Throughout her young adult life, Amanda Morse has worked entirely in the nonprofit food sector. When she moved to Portland, Oregon, she was ready to apply her skills in a new direction. Knowing she wanted to live in the city, Morse decided to become an urban farmer, and began researching vacant plots of land in the city using Google Maps and other online resources to contact prospective property owners about leasing their land. When the owner of the Tropicana Barbecue restaurant in North Portland responded favorably, in the winter of 2011, Morse was able to begin transforming the ¼ acre parcel adjacent to the restaurant into her Blue House Greenhouse Farm.
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