Urban farming for profit in the midst of million-dollar mansions

DALWORTHINGTON GARDENS — Lynn and Cynthia Remsing have a 7-acre front yard in this small, increasingly affluent Tarrant County city now dotted with $1 million mansions.

But theirs is like none other in the community of 2,400 surrounded by Arlington.

What started out as an after-school project by their two children has evolved into the Remsings’ livelihood. They produce tons of commercially rare — or just plain delicious — varieties of onions, garlic, okra, seedless tomatoes, corn, leeks, artichokes, rhubarb, blackberries and strawberries.

In fact, Lynn, who has become a natural proselytizer for niche agriculture, takes particular pride in that his fruit has "no shelf life."

It is sold the day it’s picked, and he recommends eating it quickly to enjoy the freshness, which commodity varieties often lack because they’re bred for transcontinental hauling.

Lynn and Cynthia left their jobs — he gave up a white-collar career with a national paper company in 2001 and she retired from AT&T three years ago — to become full-time urban farmers, intensively cultivating the plot with scaled-down but high-tech equipment that they also sell.

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