Food & FArm

Local Foods for Local People

We recognize the interconnectedness of soil health, ecological restoration, strong local food systems, and healthy societies, and this is reflected in our work on and off the farm.

feeding the soil

Soil regeneration is the root-bed of our work, and we are building soil health on Agraria through regenerative practices like cover cropping, organic soil amendments, conservation tillage, and permaculture.

Man holding handful of soil
brassica species with wheelbarrow in background

FEEDING POLLINATORS

We recognize the central role pollinators play in building strong local food systems an sustaining ecosystem health. They are responsible, in part, for the production of 75% of the world’s food crops. At least a third of our garden areas on Agraria are dedicated to pollinator plant species, and in 2020 we planted over 100 sensitive native prairie plants.

Feeding People

Our aim is to transform Agraria into a regional hub that helps build and support a just, equitable, and accessible local food system that recognizes the right of all people to fresh, healthy, culturally appropriate food. We manage the SNAP and Produce Perks Program at the local farmers market, and in 2020 we connected local gardeners and farmers to regional pantries to supply fresh, locally produced foods to neighbors most in need.

Buyers and vendors at a small farm market stand
trays of soil with recently planted seeds

Cultivating a Community of Growers

We are working in partnership with others to advance food sovereignty and food justice as well as regional resilience. We are partnering with Springfield, Ohio Urban Plant Folk (S.O.U.P.) on development of a center for urban agriculture in South Springfield with the goal of increasing food security as well as the self-reliance and resilience of South Springfield residents. We launched a six-month Regenerative Fellowship Training program in April 2021, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. The first group of six Farmer Fellows are mostly Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). They will receive stipends along with education and
training in a range of agricultural and regenerative practices. We are also spearheading development of a regional support network for BIPOC farmers.

On-Farm initiatives

Silvopasture

Riparian zone agroforestry

Managed rotational grazing

Perennial pantry garden

Food forest

Season extension

Partners

Central State University
University of Dayton
Hall Hunger Initiative
Miami Valley Regional Food Policy Coalition
The Yellow Springs Farmers Market
Produce Perks (Cincinnati)
Ohio Farmers Market Network
Antioch College
The Foodbank, Inc
Homefull
OEFFA
Greene County Food Insecurity Council
S.O.U.P. (Springfield Ohio, Urban Plant Folk)
Smaller Footprint Farm
CO-OP Dayton
Gem City Market
Jason Ward

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