By Jared Page


24-year-old Sharon Leopardi is the owner of Backyard Urban Garden (BUG) Farms, a community-supported agriculture (CSA) business that uses Salt Lake City residents’ backyards as places to grow, tend and harvest fresh produce to sell to consumers. Her goal in starting the business a little more than a year ago was to prove that people can make a living growing food — even in the city.

She’s a farmer whose “farm” is spread out among eight backyards — all within about five miles of her Avenues apartment. In all, Leopardi farms about 1 acre, growing enough crops to meet the weekly produce needs of roughly 100 customers — including local restaurants.

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Here is a video with Sharon about starting seeds indoors:

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