The Urban Farm the 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.
With the farm being located on the corner of 6th and Bowman St., the possibilities of enhancing the community are endless. Some of the ways are:
1. Small business development and economic growth.
2. Volunteer opportunities and community building.
3. Revitalization of formerly vacant land.
In partnership with The Gorman-Rupp Company, The Ohio State Mansfield and The Richland Gro-Op Cooperative, the Urban Farm opened Friday September 6th, 2019.
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 with the partnership 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.”
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