On Monday, Oct. 19, Mayor John Dailey and the City Commissioners broke ground on the first City Farm TLH located in the Greater Bond area.
In support of the City Commission’s five-year Strategic Plan and the Greater Bond Neighborhood First Plan, the pilot urban farm will help provide affordable fresh fruit and vegetables to the surrounding neighborhood.
“City Farm TLH is a creative way to turn an underutilized property into a community asset. We are excited to see this pilot urban farm take shape and create a sustainable urban farming business certificate program to encourage local entrepreneurship,” said Mayor John Dailey.
Funded through a Knight Foundation Grant, City Farm TLH is an aspect of the “Vibrant to Vacant” initiative. This initiative aims to repurpose vacant properties around the city to enhance the quality of residential life and cultivate a strong community.
To begin transforming the vacant lot the City will start by using coverings and mulch to help prepare the soil and plot the farm to install a storage shed. Fall planting will begin in the near future.
City Farm TLH is one of many projects being conducted in Tallahassee and collaborates with residents of the Greater Bond area to support their initiative of the Greater Bond Neighborhood First Plan. Recruitment will begin soon for the entrepreneurial training program, and those in the Greater Bond area will be given preference so it can be further rooted in the community.
The site of this future urban farm and entrepreneurial training program is located in a vacant parcel at 530 Kissimmee St. The City Farm TLH team will be at the Southside Farmers Market on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to answer any questions and share information.
Additional updates and information about City Farm TLH can be found at Talgov.com/CityFarmTLH.