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Stormwater urban farm to break ground in Downtown Peoria, Illinois

“This is very unique. There are urban farms around the country, but this is the first intentionally designed to capture stormwater,” she said.

By Steve Tarter
Journal Star
Oct 25, 2017


“We were looking for synergistic ways to use publicly-owned empty lots,” he said.

The urban farm (at 1013 SW Reed Ave.) will feature 100 raised beds and include a flower garden and a stand of poplar trees supported by stormwater that’s retained on the site.

“That’s how we sold the idea to USDA. The flowers and trees raised will be marketable and part of the small-business training provided,” said Corso.

“This is a pilot project with just under $1 million provided by USDA. The rest is made of in-kind services such as the city providing the land and Gifts in the Moment supplying the labor and organization by Fresh Coast Capital,” he said.

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