GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- An urban farming business is making a big change after one year of adding edible greenery to the city.
Uptown Farm has been operating for one year at the corner of Wealthy and Diamond in Eastown. Last week, the owners announced plans to grow the business and change the name to City Farmers.
Much of the growth is due to the group's partnerships with local businesses. Doorganics was one of the first to purchase produce grown from the Uptown Farm. "Grand Rapids didn't have an organic, home delivery service," said Owner of Doorganics Mike Hughes. His business is the only one in the area which delivers local, chemical-free food to homes. "It's something that is just perfect for us."
City Farmers will plant organic produce on six additional vacant lots in Grand Rapids immediately. More expansion is planned for next year.
"The reception was so good from restaurants, markets, and other places that we decided it would be worth it to share what we've learned and help other farmers get started on other vacant lots," said organizer Andy Dragt.
You can learn more about City Farmers during its community day, on August 26; it runs from 6-8 p.m. at the original Uptown Farm, located at 940 Wealthy Street.