Urban Agriculture Center
BUSINESS BUILD OUT
Start Up: ______
Use of Funds
Build out of greenhouse, restaurant
Repair of building
Seeds and soil
Projected Annual Budget
Income: wholesale, retail
Expenses: processing, cricket food
Skills & Experience Needed
Adaptive reuse of existing buildings
Works with local youth
Problem Worth Solving
Cities with crumbling and aging infrastructure in historic districts are faced with a necessity to renovate and maintain these structures to certain standards, or raze the buildings. Such districts face other forms of decay and disinvestment, especially in the food sector.
Adaptive reuse and repurpose of existing historic buildings to create an urban agriculture center and food hub. This structure could include a greenhouse, in which vertical growing and hydroponics are utilized, a nursery, packaging center for produce grown on site, a restaurant, and a market and event space.
Market Opportunity - Who are your target customers and how will you reach them? How will you distribute your product or service? How does your idea meet an opportunity for import replacement?
On site, the space can host a winter farmers market and restaurant, providing space and relieving the necessity to buy produce from outside the region in the off-season.
Off site, the entity can provide produce year round to nearby markets and local delivery services can deliver right to consumers.
Other microgreens growers producers locally
Large greens growers
Idea Pitch - What are you selling? Why is it important?
The urban agriculture center provides an opportunity for the community and city to come together to rehabilitate existing infrastructure and provide a neighborhood center for food-based activity.