Earlier this summer the folks at Urban Acres started a Kickstarter campaign. They wanted to create a one-of-a-kind farmstead, a business that would bring together farmers and artisans under one roof. It sounded a bit like a farmers market but promised better air conditioning.
They set a goal to raise $30,000, to help offset the cost of permits, construction, kitchen equipment and multiple gardens. They ended up raising $40,000, and just three months later they're ready to show off what they accomplished with all that Kickstarter loot.
This Saturday, November 23, Urban Acres will hold a soft opening event. While some parts of the homestead have been open for a while, they're ready to show off some new features. The kitchen is now complete, and a chicken coop is done, while the herb and flower gardens are starting to look pretty good, too. The soft opening will give you a chance to check out the progress so far.
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The grand opening is scheduled for January, when you can expect an aquaponics greenhouse, bees on the roof of the building, composting and worms and a picnic area. Even if you don't want to spend a dime, this sounds like a pretty cool place to hang out, but something tells me if you visit you're going to at least go home with a dozen local eggs (those yolks!)
If you don't want to attend the soft opening event, make note of their new hours: 8 a.m.-6p.m., Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Urban Acres Farmstead, 1605 N. Beckley Ave.