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What’s growing in February (repost from blogspot blog)

March 2, 2012

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012

 I recently visited Atlanta and because of my desire to get more information about models that are already working, I spent some time visiting a market and then a farm—Beth Rankin

When I visited the Boxcar Market I asked a lot of questions since there are some people in my town (Huntington) who would like to start a similar local foods market, maybe not as complete a grocery as Boxcar is, but some of the concepts are similar.

When I was asked if we had settled on our suppliers yet I had to report that it is still being worked out. Her next question surprised me: Are you getting any of your produce from within your town?

Well, not expecting to, small garden areas, hilly terrain,etc etc etc……and her answer was Why not?

She sent me to Truly Living Well who operates several growing centers but the one I visited was the Wheat Street Garden close to Auburn Avenue. Located within view of downtown Atlanta, this 4 acre parcel provides vegetables and fruit to individual purchasers, CSA members, local stores and restaurants.

Several staff members are assisted by volunteers.
The greenhouse provides a climate controlled area for seedlings. Seeing the amount of greens in various stages of growth reminded me that we in West Virginia do not enjoy the more temperate winters that Atlanta does, but these raised beds can be worked in tunnels and the results would be similar spectacular.

The Living Well site has ample parking, a covered picnic area with sinks for warm weather classes,

 
several storage areas, the greenhouse, and some fun areas as well. This is a wonderful use of an abandoned land parcel that any urban area has in abundance.
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandi Hopper permalink
    March 5, 2012 12:02 pm

    Enjoyed this post very much. This compact and flourishing utilization of city space inspires me to do alot better with my rural setting. I can grow a whole lot more food than I do and there are more and more outlets available to sell/give food than ever before. Way to go!

    • March 5, 2012 12:32 pm

      Sandi, it was amazing to see all what was growing. I had to remind myself of the difference in the climate but the greens that are grown in tunnels in WV are beginning to be available if the consumers know where…..that is my goal..to spread the word to the consumers so producers like you see the market exists!

    • March 5, 2012 1:03 pm

      I live in Huntington and we have so many many vacant lots. Not only would using the space as an urban garden improve the appearance of the neighborhood, but the benefits of fresh and healthy food would be amazing!

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