A new urban farm in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood opens today. It’s the fifth urban farm created by the nonprofit Southside Community Land Trust.
The land trust has a network of 51 urban farms and community gardens. Executive Director Margaret DeVos explains that Providence needs these spaces because several of the city’s neighborhoods lack grocery stores. That means residents have limited access to produce at most of their local convenience stores.
“Many stores opt for processed foods that have a longer shelf life,” said DeVos, “and that makes sense if you’re trying to reduce spoilage in your business. But it doesn’t help people who are trying to offer a nutritious, balanced diet for their families.”
DeVos estimates the farmer who will run Sky Hill Farm will produce 3,500 pounds of local produce a year. The farm is located on a quarter-acre parcel near the Rising Sun Mill development.