This is monumental!
The vertical urban farm will be five stories and it will also include an education center that will expand the organization’s current operations. Visionary Will Allen started Growing Power in 1993 to transform the production and delivery of healthy foods to underserved urban populations.
“The proposed 34,000-squre-foot, five-story vertical farm at Growing Power’s existing site, 5500 W. Silver Spring Dr., would produce fresh vegetables and fish, have classrooms, staff offices, a demonstration kitchen, retail food outlet and food processing. Existing greenhouses and hoop houses showcasing hydroponic and aquaponic farming, seasonal hoop houses and a farmyard for cultivation and composting complete the development.
The initial construction estimate is $8 million to $10 million, Kaufman said, “but we haven’t gotten down to the hard figures yet.” The goal is to complete construction in 2012.”