Friday, April 10, 2009

Welcome to the University of Cincinnati Urban Farm Blog

As part of the Green Cincinnati Plan, in 2009 the City of Cincinnati initiated an Urban Farm Program. The purpose of this program is to convert vacant lots owned by the City into pilot urban farms. Teams of citizens and community groups participated in a competitive process that led to the selection of nine teams working on ten lots distributed throughout the City of Cincinnati. One team, led by the University of Cincinnati, was selected to manage the largest lot located at 2291 Westwood Northern Blvd. Faculty, students, and administrative staff from the University are working together to design and implement an urban farm on 1.25 acres. Initially the team divided into three working groups focused on steering, infrastructure, and operations. If all goes well, we plan to host our first community charrette on Saturday, April 18; we will take rental ownership on Wednesday, April 23; and teams of UC affiliates and community members will begin to clean up the site on Saturday, April 25 as part of the Great American Cleanup organized locally by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. If you are interested in learning more about our program, please contact us at urbanfarm@uc.edu.

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