Findlay Market Stand Comes To Walnut Hills

Findlay Market Farmstand Is Freshening Up!

You’ve seen the yard signs pop up around the neighborhood. You’ve driven by the huge white shipping container on the lot where the farmstand will be. You might have even stopped by on a Thursday evening in the hopes of picking up some fresh vegetables.

Well, the wait is over! The Findlay Market Farmstand opens today from 4 pm – 7 pm!

Look out for fresh, local produce as well as some meats and cheeses! WHRF and Findlay Market have been partnering to transform Firehouse Row into a weekly farmstand for the community. The shipping container arrived on June 2nd and wood chips were spread a couple days later. The space will continue to evolve over time, so look forward to future updates! The farmstand will be open every Thursday from 4 pm – 7 pm and a few other special days as well.  

We’re excited to announce that the Farm Stand will be a part of “Produce Perks.” Findlay Market is offering 2 for 1 incentive tokens to customers who use an Ohio Direction Card to purchase food.  The incentive is a dollar for dollar match for up to $10 using an Ohio direction Card at the farmstand. Healthy food is for everyone!

Hope you can make it! Bring a friend!

 If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Farmstand, contact DJ Greene (

Your input is needed for Walnut Hills’ future

We are getting closer and closer to adopting form-based code as the law of the land here in Walnut Hills! BUT there is still one last piece of community engagement that needs to be completed and we need your participation! Remember the ‘regulating plan’ that was created at the neighborhood design workshop last October which laid out how the neighborhood business district and surrounding areas will be re-zoned? (View the 29mb PDF here). Well, we want YOUR INPUT on the plan before sending it to City Council. Here’s what you need to do:

Show up on September 12th to the Walnut Hills Area Council meeting at the The Bush Recreation Center (2640 Kemper Lane) at 6:30pm. City Planners will give a brief presentation and then we will all break into groups to discuss the new zoning code! If you can’t make it right at 6:30pm no problem! Feel free to come anytime between 6:30-8pm.

We promise that all of our hard work is close to paying off and that we will soon stop ‘bugging’ you about form-based code 🙂 Join us for one last input session!

Talking Form-Based Code with Vice-Mayor Qualls

Our Executive Director, Kevin Wright, joined Vice-Mayor Roxanne Qualls yesterday on WVXU‘s Cincinnati Edition to discuss the City’s new Form-Based code implementation and how the new code impacts our neighborhoods! Walnut Hills is one of four pilot neighborhoods in Cincinnati that volunteered to adopt this new type of zoning, and we’re very excited about the opportunities it will provide

According to Vice-Mayor Qualls, the Form-Based code “specifies proportion and relationship to the street and to other buildings. People are choosing more and more to live in our neighborhoods because they want an urban experience and we know the value of the architecture and the original urban form of our communities. Form-based codes respect that and it actually allows for new development that is also respectful of that original urban form.”

Qualls adds that the new code “makes things very clear to developers what they can do in a specific neighborhood. You should be able to get all your approvals in a very short amount of time.”

In the case of Walnut Hills, Kevin Wright states that it “allowed the community to create a vision for their business district and how they want it designed. We took that vision and are attaching a zoning code to it.”

According to Wright, the new code system “creates a win-win-win for community, the City and the developer”. “When we visited Nashville”, he continues, “some developers even admitted being skeptical at the beginning, but once they started developing under the code and saw that the form based code was much easier to use than conventional zoning…developers loved it.”

Click below to listen to the full interview:




WHRF Competing for Fuel the Fire grant

And we need your help!

We have been invited to compete for a grant for our Five Points Biergarten event in the recently cleaned up Five Points Alley network! The grant is from Fuel Cincinnati. Fuel is a program of Give Back Cincinnati that is dedicated to helping young professionals improve the city. Fuel provides dollars ($250–$2,000) to projects for community organizations, coalitions of organizations, individuals, and non-profit groups with unique ideas that are in the relatively initial stages. Our presentation will highlight the community engagement associated with these events as well as long-term possibilities for the space.

On June 27th we are asking you to attend an event called Fuel the Fire! The event is a contest where grant finalists give a presentation about their project and afterwards the attendees vote for the winner. The money generated from the tickets sold for the event go to the winner! We will be competing with four other applicants. More information can be found on the event website or event Facebook page.

How can YOU help?

Come to the event! Invite friends and colleagues! The more supporters we have the better chance we have of winning! The event is on June 27th at 6:30 pm at the Christian Moerlein Tap Room. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity and let us know if you have any questions!