Join us this summer for the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series! A joint project sponsored by OSU Extension, Franklin County and the Columbus Urban Farmers Network, the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series is designed to provide an inside look at several local urban farms, demonstrating the many benefits of urban farming in central Ohio. The tour series is free and open to the public, and there is no advanced registration required to participate. Farm tours will be held rain or shine, and participants should dress accordingly.
The next tour in the series will be held on Aug. 7, from 1-2 p.m. at the Italian Village Urban Farm, highlighting a multi-location, mission-driven urban farm. The Columbus Growing Collective is an eclectic group of farmers, restauranteurs, social entrepreneurs, and environmentalists whose mantra is sustainable production with a social purpose. The group operates a multi-location urban farm which includes shipping containers, rooftops, in-ground growing, and high tunnels. This tour will take place at the group’s two acre flagship farm, known as the Italian Village Urban Farm, which is located in the center of one of Columbus’s newest mixed use urban developments, known as Jeffrey Place. Participants will tour the entire farm, stopping along the way to learn about the unique social programming initiatives and strategic community partnerships which have developed at the farm. The group’s evolving relationship with A&R Creative Group—which owns some of the most innovative farm to table concept restaurants in Columbus—will also be discussed.
Other tour dates in the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series include:
- Aug. 13, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Scotts Community Garden Campus at Franklin Park Conservatory: Demonstration Food Garden Tour
- Aug. 14, from 2-4 p.m. at Weurfulville Suburban Farmstead: Suburban Homestead Tour
The Columbus Urban Farmers Network is an alliance of urban farms and food producers in Columbus. The goal of the network is to strengthen and expand the local food system by producing food in urban areas of Columbus.