Foodbank launches Urban Farms of Central Ohio
In an effort to meet Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s mission of ending hunger one nourishing meal at a time and co-creating a sustainable community where everyone thrives, the Foodbank has created Urban Farms of Central Ohio, LLC.
Urban Farms of Central Ohio (UFCO) is a newly formed venture of the agriculture, government, business, and nonprofit communities. A group of enthusiastic community leaders came together in the fall of 2012 to plan an urban farm project that will transform vacant properties into productive community farms and improve the lives of nearby residents.
UFCO seeks to transform the communities surrounding our farm sites into thriving neighborhoods where residents have improved access to food resources, opportunities for job training, and overall improved engagement with community projects.
The Clarfield Farm
The Clarfield Farm is a pilot farm on the grounds of a now closed public school building, Clarfield Elementary School, 3220 Groveport Road, Columbus.
The vacant school building is surrounded by over six acres of farmable land. In 2013, we created almost a one acre plot to grow vegetables. Plans to expand production and install season extenders like high-tunnels are currently in the works.
For more information, or to become involved with the Clarfield Farm, please contact Sarah Lenkay at 614-317-9476 or SLenkay@midohiofoodbank.org.