US (OH): COVID-19 forces career change for local urban farmer

A bout with COVID-19 last year forced Youngstown’s Christina Sabo to change careers from working with animals to something at home and less strenuous. What she came up with was urban farming, growing microgreens inside her house.

Sabo’s “farm” is in the front room of her 93-year-old house on South Portland Avenue on Youngstown’s lower West Side. “This is my grow rack. So I’m able to grow, right now, I have six varieties growing. So four varieties of vegetables and two varieties of herbs,” she said.

Sabo started The Green Roof Urban Farm last September after dealing with COVID-19. “It’s a little bit of a sad story. I’m actually suffering from long COVID,” she said.

So because of work restrictions, Sabo gave up her career as a dog trainer and started growing microgreens in her house. “I wanted to adapt to something, and the only other dream I had besides working with dogs was plants,” she said. The process is simple: plant the seeds in the soil and add water and light.


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