January 16, 2013
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...