On April 7, 2021, The Common Orchard Project, incubated by Green Umbrella, built a high tunnel at the Camp Washington Urban Farm (3220 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH), a two-acre plot next to the River City Correctional Center. The high tunnel project was supported with financial and technical assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
The project is a part of the Cincinnati High Tunnel Initiative, a collaboration between the City of Cincinnati and NRCS, and will help provide surrounding communities with healthy, locally grown food, increasing food security and cutting down on transportation and energy inputs. NRCS serves all agriculture – large to small, conventional to organic, rural to urban. As American agriculture continues to grow in new directions, NRCS conservation assistance is growing along with it.
Chris Smyth: Chris Smyth began the Common Orchard Project in 2017, with the mission to utilize vacant lands to create beautiful and nutritious spaces within the community.
Cincinnati High Tunnel 3: NRCS staff are available for those interested in learning more about the Cincinnati High Tunnel Initiative, which provides financial and technical assistance to urban producers to grow food year-round.
Cincinnati High Tunnel 1 & 2: Contractors construct the NRCS-funded high tunnel at the Camp Washington Urban Farm. High tunnels protect plants from severe weather and allow farmers to extend their growing seasons – generating greater food accessibility at lower costs.