Our History: How Does A Seed Grow Into a Farm on a Parking Lot?
Growing Lots Urban Farm, LLC was founded in 2010 by Stefan Meyer in collaboration with Redesign, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to use development to engage the energy and creativity of residents and businesses in the evolution of neighborhoods to serve future generations.
In 2009, Redesign staff were inspired by a visit to Growing Power in Milwaukee, WI, and decided that urban agriculture was an important aspect of community development. The process of starting a farm on parking lots drew from Seward Co-op’s Community Development Fund and Patagonia’s Environmental Grant Program, land owned by Redesign, and the epic work for the farmer.
Over the years, Growing Lots Urban Farm has acquired new sites, lost old sites, moved an entire farm, twice over, and transferred ownership at the end of 2014 from the hands who began it to the new hands that will carry it forward. Growing Lots has three sites along Minnehaha Ave, located just off of 22nd, 24th, and 40th Streets.
The Mission of Growing Lots