About Old City Acres

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 farm specializing in providing the local community with fresh and seasonal veggies 12 months out of the year through a flexible community orientated CSA model. Although not certified, all veggies are grown using beyond organic practices  and with the community and environment at the forefront.

How we Grow





and  Beyond Organic

Carly is a longtime florist and green thumb living in Ypsilanti. A recent graduate of MSU’s Organic Farmer Training Program, she aspires to have a farm of her own in northern Michigan. Carly is an avid reader, lover of coastlines, and a penchant for finding a little magic in everything.

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. He is starting his 10th year as an organic veggie farmer. Besides farming, he enjoys backpacking, kayaking, and watching movies. 

Alexander Ball

Ron Rich

Carly Talsma

​​Our Farmers

Year round CSA farming serving Ypsi, Belleville, Romulus, and Ann Arbor families since 2013