Food Access Resiliency Enterprise (FARE) began in 2017 with support from Montgomery County and the United Way to improve food security in inner East Dayton. The goal is to increase affordability, quality, and nutritional value of food available to East Dayton families, and to enhance residents’ knowledge of how to grow and prepare healthy foods. 


Backyard Gardens 

With our partner, Mission of Mary Cooperative, we have installed over 40 raised-bed gardens in income-eligible neighbors’ backyards, and plan to install more next season.  We provide soil, plants, seeds and mentorship—everything you need to be successful in growing your own vegetables.  

We offer adult workshops on gardening, food preservation, cooking and sustainability throughout the year for members and any lifelong learners.   

Community Gardens at Lincoln Hill 

Our 20 community garden raised-bed plots are located at Lincoln Hill Gardens, a community greenspace that also features a fruit orchard, children’s nature play and Mission of Mary Cooperative’s hoophouses.  With our partners Mission of Mary and University of Dayton’s Hanley Sustainability Institute, we will be doubling our available community garden plots for the 2019 season.  

Mobile Food Pantry 

FARE hosts With God’s Grace Mobile Food Pantry at East End Community Services the 4th Monday of the month from 6:00-7:30pm.  Everyone is welcome.  Bring an ID and something to carry food in.  

Gardening and Nutrition Classes 

FARE teaches weekly nutrition and gardening classes at East End’s Youth Champions and Miracle Makers at Ruskin Elementary. You can find our Youth Champion teens serving healthy food once a month around East Dayton at a Pop-Up Community Café stand or our K-6th grade gardening entrepreneurs selling as the Ruskin Ram Garden Stand at 2nd Street Market during the holidays.



Upcoming Pop-Up Community Café Dates:

2020 dates will be announced soon! Stay tuned.

Farm and Flea Dates for the 2020 Season:

Advanced Farmer Training 

For those who are trying to take their gardening or farming skills to the next level, we offer a series on advanced small-scale farming productivity and business concepts through Dayton Urban Grown, an intensive urban farming and education project on Xenia Avenue (former managers of Garden Station).

Farm and Flea Markets

Xenia Avenue Farm and Flea Markets are held monthly from May to October, with an emphasis on neighborhood and local entrepreneurs.  The Farm in Flea Market runs from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm and is located at 624 Xenia Avenue, Dayton, OH 45410. We are looking for vendors for the 2020 season.  Please get in touch if you might be interested!



Contact Libby Freeze at or call 937.259.1898 and ask for

Libby or Shawna.