New urban farming project launches at Findlay Market

On Tuesday, July 7 Cincinnati will take its urban gardening/farm program to the next level when Findlay Market plays host to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Cultivating Healthy Environments for Farmers (CHEF) project.

This Findlay Market pilot program aims to “recruit and train new urban growers.” According to Findlay Market, there are four families participating in the program, which began in April of this year, who will also be on hand for the event.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will start at 12:30pm and celebrate the establishment of these new urban farm plots located just south of the Market (1611-13 & 1626-28 Pleasant Street, between Green and Liberty streets) in historic Over-the-Rhine.

The CHEF project compliments the recently established Urban Gardening Pilot Program by the City of Cincinnati to establish community garden/farm plots throughout the city. Vice Mayor David Crowley will be on hand at this ceremony to speak about this particular project and the future of urban farming in Cincinnati.

Photo from Scott Beseler

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.