An Ohio Valley organization whose mission is to grow a sustainable source of food for people living here, is growing like a weed.
The new greenhouse location for Grow Ohio Valley, an organization you might know best from their traveling farmers market, but the group has a lot to offer. It’s all in an effort to help you and your families lead a healthier lifestyle with quality food produced right here in our backyard.
Back in February the hillside was nothing more than a vacant lot, but over the last few months crews have been busy transforming what was; into this beautiful space to grow food, “This property is important to us, because it’s in the heart of East Wheeling, an urban core of Wheeling, where there’s a lot of people who don’t have access to good food,” said Grow Ohio Valley’s Director of Special Projects, Danny Swan.
With the development of these greenhouses, that have an amazing view of the city, Grow Ohio Valley has also developed some great programs for the community. One program is called ‘SNAP Match’, which allows people who get food stamps to get double their money’s worth in produce at the farm stand, “In the meantime we have another program called ‘SNAP Back’ wherein; those same people can come take classes where they learn how to grow their own food,” Swan added.
Growing forward, the organization hopes to better their relationship with city and county officials to keep expanding their offerings in the community. They’re looking to take a small office space they have on Grandview Street and open a small farm stand there, but that’s only one small piece of a larger puzzle for Grow Ohio Valley, “One of the initiatives that has been a strong interest for us, through the year, that we’re really looking to push forward this year is a community oriented grocery store with natural and organic foods,” said Grow Ohio Valley’s Executive Director, Kenneth Peralta.
The Amazing Raise takes place Tuesday, and Peralta says; it’s important to donate to the various non-profits throughout the Ohio Valley. It’s something they rely on too, “It’s really important for us this year, because of just getting the funding available to get into another season, to get the season launched and get through the seasons,” Peralta said.
Members with Grow Ohio Valley said; the start up for their projects wouldn’t be possible without organizations like the Schenk Foundation, The Hess Foundation, The Community Foundation, and the Sisters of St. Joseph.