With winter here it seems odd to be writing about gardening, but as we see it food needs to be a year round conversation. Cathy and Ryan are two university students who are starting up an urban farm called ‘Reclaim Urban Farm.’ We want to ‘Reclaim’ unused urban spaces and transform them into intensive, yet beautiful places to grow food for sale at local markets. We choose to farm on urban land because we want to benefit our communities by increasing the beauty of our surroundings, spread awareness about local food, and provide the freshest veggies possible. Our farm philosophy includes social and environmental goals, meaning we use low impact, organic (non-certified) farming techniques and donate produce regularly to local charities.
Our business strategy is to work with private land owners to gain temporary (seasonal) access to unused garden spaces, front or back yards, or empty lots. In exchange, we provide produce to the land owners either in the form of a weekly produce basket or as a donation to a local charity. Land owners also benefit through the beautification of their site (with flowers and ornamental edibles), not having to worry about yard maintenance and by enhancing their communities access to local good quality food.
What we are looking for now are some places to grow vegetables. This can be a current garden space, a front yard, the space between you and your neighbor’s house, an empty lot, or any other space with dirt. If you are interested in what we are trying to do and want to learn more or to provide some land for our cause please contact us at (780)803-2381 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For updates on our farm, follow us on twitter: @reclaimfarm
Cathryn Sprague (King Edward Park) and Ryan Mason (Garneau).