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Dayton, Ohio Urban Farm founder angered by city’s Garden Station eviction

Lisa Helm, the founder of Dayton Urban Grown Farm, stands among the plantings at the co-op and training farm. Helm also founded Garden Station, which was evicted from a city-owned property last year. Cornelius Frolik / Staff

“We should write an obituary for the garden, because it’s dead and it did not die of natural causes,” Helm said.

By Cornelius Frolik
Dayton Daily News
Sept. 17, 2017


The land at Wayne Avenue and Fourth Street, which belonged to the city, was transferred to Kentucky developer Weyland Ventures, which has converted an industrial building across the street into hip, new urban lofts.

The developer has proposed creating an urban entertainment and housing district called Oregon East, featuring a blend of uses.

Many people were disappointed and frustrated to see Garden Station forced out, like Ed Jackson, who volunteered at the park for several hours every week since its inception.

“I especially enjoyed and appreciated the art part of it, so we really hated to leave the wall with all the art on it, all the sculptures and all the hard work that went into it,” said Jackson, who now volunteers at the farm.

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