The New Farm (at the mall)

In San Antonio, we have some malls that have lost tenants and customers. So what could an entrepreneur do about that?

One possible solution can be seen in Cleveland’s Galleria mall. The mall lost many of its retail shops over the past few years, leaving gaping holes in the greenhouse-like space. So employees of the Galleria came up with the idea for the Gardens Under Glass project, a so-called urban ecovillage inside the mall that features carts of fruits and vegetables grown on-site.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer explains:

Poole and Hamilton put in the first green stuff this week — a 12-foot cart of lettuce and other greens near the Galleria’s first-floor escalators. Their aim is to start an education center and store in a former candy shop, invite sustainable-product makers to display and sell their items, and sell produce to restaurants and individuals. They dream of hosting school groups and teams of volunteer urban gardeners eager to work beds of herbs and greens and vine systems raised hydroponically, aquaponically and in organic soils.

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