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Associated Press, Published March 19 2012

Minneapolis council considers urban farming rules

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council this week considers regulations for commercial urban farming.

Robert Woods has transformed his vacant city lot into a large garden. When his bounty is ready, Woods wants to sell his fruits and vegetables to make a profit. But, until the City Council adopts some ground rules, he can only give away his produce.

Commercial urban farming has its critics. Linda Schultz is on the board of a neighborhood association. She says life in the city already has its nuisances, including traffic, congestion and noise. She's concerned that urban farms could become eyesores that will bring even more traffic and dust to her neighborhood.

Council member Meg Tuthill shares those concerns. She tells Minnesota Public Radio News that neighbors should respect the property rights of those living next door.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.