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Jim Schrock

Urban Organic Farmer

Eden Urban Farm

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The Fig Tree - Archive of Feature Articles 2014

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Jim Schrock
Jim Schrock, urban organic farmer, Eden Urban Farm, also operates a recycling business, Earthworks, to care for the earth.


The Fig Tree - Archive of Feature Articles 2014

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Jim Schrock
Jim Schrock, urban organic farmer, Eden Urban Farm, also operates a recycling business, Earthworks, to care for the earth.


Fig Tree - Jim Schrock is urban organic farmer and recycler

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Jim Schrock | Jim Schrock, urban organic farmer, Eden Urban Farm,
Jim Schrock | Jim Schrock, urban organic farmer, Eden Urban Farm, Jim Schrock Jim Schrock said Crystal Spring Creek runs through the farm. Roots for Jim Schrock's two ventures, Earthworks Recycling and Eden Urban Farm, emerged when he was 14 years old. On the way home between Hartline and his family's farm, he, his father and uncles would stop at the dump to salvage items to reuse on the farm. During high school in 1973, Jim started picking up newspapers house-to-house in Hartline. Every year his mother hauled a cattle truck full of newspaper to a packaging plant in Wenatchee. After graduating and two quarters at Eastern Washington State College, he moved to Spokane and began earning a living by going door-to-door, picking up newspapers from 1977 to 1982. He could make a living picking up from 2,000 houses a month. He also picked up aluminum cans and cardboard. In 1980, he opened Earthworks Recycling at 1904 E. Broadway with Rick Veland, a friend from Hartline. It was a buy-back center for newspapers and aluminum cans. Jim continued door-to-door pickups in the Hartline area. Jim got a $1,000 loan and reopened it. He had kept current with paying money owed and avoided bankruptcy. "Over the years, we began accepting more recyclable items and began charging to recycle things like junk mail," he said. Now, even though many people put recyclables in the blue bins they set out at their curbs and pay the city to pick them up, Jim said there is still a market for recycling newspaper and cardboard. Paper he buys to recycle, he sells in Spokane County to make more newspaper at the Millwood paper mill. The rest is sold to be made into building materials in Spokane. Before curbside recycling, Jim bought glass crushers, but with the glut on glass, the machinery is worthless unless interest in clean glass products revives. A year and a half ago, Earthworks opened a second-hand store on the same block at 723 N. Napa St. There he sells metals, copper tubing, furniture, brass light fixtures, books, vintage items, old magazines, moving boxes and building supplies, items too good to salvage or recycle. The store is breaking even already, he said. He likes to "find stuff at the recycling center to sell and reuse." Because so much metal is stolen, Earthworks is careful, taping transactions, recording ID and vehicle information of sellers, and paying according to Washington State and Spokane County law. Many thieves eliminate themselves, because they lack a valid ID. In Spokane's Vinegar Flats neighborhood, Jim owns 38 acres beside Latah Creek off Inland Empire Way for Eden Urban Farm. It includes five houses, an apartment building and a greenhouse, plus root cellars from a 1920s carrot farm. He bought 17 acres in 2003 from the family of a Chinese herbalist, who had bought it in the 1940s, and two years ago bought the other 21 acres to save as farmland. His house there was built in 1897. He previously owned 1.3 acres on Maringo Dr. on the Spokane River across from Millwood as a precursor to this farm. While his family's farm is conventional, Eden Urban Farm uses organic practices, and is working toward certification. He is also updating it as a place to create a small community. So far, he has cleaned out 400 cubic yards of trash, metal and wood from the creek banks and farm, with about 100 cubic yards more to clean. This year, Jim and his partner, Tarawyn Waters, will again sell produce at the Spokane Farmers Market, which opens May 10 and the Perry Street Thursday Market. He also sells to restaurants and hopes to triple their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscribers to 30 members this year. "In good years, subscribers receive more vegetables, and in bad years, fewer," Jim said. Growing up, Jim learned from his grandparents the value of the only things on their table-except the salt and pepper-being from the farm.


Urban Eden Farm

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Please email Jim at:jim@urbanedenfarm.com
The farm is owned by Jim Schrock, who also owns Earthworks Recycling. Jim grew up on a grain, hay, and livestock farm, south of Grand Coulee Dam in Central Washington. His family has been farming in Washington State since 1883. Chef sales: Please email Jim at: jim@urbanedenfarm.com for prices and availablity.


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You can reach Jim at Jim@EarthworksRecycling.com
Delete This Newsletter is brought to you by Jim Schrock and Brian Schumacher of Earthworks Recycling in Spokane, Washington.


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