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Growing on the High Plains: Veggie Walkthrough at Nuke-City Veg

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Skip and Vincent Mancini chatting with Danny at Nuke-City Veg's garden in the San Jacinto neighborhood in Amarillo, TX.

Last summer, while delivering the beloved garden basket to a winner in the Texas Panhandle, I had a chance to visit urban gardener and vegetable enthusiast Danny Melius. He’s both the brains and the brawn behind Nuke-City Veg, a multi-locational urban farm in Amarillo, TX that uses natural practices to grow leafy greens, roots, and vegetables year round.

Nuke-City Veg partners with Square Mile Community Development to farm 6000 sq. ft. in the San Jacinto neighborhood in Amarillo. They are a non-profit working to revitalize the entire neighborhood, and the farm is just one piece of their five overall goals.  If you want to learn more, click the link above or come by the 6th Street farm Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm CT.

If you want to see how this year’s grow is going, follow Danny on Twitter or Instagram.  For more info about their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), click here.

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.