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Creating raised beds are great if you have the means to create them. They can be very expensive if you are starting out and building beds out of cedar planks. So what if you are a poor college student with limited funds? What if you lost your employment and now have to rethink your garden plans? Here is a simple solution that is both attractive and environmentally safe...glass bottles!

I saw this at the Philadelphia Flower Show the other week and thought this is perfect for the frugal gardener. It is easy to do and works rather well. Simply dig a trench around the area in which you wish to garden. Depending on the time of year, either staple old cardboard inside the bottles to kill back the sod grass or add leaf compost followed by your soil mix. This will create a space that is both attractive and useful. And best of all...this is totally free. Hit up your local watering hole for glass bottles, they usually just throw them in the trash and they sit in a landfill for years.

The net positive to using glass bottles is great. Anytime we can reduce landfill waste and create landscape art that is useful it is a positive for the New Age Farmer.
 
 
In addition to being an environmentalist, I also enjoy creating art. It wasn't until a few years ago I fully understood what an artist actually is. An artist to me is someone that creates from somewhere inside them. There is no right or wrong art, there is simply art. When I understood and accepted this, I started creating. In this sense, a gardener is a natural artist. 

I stopped by my parent's house yesterday and to my surprise I saw this hanging in their living room. I screenprinted this on a piece of reclaimed wood for my father's birthday in February. I thought he would he would display this in his screen room but he decided to drill a bolt into his redone wall and display this above his television. I may be bias but it looks really nice in their newly redone living room. 

We all look for something in our lives that inspire us. For me, that something is nature in what otherwise seems to be urban chaos. 
 
 
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The new age of farming is more than the historical idea farming hectares of land in hopes for a cash payoff at the end of the season. The new age farmer has to be resourceful in how they create their farm. We are no longer confined to growing our crops in the normal idea of farmer, however, we are free to explore many options to producing food for our family.

Square foot farming offers many advantages that we never had on the historic farm. Not only does having a square foot farming creates local urban food, it also benefits the environment. By using rain barrels we can use our rain rather than directing that water downstream. We can plant vegetables and herbs in areas that would otherwise be overlooked as a crumbling city. 
Local food production is essential for food production in the future. With the world population increasing at a rapid rate and the depleting of our natural resources we must take responsibility to grow food locally. The New Age Farmer is not only a local food producer, they are the new generation of environmentalists. 
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Farming in the modern age is more than growing hectares of corn or soybeans, it is figuring out how to produce food.