"Hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul."
- Alfred Austin
Programs Beginning in Spring 2019
Located on 107 acres of land – with 23 acres dedicated to farming – it will be a multi-pronged initiative that produces locally-grown crops, provides agriculture-based education, generates entrepreneurial opportunities, and strengthens communities. With development and core programming underway throughout 2019, Hilltop Urban Farm is set to transform the land it currently occupies. Given its size, scope and reach, it will ultimately become the largest urban farm in the United States and serve as a resource for urban farming initiatives.
Central to our mission are three core programs: youth-centered education; a workforce training program for new adult urban farmers; and an active, accessible farmers’ market. Learn more about the direction of each core program, and how Hilltop Urban Farm will ultimately act as a dynamic asset for local communities.
Our Farmers’ Market will operate in two ways: as a monthly on-site event and as a mobile market that brings fresh produce to public locations within the Hilltop neighborhoods.
The purpose of Hilltop Urban Farm can be characterized by one word: growth. Growth by design. Growth by education. And growth by community engagement.
“It’s way more than just putting a plant in the ground. It’s about learning some life skills in terms of how to take care of yourself, how to take care of your body, how to be able to work in this environment. It’s about learning how to eat healthy, to be able to build things by doing something hands-on.”
– Will Allen