Developer Stewart Beal launches urban farming business with a social mission
Joining demolition, construction and property management companies in the Beal Group is CityFARM, an urban farming company dedicated to fighting hunger and promoting urban farming in Ann Arbor, MI.
By Tom Perkins
Feb 27, 2012
The business plans to charge $32 an hour for Maloney’s services, and the four available packages run between $700 and $4,000.
The smallest of the package provides a 40-square-foot raised bed that includes all the soil and fertilizer. CityFARM also takes care of any weeding, mulching, tilling and other preparation work. Once the bed is installed, CityFARM provides the seeds, a bamboo trellis, an irrigation system and tomato stakes.
The largest farm package offers a bed measuring 400 square feet along with the same products and services as the smallest size. Prices can vary depending on the type of work that needs to be done at each property, and Maloney will visit a yard or lot to give a free estimate.
CityFARM is primarily focusing its efforts on Washtenaw County, though Maloney said they will travel further depending on the type of job and customer’s needs.
Beal had been considering starting an urban farming company as his demolition company tore down over 100 homes in Detroit over the last two years. The question arose: What gets done with all the empty space?