09/11/2013 02:28 pm ET Updated Nov 11, 2013

An Urban Farmer in the City (video)

Portland, OR Throughout her young adult life, Amanda Morse has worked entirely in the nonprofit food sector. In college, she designed an interdisciplinary major in sustainable food systems. She worked 2 years in a youth garden project for Americorps, and 4 years in education with Food Bank, also running one of their demonstration food gardens. When she moved to Portland, she was ready to apply her skills in a new direction.

Knowing she wanted to live in the city, Morse decided to become an urban farmer, and began researching vacant plots of land in the city using Google Maps and other online resources to contact prospective property owners about leasing their land. When the owner of the Tropicana Barbecue restaurant in North Portland responded favorably, in the winter of 2011, Morse was able to begin transforming the ¼ acre parcel adjacent to the restaurant into her Blue House Greenhouse Farm.

Being part of a local and vibrant urban community is what Amanda Morse loves most about her chosen lifestyle. And, in her own small way, at least for now, she is helping to create a food oasis in the community where she lives, works, and plays.

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