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Breaking urban-rural divide

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High Five
Monday, August 10, 2009

While Oregon's land-use system typically keeps agriculture and development apart, the city of Damascus and local farmer Larry Thompson are pushing for a change.

The region's growth regulators seeded the new city of Damascus on Thompson's 77-acre farm. In Thompson's vision, the city can be a place where urban development and agriculture entwine like his graceful marionberry canes.

Part of the farm could be developed for housing, he suggests, while he continues to farm the better soil. The farm's crops could supply an "eco-restaurant" at the top slope of the property. Along the road below could be a fruit and produce stand. Next to it could be a community kitchen and education center where customers could preserve the berries they just bought or learn how to improve their home gardens.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

 
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