BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton will now be home to a massive urban farm used to grow food for our community.
According to the mayor’s office, the area off of Susquehanna Street used to be occupied by a bunch of flood-prone properties.
Those properties were demolished last year with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and homes can no longer be built there.
Re-purposing the space, they say it will now be leased by VINES, or Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments for the next ten years to expand its urban farm.
“This is probably the largest expansion of our work,” said VINES Executive Director Amelia LoDolce.
Previously using half an acre of land, they’ll now have more than two acres on their hands, according to the mayor’s office.
The multi-purpose space will be used to grow food as well as educate youth through the ‘Grow Binghamton’ summer youth employment program.
“They come and work for us, growing food, planting, harvesting, getting food out to the community,” said LoDolce.
She says the food grown will focus on items that people are familiar with such as cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes and green beans.
Once food is picked, she says it’s passed out through the VINES Farm Share Program. Community members can sign up, pay each month and pick up their veggies each week at different locations.
Discounts are available through the food share program based on your income.
The farm will also include a new hoop house for extra growing, perennial gardens and a community gathering space and new solar panel system, adds the mayor’s office.
For more information, visit VINES website here.