CommonWealth Urban Farms formed out of a small group of people who began meeting in the fall of 2010 with the common goal of turning vacant lots in near NW OKC into productive green spaces that would benefit the local community. Since then, many more people have joined in to initiate and develop the urban farm, composting site, and educational programming.
We began cultivating our urban farm in 2011 and currently have about one seventh of an acre in vegetable production. Veggies are sold through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) aka “Veggie Club” as well as to local restaurants. We also grow cut flowers in partnership with our friends at Guilford Gardens in NW OKC, and offer bouquets and bulk flowers for direct sale. Microgreens are the third branch in our growing efforts, and are sold to restaurants in the metro area.
At CommonWealth, we grow our own compost, which provides the nutrient base for the farm. Our team of volunteers mixes leftover produce and food from grocery stores with wood chip waste. Youth from the Closer To Earth Youth Gardens are part of the team effort, offering experience with composting and vermiculture (worm composting) while developing leadership capabilities.
Every Saturday morning year round, we offer a work/learning experience for volunteers to come help with composting and gardening, and learn how to grow food and build healthy soil. We offer frequent workshops on topics ranging from growing veggies, to rainwater harvesting, to raising backyard chickens. You can find a schedule on our Garden School page here. Tours of the farm are available on the first Saturday of each month at 9am.