Whitelock Community Farm Thriving

Justin Kuk speaking to the Stoop Party Gathering
Justin Kuk speaking to the Stoop Party Gathering

In 2010, Reservoir Hill residents, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, converted a vacant lot into an active urban farm.

With continued neighborhood support, Whitelock Community Farm (WCF) has greatly improved access to healthy, local food for the whole community.

A model community-based project, the farm demonstrates how to use land resources in ways that can sustain and revitalize urban neighborhoods and build communities.

Justin Kuk, president of WCF, was one of the guest speakers at the recent SATF Stoop Party, where he encouraged attendees to visit the farm—growing and thriving nearby, at the corner of Whitelock and Brookfield. We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events! Find more information on all events on their website.

Their weekly Farm Stand opens for the growing season on Saturday, May 7th, and is open every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm through late November.

Planting seeds
Planting seeds

If you’re interested in growing your own produce, attend their Plant Sale on Sunday, May 8, from 11 am to 2 pm, where they will have vegetable plants started from seed without fertilizers or pesticides. Herb, tomato, eggplant, and hot and sweet pepper plants will be available for sale.

Finally, everyone’s invited to the May Potluck & Cookout, Wednesday May 25 from 6 to 8 pm, in the park across the street from the farm. Bring a dish to share, a friend or just yourself. Enjoy some snacks while chatting with neighbors, sharing recipes and getting farm tours. The farm hosts potlucks on the last Wednesday of every month.

If you’d like to get your hands in the dirt, Justin assured us that they can always use a hand at the farm. Simply come by, help out and work out! Volunteer days are every Wednesday, from 5–7 pm, June through October, and the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10 am to 1 pm, May through November.

John Eager Howard Elementary Farm Club
John Eager Howard Elementary Farm Club

Donations are greatly appreciated by Whitelock Communiy Farm. Donations are tax deductible and easy to make online here. Help support their community programs, including educational partnerships with John Eager Howard Elementary School and Midtown Academy, community potlucks and workshops, and youth summer internships.

If you have gardening or farm tools that are still in good shape, check out their wish list. Justin confirmed that your donations don’t need to look as new as those in the pictures.

Please support Whitelock Farm and their belief that “everyone has a right to affordable, healthy, quality food accessed in a way that is environmentally sustainable and socially just.”

Jessica Daily

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