We cultivate community using urban farming, homegrown foods, creative projects and a mindful lifestyle to build a more connected Franklinton.
Educate the community of the benefits of living with a focus on nutrition.
Create access to healthy foods by providing resources, tools, and education to our neighbors.
Inspire individuals to use urban farming as a tool to gain access to fresh food options.
Nurture opportunities for people from all walks of life to connect, learn and grow.
“The farm exists to instill a sense of ownership of the gardens; to give our community something to be proud of.”
Magic House Farms from founded in July of 2016 by Joseph Wolfle Jr. with the intention to turn vacant lots in Western Franklinton into lush community resources of fresh produce and agricultural education. The organization started with one privately owned lot located at 128 N Yale Ave. in the Fall of 2016 growing on just a small 900 square foot area of tilled land where a house once sat, a small greenhouse was erected and an insect themed sculpture titled “The Anticorn” was installed.
With community support, Magic House Farms expanded onto two adjacent vacant City Land Bank lots in the Winter of 2016/17. In the Spring of 2017, members of the farm began working with surrounding neighbors to break ground on the recently acquired Land Bank lots. Eight “Community Garden” raised beds were installed and community members eagerly become representatives of their own households with in the gardens growing food to take home to their families. Throughout the 2017 growing season, Magic House Farms worked to plant over a dozen fruit trees, perineal berries, a Little Free Library and a bicycle parking rack. In the Fall of 2017 a plan to develop a garden entranceway was initiated which is at the fund raising for materials and construction costs currently.
In the Spring of 2018, Magic House Farms members were rewarded a grant through Mid-Ohio Food Bank’s Urban Agriculture program to expand onto two new City Land Bank lots also located on North Yale Ave. This funding allowed for the establishment of new perennial beds, soil amendments and a new retaining wall on a prominent open corner in Franklinton. A new privacy fence was erected on 106 N Yale Ave through funding from Franklinton Arts District’s George Bellows Grant that will soon play host to a large mural. The beginnings of a new water line have been trenched and pipped into the original Land Bank lot while a grand staircase has been installed for the main entrance at 120 N Yale Ave.