What We Do

Local Farmer Open House

LFOH WebHeader2

Join us on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.!

Each spring, the Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park is THE place to be to meet local farmers who grow food sustainably and learn how to buy directly from them.

The annual Local Food and Farmer Open House event has grown since we first organized it in 2003 to help our community connect with local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers. Drop in to talk with the farmers, learn about CSAs and the variety of available shares.

lfoh web1

Learn how you can conveniently get boxes of farm-fresh produce (and more) directly from your local farmers. This FREE event is a once-a-year opportunity to talk with local farmers, learn about their farms and what they produce — and their variety of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription options. Find the farm that’s right for you.

Bring the kids!

This year we’ve added special programming just for children. Explore how plants grow and what it takes to grow your very own vegetables. Play farm-themed games, explore decomposers and pollinators, and build your own seedling to take home and start your own garden.


11:30 AM

CSA Basics Workshop - Learn how Community Supported Agriculture works and how to select the farm subscription that's right for you.

12:15 PM

Chef Cooking Demo with Simple Cafe - Using Farm Fresh Ingredients

1:00 PM

CSA Basics Workshop - Learn how Community Supported Agriculture works and how to select the farm subscription that's right for you.

1:45 PM

Cooking from Your CSA Box - How to use the contents of your CSA box to prepare quick healthy meals. Recipes, tips and resources for cooking seasonally from scratch will be provided.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

  • Visit with the farmers
  • Orientation Area - Stop by and ask your questions about CSAs!
  • Photo Booth
  • Children’s Activities
  • Workshops
  • A delicious lunch (available for purchase)
  • Door Prizes - Sign up for a CSA subscription during the Open House, and you can enter to win a door prize gift basket!

Free & open to everyone!

If you're already a CSA member, come by and chat with your farmer. Better yet, invite a friend or two and introduce them to the pleasures of knowing the people who grow your food! If you haven't been sure a CSA is right for you, come check out how CSAs have been changing. Many of the farmers are offering new share options -- smaller sizes, more choices about what you receive, vacation holds and more. Plus there are more options for rebates, assistance funds and using SNAP benefits.

The Local Farmer Open House is FREE and open to everyone! We hope to see you on March 7, 2020 at the Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park.

RSVP and invite friends on Facebook!


upcoming events


Email Sign-Up


* indicates required
Which Emails would you like to receive?

Connect Now

facebook instagram 2018 2 twitter linkedin

Get Involved

Become a member today!

Copyright © 2020 The Urban Ecology Center