Well Farm at Voris Field

The transformation of a vacant 1.6-acre lot into The Well Farm at Voris Field — a community-driven urban stormwater farm by Greenprint Partners in Peoria, Illinois — aims to improve local access to fresh food, create jobs, and reduce flooding in a low-income, underinvested community. AKRF served as the project’s design/builder, preparing and implementing a collaborative site design that integrates a hybrid poplar “stormwater forest” installation that receives stormwater runoff from the surrounding roadways; 100 raised garden beds that are home to an urban agriculture apprenticeship program; flowering stormwater bioswales; and space for public gatherings. Moreover, monitoring results of observed soil and plant-water response during and following storm events are being used in the development of a calibrated hybrid iTree Hydro/EPA-SWMM modeling tool to model the performance and to assist in the design of future stormwater forest installations.

Plantings at The Well Farm, Voris Field

Sap flow meters installed on trees

Remote weather station and flow monitoring system installed at site

AKRF staff member leads public tour

Awards & Honors
  • 2019 U.S. Water Alliance U.S. Water Prize
  • 2019 Illinois Green Alliance Emerald Award
  • 2019 Sun Foundation Making Waves Award
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