Old City Acres was started in 2013 by Alexander Ball in a backyard in Romulus, Michigan when he was 19 years old. Over the years, it has grown into a year-round vegetable producer in the swamps of Sumpter, Michigan specializing in providing the local communities of Ypsi, Belleville, Romulus, and Ann Arbor with fresh and seasonal veggies 12 months out of the year.
By combining year round vegetable farming with online ordering and convenient flexible pickup locations the farm has built a community centric CSA model that continues to drive yearly growth through shared community investment and ownership. Although not certified, all veggies are grown using beyond organic practices and with the community and environment at the forefront.
Ron is a sociocultural anthropologist. He and his wife live in Ypsilanti, and both teach at Eastern Michigan University. His current research interest is in local alternative food networks and the production and marketing relationships through which small farmers make themselves viable. As part of his research, he's worked on Old City Acres farm since 2018, including working the farm's stand at the Depot Town Farmers' Market for the past two seasons.
Alexander Ball is the owner/farm manager of Old City Acres. He started the farm in 2013 with the simple goal of growing high quality food for those in his local community. In his free time he enjoys movies, hiking, and spending time with friends.
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