Behind the Scenes: the Lindsay Urban Farm
Community farm brings growth, pride and jobs to the northwest Fort Lauderdale neighborhood
Be kind to our garden!”
That was the call from a group of six 18-to-25-year-olds standing on the corner when Karen Procelli, behavior specialist at Sunland Park Elementary School, walked by with a group of students on their way to the Lindsay Urban Farm for an educational field trip and tasting.
“They were watching the garden … there was a real sense of pride,” Procelli said about the huddled six.
The Lindsay Urban Farm, located on N.W. 12th Terrace between N.W. 7th and N.W. 8th St., is a community garden that was created in October of 2010 by the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale in conjunction with their Step-Up program. The garden not only beautifies the area but also gives back by providing job opportunities; bringing a sense of community and well-being to the area; and providing organic, locally-grown vegetables.
“The farm helps socially, economically, culturally and nutritionally, and all of that builds up to community and a sense of pride,” said Scott Strawbridge, director of development and facilities with the Housing Authority of the city of Fort Lauderdale.
Since it’s inception, the farm has grown, been harvested and has been accepted by the neighborhood.