Two 30-by-100 foot high tunnel greenhouses occupy a nearly 1-acre piece of property overlooking downtown Wheeling, which Grow Ohio Valley leases from the Wheeling Housing Authority. The site once hosted a defunded housing project, and now the organization is transforming the space into an intensive urban farm.  The high tunnels produce more than 18,000 pounds of food and the site hosts a natural spring, which is home to native flora.
















Much has been done to stabilize the site by way of ditching and shaping water drainage ways. AB Contracting donated 180 cubic yards of topsoil for the site’s lower bench. It, too, produces food.

Support has come from the Schenk Foundation, the Congregation of Saint Joseph, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Hess Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley, AB Contracting, United Electric, Savage Construction, National Road Utility Supply, the Master Gardeners and the City of Wheeling. A Local Foods, Local Places technical assistance grant was also awarded to this site. 
















The Meadow is a unique facility in that it is highly visible to those living within Wheeling and to those traveling along Interstate 70 East because of its perch atop the historic Vineyard Hill. It makes a clear visual statement to all those who see it that social renewal is possible through urban agriculture, especially in this Rust Belt town of Wheeling. Its high visibility perfectly ties the idea of the farm to the modern environments we typically exist in, as these elements are presented practically side-by-side. 

We've spent the last two years curating mineral-balanced, living soils and growing methods that work on this reclaimed demolition site. As we turn the corner on successful food production this season, we look forward to opening the Meadow to the public as an educational campus for food production, food entrepreneurship, and food justice concerns.

Photo by Erin Yaeger Photography

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Photo by Erin Yaeger Photography

Photo by Erin Yaeger Photography