During the 2009 growing season, The Corporation for Findlay Market began training apprentice farmers to grow market production gardens with the support of a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) grant. This is one of 16 projects funded through a USDA NIFA Community Food Projects grant with the goal of increasing access to healthy, affordable local foods.
The Findlay Market Farms! farmers are learning how to grow commercially on less than an acre and how to market their products through our Tuesday and Sunday farmers markets. They keep the income they make from the produce they sell.
In 2010, we enlarged a pilot project that started with four new urban growers on two vacant lots near the market to train and equip more new farmers who are growing on about 3 acres of vacant land in the city.
Findlay Market Farms! today:
Has more than 25 apprentice farmers
Is growing on four sites, in Over the Rhine (two), Hartwell, and Westwood
Provides education and hands-on training on the benefits, challenges and logistics of urban farming and direct marketing at farmers' markets
Provides participants with the use of an urban lot, start-up equipment and supplies, and space at our farmers market to sell their produce
Involves numerous partner organization, including the Civic Garden Center, Ohio State University Extension, Turner Farm, Hamilton County Fair Board, the City of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati Community Design Center and others