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.[jump]
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.
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.