Mother Earth Living

America's Top 10 Urban Farms

Sustainable urban farms provide fresh, local produce to city dwellers and restaurants. Here are some of our favorites.
By Letitia L. Star
March/April 2009

Farm workers Tim Wilson (left) and Ken Dunn survey early fall turnips
Photo By Letitia L. Star


Content Tools

Related Content

Cool Green Schools: America’s Greenest Colleges

The Sierra Club’s top 100 greenest colleges and universities carve a clean energy future—students de...

Crop Mob Revives Community Farming

In North Carolina’s Triangle region, Crop Mob is reviving community farming.

2011 Predictions: The Rise of the Conscious Consumer

Natural products research firm Compass Naturals predicts shoppers will get savvy; rebel against chem...

A Cutting-Edge Rain Garden in Kansas City

Kansas City's 18Broadway project is a superb example of how to capture and store rainwater to grow f...

More than a decade ago, Mary Seton Corboy and her partner, Tom Sereduk, transformed a toxic industrial site into a thriving 1-acre urban farm. Today, Greensgrow Farms is an innovative nonprofit near the heart of downtown Philadelphia—one of many thriving urban farms that produce food and jobs for their communities. Sustainable urban farms provide fresh, local produce to city dwellers and restaurants. Here are some of our favorites. Find farms in your area at Local Harvest.

Midwest

1. City Farm, Chicago

City Farm operates a farm and farm stand directly between Chicago’s low-income Cabrini Green neighborhood and its upper-end Gold Coast.

2. Green Youth Farm, Chicago

Green Youth employs high school students on its organic farms and sells produce at several markets, including at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

3. Earthworks Urban Farms, Detroit

Earthworks provides for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and also hosts several vegetable markets.

4. Kansas City Community Farm, Kansas City, Kansas

This 2-acre, certified organic farm offers educational programs for urban farmers and much more.

East Coast

5. Greensgrow Farms, Philadelphia

Greensgrow operates a 65-farm community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, plus community and educational programs.

6. Brooklyn Rescue Mission Bed-Stuy Farm, Brooklyn

Bed-Stuy Farm provides food to the Brooklyn Rescue Mission, operates a CSA and sells at the Malcolm X Farmer’s Market.

7. reVision Urban Farm, Boston

reVision works in conjunction with reVision House, providing shelter and jobs for pregnant or parenting homeless women.

South

8. Jones Valley Urban Farm, Birmingham, Alabama

This 3-acre farm on a formerly vacant downtown property grows produce and healthy communities through urban farming and youth education.

West

9. Homeless Garden Project, Santa Cruz, California

Providing homeless men and women job training and transitional services, the Homeless Garden Project cultivates organic produce, flowers and education through its training programs. Find organic produce and handmade products through its CSA and online store.

10. Rio Grande Community Farm, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rio Grande Community Farm manages a portion of Los Poblanos Fields Open Space to demonstrate sustainable urban agriculture. A highlight is the annual Corn Maze Festival Market.








Post a comment below.

 

Benjaminlauren
3/13/2014 4:30:54 AM
I thought India is the first most country in farming sector. But the way of farming differ from country to country. Now USA is on the first rank in adopting new technology for its farming sector. It feels happy to read about urban farming sector in USA. Our government also give its attention towards farming sector. Organic fertilizer plays an important role to increasing productivity. For this it is essential to know details about the composition of fertilizer and its use at the time of cultivation. So choose a best fertilizer center is very important.








Subscribe today and save 50%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.