The Farm To Family urban farm will serve as a low cost/low-risk entry point for community members to participate in sustainable local food production. The urban farm will serve as space for the incubation of small farmers providing individuals of low income and limited farm experience with a space to acquire the skills necessary to start their own farm enterprises and/or to work cooperatively as farm enterprises while building their capacity to meet community and market needs.
The census tract in which the urban farm will be located has been identified by the USDA as a food desert. The cultivation of the urban farm will serve as a holistic approach to addressing food insecurity and limited healthy food access while also providing individuals of low income with an outdoor training center for careers in sustainable urban agriculture.
The project will take place from 11 am to 2pm on Feb 8th 2020.
The development of Farm To Family urban farm is an effort of BeautifulRVA and the Ginter Urban Gardener program.
Participants will be practice operating a BCS Tiller and also learn how to install drip irrigation in preparation of the site grounds for use as a urban farm.
In addition other skills and practices that will be covered include:
1. The adding of compost and seedlings to the garden beds for site development completion
2. The laying of mulch and building of pathways for access to garden beds
3. The installation of small fruit bushes and shrubs.
4. The installation of grape vines trellises.
5. The installation of drip irrigation