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Tour the farm of the legendary ‘Grandmother of Juneteenth’ Opal Lee

Fort Worth, Texas

Tour the farm of community activist Opal Lee, a retired teacher and activist nicknamed the “Grandmother of Juneteenth” for her success in lobbying to make the Texas holiday recognized nationwide. Opal’s Farm in Fort Worth is another of her initiatives, dedicated to providing farm-fresh, nutritious food in the neighborhood that has been federally declared a food desert. The five-acre urban farm east of Fort Worth downtown resides on land owned by the Tarrant Regional Water District, and is on rich, fertile bottom land near the Trinity River.

Escape the city hustle and bustle down in the riverbanks with this 1.5 hour tour. See first-hand how the farm uses its unique geography and organic agriculture methods to meet neighborhood needs. The tour discusses the farm’s history, techniques they use to maximize production, future plans for the farm and how it gives back to the local community. You’ll learn organic methods you can apply in your own garden to maximize yields, ensure soil conservation and practice environmentally friendly farming. You may even spot some local wildlife that frequent the riverbanks.

Your support of the farm also helps improve the quality of life for local residents.

“Everyone deserves to be fed and to eat healthy food. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case in many of our neighborhoods,” says farm manager Greg Joel. “A lot of people don’t know what it is to have fresh vegetables. The only choice they have is the convenience or dollar store down the street, and that’s usually a small selection of highly processed junk food void of nutrients. We will provide healthy options and the education to use them.”

Support Work of “Grandmother of Juneteenth” Opal Lee

Unity Unlimited, the nonprofit behind Opal’s arm also seeks to create jobs, provide training, and bring a spirit of entrepreneurship and self-reliance back to the local community. In particular, it works with incarcerated youth to offer them a chance to re-enter society. Opal’s Farm is also creating community plots that can be leased to those interested in ongoing participation and education.

​Looking for a more structured field trip for 10 or more participants? Check Field trips at Opal’s Farm.

TO BOOK: Select the date and time you’d like to attend from the calendar, and then indicate the total number of participants and ages so the farm can plan accordingly. All tickets are $15 for ages 3+; children 0-2 are free.

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Opal's Farm

Opal's Farm is a five acre urban farm in Fort Worth, Texas, started by the "Grandmother of Juneteenth," Opal Lee. It aims to provide fresh food, jobs, and other benefits to its community. The farm is part of Unity Unlimited, Inc.