical cookbook collections found anywhere? To find out what I discovered, check out this week's Urbavore's Dilemma.
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