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Urban Farming/Gardening Project


Urban Farming/Gardening Project

There is a great need to develop more sustainable communityfarming/ gardening practices within urban areas to feed the most needy. In this group we are looking for land preservation strategies for community farms.

Location: Fort Wayne
Members: 51
Latest Activity: Jun 12, 2017

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Comment by Ellen on March 9, 2012 at 11:47pm

CHEERS to the friends of the Maplewood Elementary School Garden Angels/ Fort Wayne Urban Farmers in this, our 10th year of sustainable agriculture providing physical activity, fresh organic vegetables and environmental stewardship to underserved senior citizens, families and children.

Last year your financial support helped purchase an Allis Chalmers B tractor. We delivered more than 1,000 pounds of vegetables to the Community Harvest Food Bank. We helped clients of the Aids Task Force have access to fresh locally grown vegetables.

You can help underserved residents of Fort Wayne have access to fresh vegetables by donating to the Fort Wayne Community Fishing Club/ Fort Wayne Urban Farmers at the Lafayette Bait Store, 3511 Lafayette St., Fort Wayne.

EPHRAIM SMILEY Urban Farm manager

Comment by Ellen on February 10, 2012 at 1:31am

Welcome Thomas!  Thanks for the offer to serve! The logistics  on a 7 acre+ community urban farm can be daunting enough, and when you throw many different cultures with many different food preferences into the mix, it takes some mighty  perseverance, good guidance to keep it sustainable.  

Comment by Thomas Henderson on February 9, 2012 at 9:02am

Please check out my profile and let me know how I can best serve.  Your work intersects so closely with my work experiiences.

Comment by Ellen on December 30, 2011 at 12:34pm

The  farm is being called the Urban Farmers Collective/Maplewood Garden Angels Project, not a cooperative according to this article in Frost.... http://www.frostillustrated.com/atf.php?sid=9484 

Whatever the farm is called...we are looking foward to another successful season, and our heirloom seeds have been ordered, delivered.

Comment by Ellen on December 30, 2011 at 12:20pm

Comment by Ellen on October 25, 2011 at 6:06pm           

Harvesting for the last day this season,  though there is still chard, potatoes, collards, cabbage, peppers, some green tomatoes still hanging around  even after a couple of light frosts, and too much rain ,  I sank up to my ankles in mud.

What a tremendous harvest this year! Thousands of pounds produce was donated to Community Harvest Food bank, church food banks, several refugee families, the homeless,  and some  was sold at farmers markets.

There is still okra, black eye peas, mustard greens to be picked in the commercial plots, but the guys can't  get it, or will not, all cause of the wet fields.

Andrew, and I are really in a  flummock by the amounts of produce NOT being picked AGAIN this season. We have picked, and picked, and have offered to pick in others plots if people are having trouble picking their own crops. Other than the fact it is hard work, muddy, and people are still going to supermarkets to get produce even when it is free for the picking, we believe there is a problem with covetousnous(sp).  By that we mean some of the urban farmers are growing massive amounts of produce on their  1 acre plots, but not picking,  will not let others pick it,  so it is going to waste. I really do not believe that is how a cooperative would operate. The 'club' that is supposedly managing this urban farm posted a no trespassing sign at the entrance, therefore keeping the community out, and again I do not believe this is how a  cooperative community urban farm would operate.

Comment by Ellen on August 20, 2011 at 12:14pm
We watched the Africans harvesting squash vines at the farm..... they filled a duffle bag . We have never eaten squash vines. They sell squash leaves in Asian markets.  You can eat any green that is not poisonous or toxic. The taste is another issue.
Obviously, you  don't have to eat the older tough leaves but the young tender ones from the tip of vine. Also, you don't  eat them raw, but can steam or stir fry, add salt/pepper.
Comment by Ellen on August 16, 2011 at 2:35pm

Planted a 'collar of collards'  last night.....  woohoo...   Andrews cliche,  not mine. lol  Planting radishes, beets today.

Working the squash patch.Don't understand why the Laotians, as well as Burmese pick their okra fruit too long, seems it would be too tough to eat.We do have a beehive at the urban farm, and the bees are working it......go bees!African squash plot......looking good before......POWDERY MILDEW!!!  But I think the recent rain, and cooler temps nipped it in the bud. :pWe have never grown black beans before.......looking good, but the pinto beans do not do so well.

Comment by Ellen on August 10, 2011 at 2:33pm

Found the plot of African Amaranth.....although it is considered a tough weed, it  looks like it has suffered from drought, obviously.

At the urban farm, green beans have taken a hit, plants look okay, but not producing fruit. Long beans on our corn are producing, but the color, texture, seem off. Crops have been stunted......plants are small, lush, but producing lots of fruit. Feel sorry for the 3 foot corn with large ears, 1 foot pepper plants falling over with big fruits, same with eggplant. Cabbage heads the size of baseballs. Tomatoes, squash are holding their own, seem normal, as are the cowpeas, and maybe okra.


Farmers getting rain relief

Parts of state see crops perking up

– After weeks of sweltering heat and scant rainfall, some Indiana farmers are celebrating recent thunderstorms that have dumped significant amounts of rain on their parched fields.


Comment by Ellen on August 4, 2011 at 3:55pm
The Africans planted a plot of Green Amaranth at the farm, but I can't find it now. They, the Burmese, and Latinos are big on Amaranth, Wild Garlic Mustard, and Purslane. I bet you have never had a dish out of these three, or have you?  :)
Comment by Ellen on August 4, 2011 at 3:47pm

Oh no, NO samples are  allowed at farmers markets per the board of health  :(...... we have been discussing this at the farm. We would like to get all the farmers together at the farm, and have a grill out with different ethnic, and traditional dishes, harvest table, if, and when our crops produce some fruit during this drought.



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