the l.i.f.e. model is a community food based economic development framework that may consists of various anchor enterprises:

  • an urban farm that grows produce for the food marketplace, café, and other wholesale clients
  • a food marketplace will aggregate locally grown produce and organic bulk foods for food establishments and general public
  • a farm café will serve healthy farm-to-plate foods and beverages that need minimal cooking or preparation using the freshest ingredients sourced by the marketplace or grown by the farm
  • a specialty nursery will produce edible and useful plants that are not currently available and grow gracefully in that climate
  • a compost hub will collect food waste and other organic materials to produce compost for the farm and nursery

the l.i.f.e. model is innovative because it forms a resilient ecosystem that is more likely to thrive and grow in healthy ways over time. It’s the economic equivalent of regenerating a forest on highly disturbed land

the l.i.f.e campus is populated with experienced operators of community food (anchor) enterprises

we believe in the power of food to bring about authentic transformation to communities whose economic revitalization and cultural resurgence is long overdue

project: overtown foodworks
past project: the farm @ verde gardens