Urban farming

 

Ever dreamt of a city filled with vegetables and fruits? Stop dreaming and come see the E. D. Robinson Urban Farm at 12th & Brandywine in action!

 

Led by the late Wilmington City Councilman and neighborhood activist Eric Robinson and the 11th Street Bridge community, TheDCH facilitated the development of Wilmington’s first urban farm in the spring of 2009. Thanks to strong partnerships, a collaborative spirit, and community support, the farm grew out of a vacant, trash-strewn lot, and it has been growing ever since. Consisting of 600 sq. ft. of intergenerational community garden space and 1,400 sq. ft. of commercial growing space, the E. D. Robinson Urban Farm at 12th & Brandywine supports a local food system providing residents with fresh fruits and vegetables while beautifying the local landscape.

 

 

Managed by our urban farmer Adrienne Spencer, the farm, known as "a community growing together," is an impressive testimony to the power of urban agriculture and community support. Partners, including the City of Wilmington, the Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition, and various community leaders and organizations, helped bring to life the dream of lush green gardens in an otherwise designated urban food desert.  The urban farm has been recognized as a national and regional model of success in urban agriculture, receiving the Garden Club of America's Founders Fund Award in 2010 and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society's Community Greening Award in 2012. TheDCH staff have also been nationally honored for their dedication and leadership in this growing movement.

 

 

The E. D. Robinson Urban Farm at 12th & Brandywine opens their farm stand from Memorial Day to the end of September, offering fresh produce straight from the farm. Our 2016 farm stand hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday and Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information on the Urban Farm or our Farmer’s Market, contact Ann Mattingly at 302-685-6262.

 

Photo credit T.C. Davis. All others from TheDCH.

 

TheDCH supports 20 active community gardens and school gardens throughout New Castle County.
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