Orange Mound aquaponic garden and pantry project
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The operators of a successful food center in Frayser want to expand to Orange Mound. Their goal is to open an aquaponics garden, pantry, and soup kitchen – just like what they have across town.
According to their request to the Board of Adjustment, Austin Avery wants to put the garden at 2854 Douglass. The app says that if approved, food from the site would be placed in “take out” boxes. This would include food grown in the garden, as well as food collected from restaurants and hospital cafeterias.
The food would be free for the recipient.
There would also be a single-family studio for living purposes. The sustainability hub would be powered by semi-solar energy.
The application said the proposed Orange Mound Sustainability Hub would be located one mile from the Christ Community Health Services clinic.
As part of the project, they also plan to partner with CDC Orange Mound and the Orange Mound Community Center as well as its teachers and administrators to integrate healthy eating and gardening into school curricula.
They also provide cooking demonstrations and healthy product preparations.
The land at Orange Mound is currently vacant. The case is scheduled to be heard on July 28, 2021.