Urban farming takes root Small-scale growing has the potential to create jobs, clean up blighted landscapes, and improve neighborhood residents’ access to fresh, nutritious foods ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Dina Rudick/Globe Staff City Growers trains apprentice farmers at plots it runs in Dorchester and Roxbury. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Zoning changes lowered the barriers for establishing commercial farms in Boston. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff City Growers was launched when one of the founders realized how many students weren’t getting fresh fruits and vegetables in their diets. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff City Growers targets vacant lots, cleans them up, and converts them into productive, sustainable mini farms. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff In 2012, there were 20 farms in Suffolk County, up from just seven in 2007, according to the Department of Agriculture. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Some of the Food Project’s shares are reserved for community members with children in the Head Start program. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Kalise Osula is a volunteer at the Food Project. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff The Food Project grew more than 200,000 pounds of produce last year, which was sold mostly at the Dudley Town Commons Farmers Market.