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, Urban Farms of Central Ohio was created by an enthusiastic group of community leaders from the agriculture, government, business and non-profit communities.
Rooted in Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Urban Farms of Central Ohio is designed to transform vacant and underutilized sites in under-served neighborhoods into productive, sustainable urban farms that provide low-income, food insecure residents increased access to fresh, local produce while encouraging civic engagement and offering job readiness training to young adults.
The Clarfield Farm
Located on a closed elementary school property (3220 Groveport Road) that previously sat vacant for six years, the Clarfield Urban Farm is now a thriving five acre farm home to over 20 varieties of produce and three high-tunnels.
Through our dedicated community partners, the Clarfield Urban Farm grows over 20,000 pounds of high-quality produce and makes fresh food a reality for low-income, food insecure residents. Additionally, Clarfield Urban Farm increases the amount of local food available in Columbus by selling to local restaurants, which in turn promotes program sustainability.
The Clarfield Urban Farm also serves as a place for building community as residents come together to be actively involved in their neighborhood. Whether it’s by lending a hand at the farm, sharing stories at the farm stand, or participating in our hands-on job readiness training programs, residents and Urban Farms of Central Ohio are working together to build healthier communities from the ground up.
The Wheatland Farm
Located in the Hilltop (near North Wheatland Avenue and West Broad Street) on the grounds of the former Columbus State Hospital, the Wheatland Farm is currently being built. By converting over five acres of vacant land into a flourishing urban farm, the Wheatland Farm will provide access to fresh produce to low-income residents and provide community engagement opportunities.
For more information or to become involved with Urban Farms of Central Ohio, please contact Sarah Lenkay at 614.317.9476 or SLenkay@midohiofoodbank.org.
Make a gift to Urban Farms of Central Ohio today and ensure that food insecure residents have access to farm fresh produce.
Provide one of the following wish list items:
- Hard rakes
- Battery powered drill
- Circular saw
- Harvest carts
- Harvest knives
Regular volunteer opportunities at the farms are available at: vhub.at/ClarfieldUrbanFarm.
Visit us at the North Market Farmer’s Market located at 59 Spruce Street every Saturday starting at 8:00 am.
Support programming by patronizing Columbus restaurants and vendors that purchase from Urban Farms of Central Ohio. Current buyers include: