Urban Farm


The Urban Farm is a fulfillment of a vision. It is the result of intentional planning, effective collaboration, and broad-based support.

The Urban Farm is the site of 3 Microfarms, who are all part of a county wide cooperative, The Richland Gro-Op. The Gro-Op grows vegetables for restaurants, hospitals, and other institutional customers.  

Located at 6th and Bowman Streets, here are some ways our The Urban Farm helps our community:

1. Small business development and Economic Growth.

2. Volunteer Opportunities and Community Building.

3. Revitalization of formerly vacant land.



Teaching our children how to grow!




 Our Urban Farm has invited students from Malabar Intermediate School to learn how to grow and maintain their crops. 









Our Partnerships

In partnership with The Gorman-Rupp Company, The Ohio State Mansfield and The Richland Gro-Op Cooperative, the grand opening will be on Friday September 6th, 2019 from 5pm-6pm.

As the Urban Farm project started to gain momentum and enthusiasm started to build, everyone felt like they were on the verge of something special. Cindy Wood of the Ohio State Mansfield captures that feeling of serendipitous timing: “It really was a perfect win-win of industry, neighborhood development, and community dialogue, alongside the resources of a research institution like The Ohio State Mansfield that made this happen.”

Scott King, Gorman-Rupp’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, is similarly excited about his company’s involvement: “The Gorman-Rupp Company is very pleased to partner with The Ohio State Mansfield and NECIC on an innovative urban farming project that fosters productive use of the land that our former manufacturing facility occupied at 6th and Bowman streets and provides a foundation for additional investment and economic development to occur on Mansfield’s North End.”





We Need Volunteers!


Volunteers help to extend NECIC resources and staff time to accomplish agency goals and
make more services possible.

Volunteers represent the organization and serve as advocates for the