About UsMichael

What We Do?

Our mission is to educate people about the potential of small scale, sustainable farming, while growing produce for our local farmers market.

Our farm is a quarter-acre in size and approximately 1300 square feet has been farmed since 2015. We’re situated in the heart of River Park on a historic lot that dates back to 1890. The property next to us was the first grocery store in River Park. We are excited to revive a part of the historic business district of River Park by offering fresh, organic produce to the Michiana Area.

We take pride in growing organically, using no fungicides, herbicides or pesticides and using only non-gmo seed. We practice square foot and bio-intensive gardening techniques to make the best use of our space. Since our creation we’ve grown 1750 pounds of produce, most of which we’ve sold to our community at market. Every year we increase our growing capacity with updated infrastructure and new growing areas whether that be in ground, going vertical or in pots. We live by the motto: “Food, not grass!”

Some Benefits Of Urban Farming

1. Far Less Food Miles

The average to get food from source to table is 1500 miles. In most states, local food can travel as far as 400 miles. Our produce travels 1 mile from our farm to the market and then to your table.

2. Reduced Food Waste

A 2012 EPA study revealed that 28% of municipal waste was from food and yard clippings, both of which make valuable compost for soil amendment. At least 90% of our food waste and 100% of our yard clippings are composted on site.

3. Healthier Cities

Urban farms make cities healthier by improving the environmental quality via reducing air pollution. We’ve planted 15 fruit trees, a bamboo tree and have plans for more. Trees naturally absorb CO2 and other pollutants, then store the carbon and emit pure oxygen.

4. Food, Not Grass

Why grow useless grass on your yard? Grow food instead. A lot of vegetable plants produce beautiful foliage that will rival your neighbors expensive landscaping. Even the smallest plot can provide fresh food with minimal effort.

Plans For 2018

Farm Tours

In our efforts to educate people on urban agriculture, we’d love to have some farm tours during the peak season of production. This would show the true potential of urban farms.

On Site Classes

We have plans to teach classes on growing, cooking and preserving your food.

  • Square Foot & Bio-Intensive Gardening
  • Composting 101
  • Keeping Urban Chickens
  • Cooking With Your Harvest
  • Fermenting For Beginners
  • Freezing Your Bountiful Produce

Volunteers & Interns

This year it appears as though we’ll have three interns, two from Notre Dame and one from IUSB, but we’re always happy to have more. Opportunities can include anything from creating new beds, filling and or seeding trays in the greenhouse, transplanting and or harvesting in the many beds on site, working with new design projects, taking care of chickens, rotating compost piles, planting trees. And on the flip side we’re happy to give the opportunity to run our market booth and learn about interaction with customers, sales aspects, knowing your product and taking care of collecting money. Overall if you’re interested in urban farming, business, agriculture or all of it we’ll be happy to give you the opportunity to work in whatever field you feel you need to learn more about.

If interested send us an email to: southbendhomestead@gmail.com, send a text to: (574) 386-6066 or visit us at the South Bend Farmer’s Market.