The Urban Food Center

by Sharon Hannigan | Apr 02, 2013
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Summary:

Idea: The Urban Food Center

With the St. Paul Foundation’s support, we will leverage our plans to grow a modern agri-business in the Twin Cities. We will repurpose land and buildings to create our base of operations in the heart of the state. Our business plan vertically integrates the research, development, growing, processing, marketing, and shipping of local food.

Using modern techniques researched by local universities and pilot farms, we will design, install and maintain orchards, greenhouses, compost systems, and edible landscapes. Our start-up growing plan emphasizes high-density Minnesota bred apples and high-tunnel berry production in the Metropolitan area. Our plan also includes the implementation of a world class learning center to cultivate agricultural wisdom by partnering with local educational institutions and established growers.

By creating a local food hub, we will provide a place for urban and rural farmers to get their fruits and vegetables cleaned, packed and labeled appropriately for the marketplace. Our commitment will not only make it easier for consumers to access local food choices, but our process will also make it more convenient for local farms to add value to their yields. As local food branding agents, we will establish a system of fair trade that represents the values of the environment, the farm, workers, and consumers.
Local distribution will occur direct from our central facility.

In addition to energizing education and health care initiatives, continuous cultivation of local food systems will create jobs, increase land value, and generate sustainable revenue streams for the local economy.

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Sharon

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Hannigan

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Saint Paul

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Ramsey

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Kevin Hannigan, Dan Oskey, Mark St. Dennis, Horst Rechelbacher, Sam Kedem, Dave MacGregor, Jim Hannigan, Dave Gontarek, Ashala R

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Your idea

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Title of your idea

The Urban Food Center

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Idea: The Urban Food Center
With the St. Paul Foundation’s support, we will leverage our plans to grow a modern agri-business in the Twin Cities. We will repurpose land and buildings to create our base of operations in the heart of the state. Our business plan vertically integrates the research, development, growing, processing, marketing, and shipping of local food.
Using modern techniques researched by local universities and pilot farms, we will design, install and maintain orchards, greenhouses, compost systems, and edible landscapes. Our start-up growing plan emphasizes high-density Minnesota bred apples and high-tunnel berry production in the Metropolitan area. Our plan also includes the implementation of a world class learning center to cultivate agricultural wisdom by partnering with local educational institutions and established growers.
By creating a local food hub, we will provide a place for urban and rural farmers to get their fruits and vegetables cleaned, packed and labeled appropriately for the marketplace. Our commitment will not only make it easier for consumers to access local food choices, but our process will also make it more convenient for local farms to add value to their yields. As local food branding agents, we will establish a system of fair trade that represents the values of the environment, the farm, workers, and consumers.
Local distribution will occur direct from our central facility.
In addition to energizing education and health care initiatives, continuous cultivation of local food systems will create jobs, increase land value, and generate sustainable revenue streams for the local economy.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Our model is a vertically integrated, full service, LOCAL food business.

By utilizing modern growing techniques such as HD Tall Spindle apple and greenhouse berry production, we will be growing commercial volumes of high value fruit in strategic metropolitan locations that are vastly underutilized, require restoration, or are ignored completely.

Local food marketing will focus on fair trade--for the environment, the farm worker, and consumer. We will create a brand that has local and regional significance and some day, national significance.

Our team consists of: local fruit breeders, local master growers, fiscal managers, food industry professionals, business leaders, environmentalists, and university partnerships.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Our idea is designed for multi-generational success and the plan will immediately make a difference by creating a variety of new jobs and increased supplies of top quality local food thus improving the status of our local GDP on several levels at once.

We will establish an educational and vocational learning center for consumers, today's farmer, and future farmers to connect people to practice.

We believe our model will create a best in class urban food system that puts STP at the forefront of the national food movement.

Sustainability

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The World Bank reports, "a 1% change in GDP in the ag sector will be twice as effective in alleviating poverty than an equivalent increase in any other sector."

Continuous cultivation of local food systems grows valuable jobs, increases land values, inspires health and wellness, and creates multi-generational wealth.

All of the above represents positive change that would be welcome in any community. Urban planners learn from other successful models and are always looking for ways to improve their communities. The Urban Food Center provides a tangible platform for action for such community driven endeavors.

apolinario sasam said: The Urban Food Center is a pretty amazing place! - Paul Kadri about this Competition Entry. - 2531 days ago read more >
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