Stone's Throw Urban Farm
Stone’s Throw Urban Farm is a partnership of seven farmers in Minneapolis, who are turning vacant lots into micro-farms. The idea is not only to turn something negative into something productive, but also to service their community by providing them with fresh produce.
The vegetables grown on these micro farms are sold in their local community, at the Mill City Farmers Market and other local markets. In doing so, they ensure that the neighbors have access to all produce grown in their neighboring lots. The produce is all transported to the local markets by bicycle, eliminating costly and polluting transportation. The food is kept in food coolers until they reach the market the same day, so it cannot get any fresher than that.
The group already has 18 farms, and has recently acquired the use of ten new vacant lots, which they hope to turn into farms this spring. The farmers lease the land directly from the land owners, and have written agreements with all of them, according to information on their website. This project is first of all a business venture, and these people depend on their success in order to make a living. They do most of the work themselves, with the help of volunteers and interns.Continued on the next page