We had a productive and successful design workshop with a great turnout from the community! We brainstormed about the layout of Frogtown Farm and which services and programs it will provide. Look below to see the boards where we collected community feedback, concerns, questions, aspirations, and desires.
The “Yields” board was intended to gauge where community support lay for different focuses of Frogtown Farm. Participants were asked to select their top three choices to account for the fact farm yields can overlap and accomplish multiple tasks. The community’s top focus for Frogtown Farm was Youth Empowerment and Education with Job Training and Education and Community Ties close second and third choices, respectively.
What do you think?
The “What you you think?” board was design to capture the community’s general thought, desires, and concerns about Frogtown Farm. The main desires are to incorporate everyone, especially neighborhood youth, and for the farm to have unique yields, not duplicate work already done in Frogtown.
Menu of programs
The “Menu of programs” board spatially displayed what different services and infrastructure are possible at Frogtown Farm. Frogtown community members envision a multifunctional building that could be a center for food storage, processing, and sales, a meeting for farmers and community members, and potentially an on-site residence for a farmer (and his/her family). The feedback also demonstrated a great inclination towards production and demonstration farm plots rather than space for private community gardens.
The “Site analysis” board displayed the current layout of the entire Frogtown Park and Farm property and mapped out some of the important features of the property that will affect the farm, such as “ag potential, “vegetation,” and “sun and wind.” Feedback on the board was widespread, as many of the voiced concerns, suggestions, and desires were concerned more with the entire property, rather than the farm specifically. The farm specific suggestions ranged from cover crops to compost production to the possibility for animals on the property.
The “Farm types” board made graphic the dichotomy between paid and volunteer staff. It also further subdivided the two general categories. Paid staff was broken into education/training, production, and social justice farms, while farms operated by volunteers were separated into community-managed, volunteer-run farms and community gardens. The feedback gathered on the board reiterated the concern about duplicating existing programs and institutions in Frogtown and instead urged Frogtown Farm to be a nexus of existing programs.
Farm organization structures
The “Farm organizational structures” board demonstrated how decisions about Frogtown Farm have and will be made. Much of the feedback discusses what type of organization structure would enable the most efficient and prosperous farm. Process related feedback was directed to questions about how to maximize community engagement (representative of a diverse Frogtown demographic) and where the power of final decisions lay amongst the different organizations involved. Physical concerns about the site focused on access and parking and ensuring safety and security at the Farm.
Food systems and existing assets
The “Food systems and existing assets” board documents existing Frogtown businesses and organizations related to food and community development. Workshop participants added important businesses and services previously overlooked to help expand Rebar’s knowledge of the area.