For Jimmy, growing food was the natural next step; it was a way to put his landscaping skills to use in a way that directly helpedpeople.
“I decided then that I wanted to design edible gardens… Then I took the leap and started doing urban farming full time.”
Jimmy Ng, left, with TGE staff members.
Before TGE was built, the site wasn’t serving the community.
Now, the Growing Experience functions as a non-profit farm, dedicated not onlyto helping people get better foodandbetter access to food, but to educating the community about food production.
The Growing Experience often gives farm tours and workshops to younger students. The addition of aquaponics to the farm has been drawing in more and more teens and older students, however Jimmy hopes that the number of interested teens will only increase as they expand and get funding for a curricula.
“We’re hoping to get a farm to school type grant to establish a formal curriculum and farm tour program with the whole school district where schools can come through and experience the farming aspect.”
“We have an after-school and summer program and that’s really for teens to young adults, anywhere from15 to 19 years old. And initially when they start they don’t want really anything to do with the programs, but once we start having them in the greenhouse testing the pH of the water, maintaining the towers, they get a lot more interested. Because for them itseems a lot more cool because there’s some aspect of science and technology in it.”
So far, The Growing Experience Urban Farm has made tremendous progress in accomplishing their goals.
Between community and educational events, expansion, and their staff’s dedication, The Growing Experienceis well-armed to make the changes they’ve set as their goals.
Here at Bright Agrotech, we have a front seat view of progress in urban farming. It’s people like Jimmy Ng and his team that are powering that progress, and we’re proud and priviledged to be a part of it. We look forward to seeing The Growing Experience Urban Farm’s headway in the next year.