There are lots of great local farms in our region, but did you know that Sudbury also has an urban farm?
Situated in the Flour Mill neighbourhood, “the Flour Mill Community Farm uses urban agriculture to promote community food security and augment the neighbourhood’s understanding of the impact food can have on health, the environment, and the economy through educational workshops, workdays and the weekly market stand offering fresh, affordable produce,” says Leah Longworth.
This urban farm benefits local residents and the environment. “The Flour Mill Community Farm focuses on improving outcomes of marginalised youth through employment training, work experience and character building. This initiative aims to break the cycle of poverty by intercepting youth at a transitional stage in life. Ecological urban agriculture is used to offer youth an opportunity to develop employable skills and healthy work ethic as well as gaining market-garden and food handling experience,” Leah explains. “This urban agricultural project demonstrates the impact that food can have on health, the environment and the economy.”
The farm started in 2017 on about 3000 square feet of land and expanded an extra 1200 square feet in 2019. The farm now has about an acre (over 4000 square feet) of land in production. “A large assortment of market-garden vegetables allow the youth farmers to learn to grow, harvest and market a wide array of produce. In turn, this initiative is directly supporting the community by offering thousands of pounds of nutritious food affordably and conveniently. As a result of this project, the immediate community has access to fulfilling job opportunities, fresh food and beautifully protected green space in an urban setting, for years to come,” says Leah.