Spring on the Farm

Spring has arrived in Lansdowne, including here at Lansdowne Urban Farms. Although the climate we operate in never changes – a consistent indoor temperature between 70-72 degrees – this time of year is still a season of renewal for us.

For Zachary and I, renewal at the Farm includes a near-constant reevaluation of our growing processes. As has been the case since our inception, the learning process never ends. The science and math of building a sustainable, workable growing regimen requires us to monitor and tweak our methods on the fly. Perfection is never truly attainable, but we do our best to always keep learning and improve what we do. 

Our model for bringing healthy food to our community is far from perfect. However, as we refine and improve our methods, we hope to find the right balance that benefits everyone in the process, from grower to consumer, equally.

If you have not been to Lansdowne Urban Farms yet to see what we are doing, please, do stop by. At the very least, it will prompt some thoughtful consideration of how we all can create a more sustainable life. Nearly all of our crops (with the exception of some particularly difficult Kale) are growing and thriving at the moment, and it is a wonder to see it happening in person. Our microgreens have proven to be a popular item, too.

For us as a society to have the best chance at a healthy and sustainable future, we all need to do our part. Small businesses like ours, and the communities we serve, can make a difference in building a better future.

Thank you for being a part of our community here at the farm. We hope to see you soon! 

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Under Construction

Our growing capabilities are in the midst of a major upgrade, so if you stop by the farm this week, please pardon our appearance. The process of building four new machines on site has left the place looking slightly disheveled, but we’d like to think that’s just what progress looks like. The results will be coming soon: more greens, grown better, always the freshest!


When is Lansdowne Urban Farms Open?

Good question.

The simplest answer is: When we have greens ready to sell, we will be open.

We will annnounce openings and available greens in four places:

  1. Via subscriber emails. Join our mailing list here.
  2. On Facebook
  3. On Instagram
  4. Our website

We hope to be open for business as much as possible, but in light of the unpredictable nature of the business, we want to be flexible. If you need us to bring greens to your home in Lansdowne, we can do that. If you want to stop by the farm at 23 South Lansdowne Ave. and pick up produce, we can do that as well. Let us know.

Our food is delicious, we want you to get it.

Why can’t we be open all the time?

For the time being, without food to sell, it simply does not make sense to use our resources to keep the Farm store open. We are managing the limited growing capacity we have with two hydroponic units, and the growing cycle takes about four weeks (from seedlings started two weeks earlier). Once ready, we have about 10 days to sell those greens at their optimal eating stage. Then the process starts again.

We hope to build some smaller units in the next few weeks to spread out our growing a bit. We also want to create a universe where people eat food when it’s available to them. It’s the same concept as eating strawberries in May and June, but in January, when they sat on a truck for five days to get to you. Fresher. Better. Closer.

Our work at the farm continues daily. If you see us working inside, we might have the door locked, so please just knock.

If you want to arrange a private tour, just email us.

Thank you for your support as we work to bring fresh, hyper-local, nutritious food to our community.


Round #2!

We made it though our first Monster planting. We did not do everything right (lol) but still managed to grow and sell a very decent amount of Parris Island Cos Romaine Lettuce, Black Magic Kale and Lettuce Leaf Basil for our first time out. If you were among our first customers, thank you. If not, I hope you will try our amazing produce soon.

Now on to Round #2!