One city’s unique way of dealing with vacant lots

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton City Commissioners approved $160,000 in federal grant funding to farm three to four empty lots in the city.

The money will go to the Ohio State University Extension office for providing the equipment and the expertise to grow the food.

The city already has one lot where a neighborhood group is taking part in what’s known as urban agriculture. They hope the other lots will be ready by the fall.

The goal is to sell the food to local restaurants as a way for groups to get money they can then reinvest in their neighborhoods.

City officials say what’s grown on the lots will depend on what the restaurants need.

They tell us the plan will save the city some money because it won’t have to mow those lots two to three times a year as it currently does. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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