In the future, Fredrich sees the garden as possibly being used for urban agriculture similar to those in bigger Rust Belt cities like Milwaukee and Chicago. The produce from those gardens are used for farm stands, farm markets, specialty restaurants and prepaid box orders.
The size of the garden is about 1.2 acres and Fredrich hopes to lease more space in the future.
“It’s a large enough area within the city that it would lend itself to (urban agriculture),” he said.
The site is perfect, he said, because the former St. Mary Church was built on the edge of Springfield at the time and has great soil.
Michael Cooper, Staff Writer for the Springfield News Sun, wrote this original story.