Fresh Future Farm now employs five staff members to manage the store and the field. Employees are paid through store revenue and donations.
By Tony Bertauski
Post and Courier
Apr 23, 2017
What’s the hardest part about running an urban farm? Jenkins said growing the food was the easiest. Finding land and donations to get the farm started and keep it running has been the most challenging.
Limehouse Produce donated topsoil to start raised beds for the row crops. Enterprise Rental Car donated a mobile building for the grocery store. The rest of the land is a diverse garden of row crops and fruit trees that is harvested and sold inside the store.
But Jenkins believes this operation is much more than a garden. She sees it as an educational model that can provide training to the public as well as fresh produce. Farm tours will be organized for families and schools as well as tourists.
At the time of my visit, they were using discarded Christmas trees to start hugelkultur gardening. Hugelkultur is the process of burying logs and sticks beneath a raised bed of topsoil to provide long-term benefits as they decompose, boosting soil moisture retention and micro-organism activity.
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