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A Business Plan and Community Vision for a Productive Greenhouse in Seward.

Sheridan, Megan.

A recent and powerful local foods movement has swept our nation's social consciousness. Among the front runners in this revolutionary movement is the city of Minneapolis. In response, Seward Redesign has sought to develop a local food program of its own in the form of an urban agriculture project. The goals of this project were to research and obtain funding for start-up costs, identify an operator, and develop a business plan for an economically viable urban farm. In the midst of this urban agriculture gold rush, we found that economic viability without foundation grants is essential, site control is key, and that farmers and community developers must bring their respective skills together and do what each other has always done best in order for the vision of urban agriculture to become a reality. The main goal of this project was to facilitate the creation of a commercial urban farm in Seward. This included locating a site, actively seeking funding for site preparation and hoop house construction, researching and biding construction materials and methods, interviewing and working with potential operators, facilitating the preparation for a business plan, and investigating zoning and permitting issues with the city.

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Conducted on behalf of Seward Redesign. Supported by Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR), a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
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