The City of Memphis faces many challenges. Among them are blighted vacant lots, food deserts, health challenges, and unemployment. North Memphis Farmer's Collective seeks to take these challenges and turn them into solutions by using what others see as waste as the fertilizer for vacant lots, thereby turning decay and blight into blossoming Urban Farms.
As we expand, we need the use of a tractor, chainsaw, wood chipper, other heavy equipment and garden tools to scale our operation and offer more naturally grown healthy local produce. Currently our Collective grows fruits and vegetables by hand on over four acres of vacant property.
We've transformed our neighborhood by sharing our love of growing, the resources we bring together, and the knowledge we've built over years of effort! Help us turn this business into a working model that can spread throughout the city! Join the efforts nationally and globally in rethinking how we see agriculture and urban spaces!
Risks and challenges
Our greatest challenge would be in changing perceptions on the uses of vacant lots in an urban environment. Government enforcement, in the form of Code Enforcement, have a difficult time knowing when the grass is delinquently tall versus a tomato plant that is thriving in the sun. Our project already enjoys the support of our neighbors in the community and like minded people in GrowMemphis (http://growmemphis.org/) and Project Green Fork (http://projectgreenfork.org/), but it would take a city wide effort to change laws to allow us to work unhindered. We also are trying to change how the average Memphian views vacant lots. Instead of viewing them an eyesore and blight, we are trying to encourage others to take up Urban Farming as a business venture.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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