Urban Farm

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The Binghamton Urban Farm

  • Located on Tudor St near downtown Binghamton
  • With help of youth employees and volunteers, grew about 7,000 pounds of food for donation and sales in 2018
  • Interested in fresh local produce from the farm? Sign up for a weekly box of veggies for all or part of the growing season (June 8th – October 19th) as part of Binghamton Farm Share! Click here for more information.
    • Small Share (5-7 items a week, typically feeds family of 2-3): $18/week
    • Large Share (7-10 items a week, typically feeds family of 4): $25/week
    • Depending on your income, you may qualify for a 25% or 50% discount
    • Pick up Thursdays at Carlisle Apartments or United Presbyterian Church, or Fridays at Tabernacle United Methodist Church
  • Also find us at the Binghamton Downtown Farmers market starting in June 2019
  • Questions about the Urban Farm? Contact Kyle, our Urban Farm Manager: kyle@vinesgardens.org or (607) 216-8020
  • Looking to volunteer? Contact volunteer@vinesgardens.org or (607) 205-8108

Expansion

In 2018 the city of Binghamton acquired funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to purchase properties in flood prone neighborhoods. This included many properties near the Urban Farm. This optional buyout program for landowners resulted in ten property purchases in the immediate vicinity of the Urban Farm that the city of Binghamton needed to turn into “green space”. This means that there cannot be any structures built on the land bought with FEMA funding. What better use of this flood prone area than to further expand the productive and community space that the Binghamton Urban Farm provides?

It’s a daunting project that is almost quadrupling the footprint of the Binghamton Urban Farm’s ecological management! With this new growing space VINES will be better able to serve the needs of the Binghamton community with fresh local produce. Not to mention the expansion of our Grow Binghamton Youth Employment program and added opportunities for community engagement. So check out the VINES Facebook page for updates or contact volunteer@vinesgardens.org to get involved.

 

 

Urban Farm History

 

Started in 2010, The Binghamton Urban Farm provides healthy, affordable food to local residents and combats the pervasiveness of urban blight in the downtown region. The Urban Farm is located in the heart of the city at 16 Tudor Street in a flood-prone area that was formerly a series of four abandoned houses. Youth employees contribute to the farm’s tremendous growth each summer with the maintenance of greenhouse and outdoor vegetables and plants and help create a thriving community. The project has not been without its hardships, however—a flood in 2011 caused damage to both crops and soil and jeopardized the farm’s potential to move forward. It is only thanks to the persistence of our staff, volunteers, and donors that the Urban Farm sprung back to life and is now doing better than ever before.

The Binghamton Urban Farm enjoys healthy partnerships with local restaurants and organizations to support its programming. Urban Farm produce is available for sale at the 2019 Downtown Farmers Markets and through its own CSA offered through Binghamton Farm Share. The farm’s produce is also used by several local restaurants.  A portion of produce is donated to CHOW, which distributes the veggies to local food pantries and families in need.

 

 CHOW Farm

VINES also helps to manage the CHOW Farm in the town of Conklin, about 12 minutes from downtown Binghamton. Though this peri-urban farm is also in a flood-prone zone, thousands of pounds of produce are grown in its beautiful, fertile soil. The vegetables produced here supplement the Urban Farm Share and are sold on the CHOW Bus Market. With a potential 4 acres of growing space, the CHOW Farm is quickly and constantly expanding.


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