Food on the Move recently received a $500,000 donation from the Hardesty Family Foundation, putting Taylor Hanson’s nonprofit closer to building an “urban farm” in north Tulsa to grow produce year-round.
The 10,000-square-foot facility will use aquaponic and hydroponic technology to grow fruits and vegetables indoors. The project also promises to include an “educational barn,” a classroom, a walk-in refrigerator, a food packaging area, and a covered patio that will be called the Hardesty Community Corner.
Food on the Move launched a fundraising campaign last week to raise an additional $2.5 million for the urban farm, which will be built near Tulsa Community College’s Northeast Campus.
Some of the farm’s produce will be distributed to Tulsa grocery stores, while the rest will support Food on the Move’s distribution programs, officials said. The farm will also serve as a “living classroom” to train a new generation of high-tech farmers, they said.
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