Seven Springs Speaker Spotlight: Doug Van Haitsma, Micro Farmer

| 9/21/2011 8:35:43 AM

Get to know Doug Van Haitsma of the Mon Valley Initiative. 

What are you going to speak about at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR? 

There is a huge demand for local food in the Pittsburgh market. Conversely, many old industrial communities throughout the region are plagued with large amounts of vacant and abandoned houses. We are creating a new land use model for some of these communities by revitalizing vacant and abandoned property and turning them into urban farmsteads. We are developing ½ to 2 acre micro farms with renovated farmhouses that will be very affordable.

What are you most looking forward to sharing with FAIR attendees?  

The excellent opportunities available for people who are interested in farming, community building and nontraditional urban development.

Tell us about your background with your particular topic.  

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