Sep 17 2014

Growing Green in the Lower 9

By: Kim Ranjbar

In an effort to provide fresh, organic produce in the Lower 9th Ward, All Good Farms has partnered with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority through its “Growing Green” program. The program makes select properties available for the public to “engage in general greening and urban agriculture projects.” All Good Farms leased two vacant lots at 5011 N. Miro Street where they will build a 5000 sq. ft., indoor hydroponic farm. Utilizing hydroponics, the produce will reap sustainable rewards of being grown free of pesticides, using 90% less water than a conventional soil garden and year-round production. The indoor farm will be completely solar powered, use recaptured rain water whenever possible and produce 20-30 more fruits and vegetables than a soil garden of the same size.

In addition to providing local restaurants, grocery stores and farmers markets with fresh, high quality produce, All Good Farms is designing an on-site educational program to teach and promote sustainable gardening to the community, as well as providing employment opportunities. If you're interested in lending a hand, All Good Farms founder and creator Shane Gunter has launched a Kickstarter campaign to get this project off the ground. Offer your pledge to

All Good Farms
5009 N. Miro St.

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
1409 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

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