Mill Village Farms began in the spring of 2012 when 25 volunteers gathered to break ground on a new urban farm model. Our concept is simple: build small, sustainable, organically-managed farms that promote holistic development in our communities.
Because the USDA has labeled many of these mill village communities, food deserts. This means our residents have a wide access ramp to heavily processed foods and a limited, often expensive, path to fresh, locally-grown produce. We, at Mill Village Farms, are working to combat this situation by establishing fruit and vegetable farms on neighborhood street blocks. Neighborhood interns and volunteers then serve as advocates for the community by sharing the fresh grown produce with other neighbors. Aside from increasing access to healthy foods, our community farms are promoting physical activity and healthy eating. But these farms are also benefiting the environment: beautifying abandoned properties, managing storm water, and increasing biodiversity.