Definition of Urban Agriculture:
Urban agriculture or urban farming is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing local food in or around a city.
The purpose of the OHG Education Farm is to create education around our local food system. As more of us seek to have more input into how our food is grown, how it is treated after being harvested, and how it moves from one place along the food route to another, this community urban farm becomes a means to increase access to education around locally grown food and a way of reintroducing the public to the many aspects of food that we have lost as a culture.
Fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs produced from the education farm may be given to local neighbors and weekly farm volunteers, donated and sold to local Orange restaurants, and sold through the weekly “donation based” pay-what-you-can farm stand.
The OHG Education Farm is run and managed by Orange Home Grown for the community at large. We have a volunteer farm committee that consists of 10 food harvesting, chicken-loving, garden building volunteers dedicated to growing the farm and the farm programs. If you are interested in volunteering on the farm, please contact our volunteer coordinator Angela Nichter for more information.
Farm Program Objectives:1. Create a diverse, productive, and sustainable healthy farm organism through organic farm management principles.
2. Provide volunteer opportunities for people in the community interested in learning and being a part of organic farming techniques.
3. Host school visits in the spring and fall- build healthy relationships with our food and its lifecycle.
4. Hold food preservation and composting classes, seed saving workshops, gardening classes and other related activities devoted to sustainable living skills.
6. Develop and provide university level engagement opportunities on the farm.
7. Partner with the City of Orange to support summer program opportunities in organic farming, and children’s education curriculum.[/column]
What to Bring when Volunteering at the Farm:
Please bring a hat, gardening gloves, water bottle (with water), sunblock, a snack, and wear close-toed shoes for your safety, along with a copy of our signed volunteer waiver. Restroom located off-site at 304 N. Cypress St. We look forward to seeing you!