October 16, 2019 - The Johnnie Mae Farm, located at 2518 Winter St., is hosting the second annual Harvest Celebration on Friday, October 25 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The remaining vegetables will be harvested and offered free of charge to residents on a first come first serve basis. Collard and mustard greens, potatoes, radishes, carrots, beets, tomatoes, and peppers should be available. After October 25, farmers will prepare the planting beds for winter.
In addition to the produce, the celebration will include free family-friendly activities, information, and/or snacks from a range of community organizations including: the Renaissance Pointe YMCA, Allen County Department of Environmental Management, Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry, Allen County Public Library and Purdue Extension Master Gardeners.
For updates about the Harvest Celebration, please follow the farm on Facebook or Instagram @JohnnieMaeFarm.
This season, volunteers and staff have harvested and distributed more than 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables grown on-site. Collard, turnip, and mustard greens; onions; radishes; tomatoes; sweet corn; summer squash; peas; green beans; peppers; cauliflower; cucumbers; broccoli; okra; potatoes; cabbage; eggplant; watermelon and many more have all been available at the farm stand.
Operation of the Johnnie Mae Farm is a partnership between the City of Fort Wayne’s Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services and the Purdue Extension - Allen County.
In 2015, the City of Fort Wayne’s Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services completed the historic renovation of former fire station #9 and equipped it with a state-of-the-art commercial grade kitchen, which is available for rent or use by community groups. The City and the Purdue Extension – Allen County also began farming the vacant residential lots behind the fire station and have been working to distribute fresh produce to local residents ever since. The farm is named after long-time neighborhood advocate Johnnie Mae White.