Urban Gardening Takes Root in Denton

Denton resident promotes urban agriculture and gardening through business

Gardens are taking root in unlikely places.

Ryan Crocker has turned his passion for urban agriculture into a business in Denton and is teaching others to do the same.

"It's the best of both worlds for me," he said. "It feels like the country, but we are really in the middle of the city."

Crocker has turned his passion for gardening into a business called Earthwise. He sells produce at local markets and is opening a shop that will give other local growers a place to sell.

The smaller of Crocker's two urban gardens lies in the middle of a Denton neighborhood. The larger garden is just a few blocks away, still surrounded by city.

Crocker said he is just one example, saying urban gardening is sprouting up across the region.

"You can do it as much or as little as you want -- containers on your back porch, a small plot on a sunny spot in your yard, or you can take over a vacant lot and do something like this where you can make a little bit of money on it," he said.

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