The Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series is a joint project sponsored by the Franklin County Office of Ohio State University Extension, and the Columbus Urban Farmers Network. The goal of the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series tours is to demonstrate to the general public the many benefits of urban farms in Columbus.
There is no fee or advance registration required to participate in these tours which are open to the public. Farm tours will be held rain or shine and participants should dress accordingly.
Katie Hawkins is a beginning farmer who started Happy Toes Homestead in 2017, which she immediately began to transition to organic. She raises microgreens, herbs, cut flowers, and heirloom vegetables on a 2 acre urban farm in Columbus. She is launching her first community suppored agriculture (CSA) program this year, featuring produce and flowers, and she sells at farmers' markets and local restaurants.
She is happy to share her lessons learned in produce, microgreen, and flower production from the beginning farmer perspective. This tour will have a heavy emphasis on the organic transition and certification process because Katie also works for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association as a compliance coordinator. The tour will also focus on the challenges of being a beginning, woman farmer in an urban environment, which has not been previously farmed. Participants will see her fields, equipment, and various infastructure improvements including her greenhouse, high tunnel, irrigation system, and more.
Registration: To register for this free tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: From I-71, take the Cooke Rd. exit and drive toward E. Cooke Rd. Turn right at the stop sign onto E. Cooke Rd. and proceed just over the hill (less than a block). The farm is on the south side of the street (mint green house). Please turn into the driveway and look for parking signs.