About Lost City Farm
Lost City Farm was born in November 2011, when farmers Toni and Lyndsey began having a dialogue about starting a farm. The idea seemed simple: cultivating a small farm in the city, selling nutritious and accessible vegetables and making a small living while doing it.
Toni and Lyndsey had each recently spent time away from their hometown of Reno, both working in agriculture. Lyndsey had been creating community gardens in Arizona, while Toni had been working on production farms in California. They had since returned to their high desert home, and it seemed as good a time as any to start up a farm of their own.
They began brainstorming and holding weekly late night farm meetings, and in March of 2012 they set out in search of some land. By the beginning of April they found their parcel and 512 Center Street, a.k.a. Lost City Farm had begun. Well sort of…
The two eager farmers called the City of Reno planning department with questions regarding local land use regulations. With that initial call they hit their first roadblock: they were told that it was not allowed for persons to grow vegetables in multi-use zoning districts. Unfortunately that is exactly what their parcel was zoned for.
Toni and Lyndsey spent the next six months getting their hands dirty in quite a different way than they had set out to. A series of meetings with the planning commission and members of city council followed, and the girls did extensive research on urban farming laws and practices elsewhere. Finally, in cooperation with the City of Reno, they created an urban farming ordinance applicable to all zoning districts. The ordinance was voted on and passed unanimously on September 12, 2012 by Reno City Council. With this amendment in effect vegetable farming in all zoning districts is now legal within the City of Reno.
On October 30, 2012 they signed a land use agreement for the parcel on 512 Center Street, now a legal site for urban farming. A year had gone by since those first ideas were sewn, and Lost City Farm had finally sprouted into a reality.
Lost City Farm is now an urban acre that no longer sits vacant and full of trash. Always a work in progress, this urban farm is a model of environmental and economic sustainability, growing community through the love of growing food.