New Greenhouse Proposed for West Duluth
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In 2013 more than 25,000 people in St. Louis County struggled to put food on the table.
Lincoln Park and west Duluth neighborhoods were also declared food deserts.
“In a radius of a mile in Lincoln Park there is no grocery store,” Junior League of Duluth project chair Lisa Plachta said.
The Junior League of Duluth has taken on the issue of food insecurity by kicking off fundraising efforts at Bent Paddle.
They’re asking for $80,000 dollars for the Let it Grow campaign to build a greenhouse in west Duluth that will provide more produce to the farmer’s market at the Harrison Community Center.
“They have a matching fund program for snap benefits where they’ll match five dollars of snap benefits with five dollars of produce,” said Plachta. “So it makes it easier. It isn’t free food but its affordable and its healthy, nutritious food.”
The proposed 30X60 feet greenhouse will be built on N. 45th Street across from the new Whole Foods Co-op.
It is specifically designed to operate during the coldest winter months in Duluth which will increase food access in all seasons as well as employment opportunities.
“So for us this is a jobs program,” Community Action Duluth executive directory Angie Miller said. “We hire people with employment barriers to work in our outside gardening and then they’ll also be able to work in the greenhouse. So we have year round jobs now instead of just seasonal jobs so we’re really excited.”
You can still donate to the Let it Grow campaign at http://www.gofundme.com/LETITGROW