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

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.  

How we Grow




and  Beyond Organic

 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. 

Alexander Ball

Ron Rich

​​Our Farmers

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 in  the swamps of Sumpter, Michigan specializing in providing the local community 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. Although not certified, all veggies are grown using beyond organic practices  and with the community and environment at the forefront.