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In the summer of 2020, Rev. Ryan Grace and his family traveled around southeast Ohio learning about small, sustainable farms. They tasted raw paw-paw pulp, milked a grass-fed dairy cow, and tried locally made cheese and yogurt. What they found is that local foods are better for the planet, better for the economy, and better for people.

A year later, Rev. Grace started wondering if his church, with its 4.5 acres of land in the middle of the city, could become the site of a sustainable urban farm? The answer was a resounding YES! In partnership with Maize Manor United Methodist Church, the Urban Farm Church is a new kind of faith community that cares for both people and planet in very tangible ways.

Rev. Ryan Grace (right) with his wife, UFC Community Outreach Director Mariellyn Grace

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