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Raleigh City Farm Wins Green Business Contest

Urban agriculture is happening in downtown Raleigh! The Raleigh City Farm was one of the stops on the Eastern Carolina Fall Farm Tour last weekend.

Congratulations to Raleigh City Farm, which  is among three national winners of Green America’s first “People & Planet” award, which recognizes America’s best green, small businesses. Raleigh City Farm will receive $5,000 for the award.

“We’re really pleased that so many people supported us in winning this award,” said Josh Whiton of Raleigh City Farm. “The proceeds will go a long way toward bolstering our operations as we continue to explore the power of urban farming for improving city life.”.

Green America’s “People & Planet Awards” recognize innovative entrepreneurial U.S. businesses that deeply integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. The first round of the Awards focused on green businesses that also are active in serving their communities.

Raleigh City Farm, an urban farm start-up, was among approximately 250 small businesses around the country vying for the award. The farm is located at the corner of Blount and Franklin Streets across from William Peace University. Its mission is to transform unexpected downtown spaces into beautiful and nourishing farmland. What was once bare open space is now rows of edible plants being grown without pesticides or chemicals to grow local food for the community.

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