Urban Earth Farms

NOURISHING COMMUNITY

The Enright Ridge Urban Eco-Village in East Price Hill has been working for years to create a sustainable city neighborhood, and Urban Earth Farms is part of that vision.

In February 2009, the eco-village provided the impetus to organize a non-profit, community-sustained agriculture project, known as a CSA, headquartered at a former florist’s greenhouse at 824 Enright Avenue. Our CSA is unique in that a committee of volunteers governs its operation. Farm staff consists of one paid farmer, workshare members who trade labor for food, college interns, and workforce development personnel.  All work together, managed by a Volunteer Farm Administrator & CSA Coordinator, to grow and distribute the food raised in our urban agriculture project. Because we are a volunteer based operation, we can offer nutritious, locally grown food at an affordable price.

Information about becoming a CSA shareholder is available on the Join our CSA page

GREENHOUSE MARKET

At Urban Earth Farms, we have an indoor farm market open to CSA shareholders and the public. You’ll find seasonal foods such as produce, eggs, meats, and other delicious wares. All foods sold at our market are either grown by Urban Earth Farms or sourced locally. You can sample new foods, get recommendations and chat about recipes with our staff. Greenhouse Market is located at 824 Enright Avenue in East Price Hill. We are open Saturdays, mid-May through November from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. CSA shareholder pick-up coincides with market hours. We accept cash, credit, and EBT/SNAP.

GROWTH AT THE FARM

We at Urban Earth Farms are very excited to be expanding our urban farming operation. We are breaking ground on a new half-acre garden located at the corner of Enright and Price Avenues in East Price Hill. This lot has been vacant 30+ years since the demolition of a city icehouse building that served the area until the 1960s. Thanks to the generosity of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and Price Hill Will, we have purchased 12 fruit trees and over 180 feet worth of raspberry brambles to be planted on the vacant site. The site will also host two annual vegetable beds, plus pollinator and herb gardens. Further funding for this project is provided through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the City of Cincinnati Department of Community & Economic Development.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Even a small farm like ours takes a lot of work to be successful. We owe much gratitude to the many wonderful organizations with which we share our mission and vision:

  • Santa Maria Community Services –  From March to November, Urban Earth Farms hosts two Santa Maria workforce development workers, rotating every six weeks. Santa Maria provides free job-readiness training to low-income individuals in an effort to develop a community in which citizens improve their lives and neighborhoods through economic opportunity.
  • Price Hill Will – Price Hill Will has been essential in setting up our EBT/SNAP certification for the Greenhouse Market, in addition to many other methods of support. They are a nonprofit community development corporation serving the neighborhoods of East, West and Lower Price Hill on the West Side of Cincinnati. Their mission is to create systemic change in Price Hill through physical impact, economic impact and social impact.
  • People’s Pantry Price Hill is a 24-hour food pantry box located at 834 Enright Avenue – the site of Urban Earth Farms’ new development. The up-cycled newspaper box was donated by the Cincinnati Enquirer and decorated by local artist, Chris Gliebe (a.k.a. “Clinikill” and “Devious”). The box is affectionately known as a “Foodbot”. Please feel free to “feed” Price Hill’s Foodbot! Recommended food donation items are: granola/energy bars, tuna packs, tin proteins, instant coffee, nuts, nut butters, dried fruits, jerky, box soup, ramen, toiletries, and powdered drinks. NO GLASS PLEASE!

THE SOUL OF THE FARM

Our Vision: Everyone in our diverse neighborhood of Price Hill has access to fresh, locally-grown food through cooperative and community efforts.

Our Mission: Urban Earth Farms grows and shares food using earth-friendly practices, while fostering a sense of community, and providing education, to create an equitable and sustainable local food system.

Our Values: financial accountability, sense of ownership in community, love of earth, compassionate economics, shared community, ethnic and economic diversity, collaborative process, economically viable, education/learning

To learn more about Urban Earth Farms visit the other pages of this website or contact us at urbanearth@enrightecovillage.org.

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SEASONALITY GUIDELINE

Early Kohlrabi growing in the greenhouse

Our veggies taste the best because they’re local & freshly harvested in-season. We’ve put together a general guideline and example of what is available throughout the season. Please note that this is only a guide and that actual crops received in the share are dependent on the cooperation of Mother Nature.

May/June
Asian greens, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Fennel, Flowers, Garlic Scapes, Herbs, Leeks, Lettuce, Salad Mix, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard Greens, Radishes, Snap Peas, Snow Peas, Spinach, Spring Onions, Strawberries, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Wheat Grass

July/August
Basil, Beans, Beets, Bulb Garlic, Cabbage, Carrots, Cabbage, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Flowers, Green Beans, Green Peppers, Green Zucchini, Ground Cherries, Herbs, Hot Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Kale, Melons, Micro Greens, Okra, Onions, Peaches, Plums, Potatoes, Salad Greens, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Wheat Grass

September/October
Apples, Asian Greens, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprout, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeraic, Colored Peppers, Cucumbers, Collards, Edamame, Eggplant, Green Beans, Ground Cherries, Gourds, Herbs, Hot Peppers, Flowers, Kohlrabi, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Melon, Micro Greens, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Raspberries, Rutabagas, Salad Greens, Scallions, Snow Peas, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Wheat Grass

November/Storage
Asian Greens, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cabbage, Celeraic, Collards, Herbs, Lettuce, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard Greens, Onions, Pumpkins, Radishes, Scallions, Spinach, Snow Peas, Sweet Peppers, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Winter Squash

For more information email us at uefadmin@enrightecovillage.org