Urban farmers find that success leads to eviction

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Columbus CEO

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) —

Urban farms and community gardens have been a celebrated trend for years, but as more people look to live and work in central cities, growers says it's harder to find and remain on land now sought by developers.

In Omaha, the founders of Big Muddy Farm say they've had to move from one vacant lot to another.

In fast-growing Denver, urban farm advocates say a half-dozen operations close annually even as demand for produce soars.

Lisa Rogers last month closed her Feed Denver organization, which promoted urban farming, in part because of the land uncertainty. She's glad developers want to build in the city, but she finds it ironic that the farms that attract people to Denver's core have increased property values and ultimately forced growers to leave.