So if you have been following me on here for a while, you know I have some serious love for Louisville, Kentucky. Born and raised here, I will argue that it is one of the best cities to live in, no matter your age. It offers lots of variety from climate, sports, entertainment, rural and urban living, eating, art and more. I love discovering new places to go, and with all of the sustainability and innovation happening in Louisville's food and beverage industry, that's not hard to find! One of the things that I really find the most rewarding, is being part of a project that is pushing to better our city. And Thursday night I got to do just that!
Last week Aaron and I went to Proof On Main in 21C Hotel to learn more about a new development in West Louisville designed to strengthen the local food economy, provide over 200 jobs, and to truly reinvest in our urban community.
FarmedHere partnered with Seed Capital KY on what they are calling the West Louisville FoodPort project. FarmedHere is the largest and longest-running organic, vertical, indoor farm in North America. The idea is that they are able to use the limited amount of space they have in the city most efficiently, providing fresh produce to surrounding neighborhoods, and to be able to do this year round.
Mayor Fischer and CEO Matt Matros spoke about the project, emphasizing its goals of pouring back into the community, and affirming their commitment to giving every person the opportunity for a healthy lifestyle. In this case, by making locally grown food easily accessible. They are taking a 24 acre campus to create an indoor farm with vertical plant beds that will provide access to freshly harvested, pesticide-free produce year round. This campus will contain the farm, food and ingredient distribution, processing, aggregation and storage, homegrown retail, a bio-digester, and a potential urban farm. Construction is expected to start August 2016.
The West Louisville FoodPort is designed to locate food-related businesses in one place where locals can buy food from local farmers and hire neighbors for the available jobs. I absolutely loved being a part of this evening, and am excited to hear more about it as it unfolds.
It's nice to feel like you're a part of something bigger that can make an impact. I love going to these kinds of events and learning about different ways that we can help out in our community! No worries, I've got another before and after DIY post coming your way hopefully this weekend, I'll never stop giving you ways to improve your home! But I enjoy learning about ways we can improve our neighborhood as well! What has been done in your communities? How have you been able to help out and make an impact?