US (OH): Hilltop urban farm to offer more learning for low-income families

Hoping to reap what they sow, Mid-Ohio Farm officials expect even more full bellies and enlightened minds as an expansion project begins this month. A program within the Mid-Ohio Food Collective, the initiative is a seven-acre urban farm based on the Hilltop that grows fresh produce, provides agricultural education and promotes special farming techniques.

Additions to the farm — including a farmer's market for low-income families and three new greenhouses — are set to open next winter, along with improved farming education for all ages.

"It will produce hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh produce to be distributed to the Hilltop," Chris Moscato, senior project manager for the Mid-Ohio Farm, said. "The farm really is motivated to address the root causes of poverty and lift up our customers."

Currently, the farm has a traditional greenhouse, but more unique features include a repurposed freight container and an energy-efficient domed greenhouse to grow food. As part of the expansion, Mid-Ohio Farm is building a 12,000-square-foot multipurpose building to serve as a farmers market for low-income families and expand its growing operations, McMahon said. The expansion is projected to finish in January. 

Read the complete article at www.dispatch.com.


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