The Alvarado Urban Farm

January 16, 2013

Alvarado Urban Farm offers opportunity for volunteers to grow crops, customers to buy local produce


Among Downtown’s concrete sidewalks and stucco buildings, Alvarado Urban Farm sticks out like a sore, green thumb.

The farm, located a block away from The Box Performance Space and Lotus Nightclub, is a hub for homegrown produce. The farm opened for business in September 2011 after farm asset manager Rick Rennie and the City of Albuquerque struck a deal with the Historic District Improvement Company (HDIC). The half-acre strip of land was to remain a patch of dirt before Rennie stepped forward with a solution.

“I did not want to see it be dirt, so I made a proposal: ‘Let’s make it a farm,’” Rennie said.

The urban farm has 82 beds for gardening where volunteers can plant, raise and harvest plants. Anyone interested can also play pétanque, a game that combines marbles with bowling, at one of the five courts. Rennie said the farm attracts volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, including students at ACE (Architecture, Construction & Engineering) Leadership High School to Albuquerque veterans. Read more...