Cruising along Meredith Dr., the rows of suburban homes are interrupted by rows of produce. The Dogpatch Urban Garden, or DUG Farmstand, is a quarter acre of fresh fruits and vegetables, grown to be sold locally. Jenny Quiner and her family started this small farm in 2015 to provide an eco-friendly and healthy alternative to the grocery store.
Even through the recent cold snaps, their crops are still looking healthy and strong. They also have a greenhouse and coverings for when the temperatures start to dip. The Farmstand stays open through Thanksgiving.
Their customer favorite seems to be the salad “subscription” service they provide, said Kate, who also tends to the crops. Other local producers also sell their products at the Farmstand. There are locally sourced vegan breads, salsas, and pastas.
Urban farming has seen a bit of a resurgence in poor neighborhoods and overpopulated cities around the world. Beaverdale might not fit those criteria, but the benefits are still tangible, said Kate. Studies like these show some improvements in the social well-being of communities where an urban farm is installed. The effects of urban farming are diverse and complicated, this Vox article takes a much more nuanced look at the value of this type of farm. But the idea of taking an otherwise vacant lot, and using it to produce something does have its benefits.