Salt Lake City Seeking Sustainable Farmers

Urban Farm RFP

Salt Lake City is currently seeking applications from farmers to grow fruits and vegetables on 1.66 acres of City owned land adjacent to the Sorenson Unity Center at 1333 South 800 West and south of the Cannon Greens Community Garden.

The goal is to have a farm in operation for the 2017 growing season.

As documented in the 2013 Community Food Assessment, Salt Lake City has lost almost all of its agricultural land, while the average age of farmers in Utah has risen to 57. Furthermore, just 3 percent of the fruits and 2 percent of the vegetables consumed by local residents are grown in Utah.

The farmer selected to grow produce on the land must use sustainable methods, including drip irrigation. Toxic chemicals, chemical pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizer use are not allowed.

In addition to selling as much produce as possible at local Salt Lake City markets, stores, or restaurants, the farm will also have a farm stand that accepts Food Stamp EBT (electronic benefit transfer).

Interested parties may view the RFP by:

1) Searching for "Small Plot Urban Farming" at this link. 2) Click on the PDF icon. 3) In the PDF, scroll down and click "Request for Proposal document" under Buyer Attachments.

Proposals will be accepted through 3:00 pm on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

READ THE PRESS RELEASE HERE.

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