The locations and areas of the 409 vacant lots in the Southeast Neighborhood according to ArcGIS recorded by the City of South Bend.
During the summer of 2017, I worked with the City of South Bend and Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem to revitalize vacant lots in the Southeast Neighborhood using smart green infrastructure. I have extended the work I have done then by exploring the feasibility of implementing sustainable and resilient urban farms as a means to increase biodiversity in the local environment, provide nutritious food for residents, and beautify the neighborhood.
In this capstone project, I assessed the local environment's suitability for crop growth and designed an urban farm, Milton Farm, with a supportive irrigation system for sustenance. In addition, I created a comprehensive timeline for crop growth in the farm and related the mission of this initiative to principles of Catholic Social Tradition (CST). I combined the knowledge I learned through my sustainability, CST, and environmental engineering courses, and applied it to help a neighborhood that truly has become a home to me.