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2:1 Gallery brings fire to Gratiot Ave.

From ice, cometh the fire.

Gregory Holm, the creator behind 2010's Ice House Detroit, will launch a new visual and aural spectacle in an old firehouse from the 1800's located at 1480 Gratiot Ave.

Fire House Detroit is more of a continuation of the Ice House idea than the artistic polar opposite, Holm says.

"The Ice House was an attention getter for a neighborhood," he says. "It made a lot of sense to have this beacon of dialogue where people could talk around this space, come out of their homes in a very neglected neighborhood. It had a lot of roots to very sad situations that were going on."

Fire House, which will open to the public in July, is a project aimed to inspire and activate a new generation of Detroit children, whom Holm will help incorporate into the experience. Young poets, musicians and singers from the city will all take part in crafting a score and compositions for the opening, which will also feature a pyrophone, which uses flames to create sound.

"We're creating the memories where they can look back in five or 10 years and say, "Hey, I was part of this  huge production where I was writing poetry that was sung by another children's group and we collaborated with contemporary thinkers," Holm says. 

While Holm and his crew work to build the Fire House spectacle, he's turned a portion of the Fire House into a new venue, 2:1 Gallery.

"It spun out really organically," says Holm. "It's such a beautiful space, and we decided to create a space in Detroit that isn't really here, dedicated just to sound art."

If the Ice House propelled the idea of the Fire House, this new project has spawned not only a gallery, but a new creative aggregate, 2:1 LLC, "where we can provide ideas and act more as a think tank to create interesting concepts, as liasons between brands or foundations and neighborhoods," Holm says.

Look for more sound experiences from 2:1 Gallery this summer, as well as a Neighborhoods Day event, which will take place in late July. "We'll be transforming the neighborhood into a huge day event for children, all based around sound," Holm says.

Source: Gregory Holm, Fire House Detroit
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Aptemal Clothing hustles harder in Eastern Market

"Detroit Hustles Harder." It's one of the great local slogans of this city's modern era. It also describes the work ethic of Eastern Market designers Aptemal Clothing, who've taken this motto to new heights in the past four years.

From a tiny, graffiti-covered storefront in Eastern Market, Division Street Boutique, the team of Joseph "J.P."  O'Grady and Brendan Blumentritt are aggressively growing their apparel line while seeking new territory for their business. Expanded summer hours means customers can swing by Division Street Boutique six days a week ( 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mon. thru Fri., 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays). O'Grady says business is booming, both in the store and online.

"Pittsburgh, New York, Europe ... they all buy our stuff online, all day long. Everybody loves Detroit, except the people from Detroit," he says.

Aptemal has also expanded their retailing operation, selling their gear in six different outlets from Mount Clemens to Royal Oak. One of their main summer targets is music festivals like Electronic Forest, Arts Beats & Eats and Paxahau's Movement music festivals.

But t-shirts aren't the only wares these two entrepreneurs have to sell. New collaborations mean you can soon pick up a "Detroit Hustles Harder" skateboard, or turn up the bass on June's forthcoming "Detroit Hustles Harder Vol. 2" music compilation, featuring local artists in genres as diverse as disco and hip-hop.

"Business is right on the verge of blowing up. We have a lot of collaborations that have been offered to us. it's pretty much endless. We're trying to spread it out to every medium possible -- not just t-shirts," says O'Grady. He's most excited about a new collaboration with local designer Angela McBride's "Love Peace & Spandex," expanding apparel options to the ladies.

"We're all just local kids trying to get our names out there, make some bucks and pay our rent," O'Grady says.

Source: Joseph "J.P." O'Grady, co-founder, Aptemal Clothing
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Eastern Market to build community kitchen

Thanks to Birmingham's Erb Foundation, Eastern Market will build a $200,000 community kitchen sometime in 2011, furthering one of the foundation's key missions: promoting environmental health and justice.

Plans for the grant, payable over two years, will allow Eastern Market to develop the community kitchen as an hub for food entrepreneurs, in a city where access to commercial kitchen space can be difficult to find. They also hope to increase access to locally grown and processed healthy foods.

"It's going to serve as an incubator for people, especially Detroiters, who want to start their own niche food processing business. It's a good way to not only support the local food system, but to create jobs," says the Erb Foundation's Jodee Fishman Raines.

It's also a way to make better use of produce and other perishables that can go to waste -- fruit that can't be sold can still be pickled or jarred, for example. There will be food demonstrations and workshops encouraging healthy eating, plus the community kitchen can be rented out by groups.

The Erb Foundation, which has distributed money over the past three years, focuses primarily on promoting environmental health and cultural wellness to help revitalize the Great Lakes region, with a focus on Metro Detroit.

"Eastern Market is really, we think, an important institution in the city, an important part of building this local food system ... the better and stronger it is, the better off we think it will help revitalize the city. When you've got these wonderful local institutions, you can make them even more accessible to people. Eastern Market is already very user-friendly, but this takes it to a whole new level," says Fishman Raines.

Source: Jodee Fishman Raines, Vice President of Programs, Erb Foundation
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Five sisters pour their energy into kickstarting juice biz

The five James sisters had a dream -- opening a raw juice stand in Detroit.

"Recently, all of us girls needed to have something to call our own. We just had the general desire to self-actualize and start something. We took our passion of health and wellness, and in particular, juicing, and turned it into a business," says co-founder Cait James.

They turned to Kickstarter, the crowdsourcing website which has quickly become Ground Zero for several of the city's dreamers and creators -- and raised over $13,000 from 151 different backers.

"Our original plan, just based on being the most economical and practical option, was to open up as a specialty vendor in Eastern Market. That's the project we pitched on Kickstarter," James says.

The overwhelming support they've encountered from Kickstarter followers, local entrepreneurs and members of Detroit's food community have the DROUGHT sisters re-thinking their original plan to begin with a vending stall at Eastern Market. They're now pursuing a commercial food license to take advantage of bigger opportunities on the horizon.

"The food stall is still definitely in the plans, but we've had so much interest and opportunities open up to us, that we have to amp it up a bit," she says.

Cait is currently bouncing between Detroit and Manhattan, but she's excited to set up this business in Detroit proper.

"Our focus is still on the city and the Detroit area. We're from the suburbs," she says, "but we all have a natural inclination to go to Detroit -- everyone for their own particular reasons."

Find out more about DROUGHT Juice here.

Source: Cait James, co-founder, DROUGHT Juice
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Round-Up: Spring brings yoga, coffee, senior housing

With spring in the air, lots of new businesses and developments are being whispered about around town. Here are more than a few that we've heard recently; look for more detailed coverage in the future.

Vixen Fitness is set to open Feb. 26 in Eastern Market. The studio will offer female-centric pole dancing, Zumba and belly dancing classes.

Movement celebrated its grand opening on Feb. 19 inside the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art on E. Forest. Expect yoga, dance, Tai Chi, Capoeira and bodywork classes.

On the same note, word is that another yoga studio is headed to the site of the ill-fated Sunflower Market and, speaking of markets, May is the month that we understand that Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe hopes to be open in Brush Park.

Onto caffeine: Bottom Line Coffee Shop at the Beethoven is in build-out mode, as is Astro Coffee in Corktown. Signs are up for two more in Midtown: one across the street from the Bronx Bar on Second Ave. and another at the Park-Shelton on Woodward just north of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Again, we'll keep you posted when we know more.

Finally, three senior housing projects, all along the E. Jefferson corridor, have been announced (in addition to Dickerson Manor, which Model D reported on last week!):
  • The former Omni Hotel will become Roberts Riverwalk Hotel and Residence. Half of the facility will remain hotel accommodations, but half will become senior housing. Read more about the plans at Crain's Detroit Business.
  • Two vacant industrial buildings just north of the GM-UAW Center for Human Resources will be converted into a senior citizen complex courtesy of Henry Ford Health System, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan and United Methodist Retirement Communities.
  • The former Riverview Hospital on E. Jefferson near W. Village was sold by St. John Providence to a group of investors that plan to develop the facility into a full-service senior center that includes a nursing home, urgent care center and even a barber shop and beauty salon. Read more at the Detroit Free Press.
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Translove Energies compassion center lights up Eastern Market

Michigan's changing marijuana laws are firing up a new growth industry in Detroit: pot. Model D has previously covered the Urban Garden Center in Southwest Detroit and plans to continue to write about compassion centers that have cropped up around town (there's at least three that we've noticed).

It seems appropriate to begin with Translove Energies, a compassion collective located in Eastern Market -- since one of the operation's partners is none other than John Sinclair, long an advocate for drug law reform. Since serving jail time in the late 1960's for giving a narc a couple of joints, he has been a very visible presence in the marijuana community.

Sinclair's partner in legalities is Holice P. Wood, a longtime resident of the Gratiot block on which the business is located.

By appointment only. Call 313-262-1886. Translove is located at 1486 Gratiot, on the Service Street Block. Read more about the block here, and follow the Metro Times' coverage of the joint efforts of Wood and Sinclair here and here.

Source: Holice P. Wood, Translove Energies
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

OmniCorp Detroit hacks into Eastern Market's energy

Detroit sure knows how to do incubators these days. There's arts (Russell Industrial), high-tech (TechOne), alternative energy (NextEnergy), small business (Elevator Building) and...well, a ton more. Now there's one for tinkerers in Omni Corp Detroit (OCD), a hacker space that has set up shop in Eastern Market.

First things first, what's a hacker space? It's a location where people interested in experimenting with electronics, technology, digital and electronic art can collaborate. Imagine a photographer working with a robotics expert on a mechanical arm that can take weird-angle shots. Or an illustrator working with a circuit-builder on slick graphics that clearly describe an esoteric signalling device. "It's a nerdy, muti-disciplinary version of an artists collective," says member Andrew Sliwinski.

The space's 3,000-square-foot ground floor will house welding and carpentry equipment, while the 5,000-square-foot second floor will have audio and photography studios, a kitchen and bathroom as well as an expansive main space with computers, couches and flexible work space that can host a variety of workshops. As it renovates, the team plans to respect the "original character" of the warehouse space, says Nina Bianchi, a graphic designer and educator that is a member of OCD.

The collective members, of which there are currently 20, each pay a monthly membership fee towards rent and improvements. Talents represented at the table include Bianchi, educator Sarah Trahan, photographer and set designer Kristine Diven, mechanical engineer Brandon Richards, computer whiz Ben Chodoroff, musician and robot enthusiast Anderson Walworth and Sliwinski, whose main interests include circuits and electronics. "It's a well-rounded group of skill sets," says Diven. "There seems to be ways we can work together and there's lots of crossover, and that's what's going to make us stick together as a group."

The Eastern Market location suits the team. It's quiet during the week and busy on Saturdays, perfect for noisy work and some public outreach. "(It's) a weird phenomenon," says Sliwinski. "It's the thing, other than sporting events, that draws people into Detroit -- and they're captive in this little neighborhood for an afternoon."

All of this plays into OCD's wishes to be a service of sorts to the community by offering learning sessions. There's one coming up on Saturday, August 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. when CMKT4 will present a workshop on Piezo-electrics, or contact microphones. The group will also do a live demo with their circuit-bent instruments.

Sliwinski's brother, Ted, is a facilitator at another developing hack space, Mt. Elliott Makerspace, that is a project of Earthworks Urban Farm. More on that to come.

Source: various members of Omni Corp Detroit
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Flower Day is this weekend; Eastern Market's Shed 3 renovations honored as work turns to Shed 5

Eastern Market's 44th Annual Flower Day is Sunday, May 16. If you've never been, is a treat for the pocketbook and a feast for the senses. Hosted by the Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association and Eastern Market Corp., Flower Day features over a million plants -- annuals, perennials, foliage, shrubbery, trees and more -- from more than a hundred flower growers from Michigan, Ohio and Canada.

While many of the growers are at the market weekly, having a day focused on just plants means a centering of expertise, says Michelle Miering of the growers association. "It gives growers the opportunity to sell their products, and it also helps to enhance the public with more knowledge," she says. "(The growers) talk to customers about how the product grows, how to plant it, what they might be doing wrong and what they're doing right in their garden."

On top of garden shopping, there will be five entertainment stages, a wagon-decorating contest, a Friends of Eastern Market VIP Station with free refreshments and massages (and yes, you can join that day), a children's area, and two free pick-up/drop-off stations to make hauling purchases a little easier. The majority of Eastern Market stores and restaurants are open for business, and there will also be a Taste of Flower Day Food Court.

Flower Day runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is Michigan's largest flower event, drawing 150,000 people a year. "Every single stall at Eastern Market will be filled, ... and there couldn't be a better place to have this event," says Miering. "Without Eastern Market on board, the event wouldn't be so fabulously popular. ... It's historic, it's got its own aura, and it draws some people just for that."

The newly-renovated Shed 3 will make its Flower Day debut. Its reconstruction, which was completed in November 2009, has netted the Eastern Market Corp. a couple of awards: a quality of life award from the Michigan chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a special recognition award from the Construction Association of Michigan.

This momentum is carrying over to Shed 5's modernization, which is next on the organization's agenda. Construction document production and fundraising for that project is underway. Plans call for the construction of a community kitchen that can be used by caterers and other food entrepreneurs.

Sources: Michelle Miering, MDFGA and Kimberly Hill and Randall Fogelman, Eastern Market Corp.
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Speaker series recap: Eating Green, from Garden to Grocery

It was a full house at Cliff Bell's for the Model D Speaker Series last Tuesday. Once again we teamed with Open City, and the event featured a panel that discussed some of the perks, quirks, and other challenges of opening and running a green food business in Detroit.

Panelists for the night included:

* Dan Carmody of the Eastern Market Development Corp.;
* Greg Willerer of Brother Nature Produce;
* Michael Solaka of Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe;
* Jason Kado of Sunflower Market; and
* Matt Naimi of Recycle Here.

Dan Carmody started the night off with a very informative overview of the current state of the country's food system. After noting several deficiencies of the food system, he stated that Detroit was poised to be a 21st century leader due to Michigan's vibrant crop production, the central distribution center of Eastern Market, and the necessity to create a new food infrastructure due to the city's lack of retail outlets. "Detroit is in a crossroads, at an opportunity to reinvent the nation's food system, which is in a state of dysfunction," he said. "We can do in Detroit what the rest of the county is going to need to do very soon."

Greg Willerer spoke of having his own 1.5 acre farm within the city. He said that he sells his produce to a number of local businesses in the area, something he sees as reflective of a systemic change beginning to creep into the food industry. Restaurants are moving toward more bio-diverse menus and away from the corn-based fare that has long been a staple of our culture, all while staying within a local economy. "If you take a look at those restaurants, they're committed to buying locally," he said. "They're not just buying from me but other local Detroit farmers."

Michael Solaka reminisced about the days his family originally owned Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe, saying that at the time the 3,000-square-foot store wasn't considered a gourmet grocer, though it did have its own unique goods and local products. Currently in the process of reviving the brand name at a new location (at the former Zaccaro's on Woodward), he said that he believes location and synergy will help the business succeed. "As soon as we signed our lease, two weeks later we found someone else was opening a store two blocks away," he said. "Which is exciting -- I'm not sure we have a food desert [in Detroit], but maybe we're a little parched." He said the city has 80 grocery stores, but it needs 80 more stores.

Jason Kado discussed his family's market business and the joys of connecting with customers. He said that one of the best aspects of being in the food industry can be the relationships formed over what people are eating and drinking. As his family is also currently involved in the process of opening up another store, he noted that one of the keys to success stems from the innovations made to be more accommodating to customers. An example? His family's new store will be opening up in the bottom floor of a Wayne State parking garage. "The university, with what they're doing with their parking structure, they're really trying to cater to their growing population," he said.

Matt Naimi talked a lot of trash -- literally. In addition to speaking about Recycle Here, he told the story of how his company, Michigan Green Safe Products, went from being a start-up to reaching the million-dollar-a-year mark in sales just three years later by greening large and small businesses alike. He showed that there are plenty of opportunities in the burgeoning green food industry and pointed out that it takes a certain way of looking at things to put them in perspective. "When you buy something, you're buying garbage," he said. "Obviously there's a product inside of it, but it's going to end up in the garbage or a recycling bin."

Writer: Ian Perrotta, Model D intern

Grab a shovel: Greening of Detroit to plant 1,750 trees by June 5

The arrival of spring heralds the digging of dirt, if The Greening of Detroit's ambitious 2010 schedule has anything to say about it. From April 10 to June 5, about 1,750 trees will be planted citywide in 14 separate plantings. Greening, in partnership with the City of Detroit's General Service Department, will plant 680 trees that will reforest neighborhoods affected by the Emerald ash borer infestation; And about a thousand trees will be planted with over 16 community groups and block clubs.

The schedule is as follows: April 10, University District and Annchester street tree plantings; April 17, Warrendale and E. Outer Drive; April 24, Trumbull and Corktown tree nursery; April 20, East English Village; April 22, Grandmont Rosedale tree nursery; April 25, Creekside; May 1, Boston Edison and Virginia Park; May 8, Beresford Block Club and Osborn Neighborhood; May 15, Hartwell and West Grand Boulevard; May 22, Ecclesia and Pallister Park; June 5, Ferdinand.

More than 1,000 volunteers will be needed; contact Greening at 313-237-8733 to sign up for a planting.

Greening's annual Tree and Shrub Sale will take place on Saturday April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at Eastern Market's Shed #6. Trees are $30 and shrubs are $20, with special rates offered to Greening members. Pre-orders are being taken now; order forms can be found at www.greeningofdetroit.com.

The Greening's urban agriculture initiative, the Garden Resource Program Collaborative provides training and resources to individuals, community groups and families that grow vegetable gardens. Interested individuals should contact Lindsay Turpin at 313-237-8733.

Source: Monica Tabares, Greening of Detroit
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Randy's Granola moves HQ downtown, now on the hunt for Detroit production facility

In another foodie victory for a potato chips kind of town, Randy's Granola has relocated to Detroit from the west side of the state. So far they've brought over administrative operations only -- the hand-crafted, all-natural, gluten free, vegan whole grain product is still made Grand Rapids. Co-founder and CEO Suzanne Vier is currently scoping out space in Corktown, Midtown and New Center for warehousing and eventually production.

Vier and college buddy Randy TenBrink founded the company in May 2009. Visiting home from New York City, where she was then living, Vier tasted some of TenBrink's granola and had what she calls her "A-ha!" moment. Burned out on the corporate life, she viewed starting the company as a reason to move back home and and a way to fully delve into her love of food. She then became determined to move the company to Detroit after being around the town's food entrepreneurs and realizing "that there are a lot of dynamic, exciting things happening in Detroit."

Randy's can be found every Saturday at Eastern Market, as well as at Mudgie's Deli, Kim's Produce and shops inside the Millender Center and the Guardian Building. In the suburbs, it's at Papa Joe's, Randazzo's and Holiday, Hollywood and Westborn Markets -- a total of 60 stores across the state along with several in Ohio and New York City. Varieties include Original, Lotsa Chocolate and So Very Cherry -- a product perfected through weeks of testing on customers at Eastern Market. At the market, says Vier, "You're testing your product on foodies, but also the palates of the local community."

Source: Suzanne Vier, Randy's Granola
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Community development organizations release right-sizing strategic framework

Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD) is comprised of community development organizations from across the city. They built houses before lofts were all the rage, paving the way for for-profit market-rate ventures and, now that the housing market is kaput, they've turned their sights on talking about what's next for Detroit. About a year ago, they formed a Futures Task Force, and the first deliverable is a document entitled "Neighborhood Revitalization Strategic Framework." It looks at the concept of right-sizing, down-sizing or reinventing Detroit -- whatever you want to call it -- and makes a set of recommendations that, hopefully, will guide policy-makers, elected officials and the funding community when they start tackling the heated issue.

"(The strategic framework) is about reinventing Detroit so that it is a better place for people to live in," says Tom Goddeeris, executive director of Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation and a Futures Task Force participant. "It's how to think about how to improve it in a way that recognizes that there is lots of vacant land, (there are lots of) vacant buildings and we don't have the population that we once had...We wanted to put forward an idea about the city that says that it can be a better place, a greener place, a more economically viable place."

The community development community has always operated on the notion that rebuilding a city means building more houses. The strategic framework they've released abandons that principle, instead looking at numerous different ways -- be that open space, greenways, urban farms or even traditional neighborhoods -- that Detroit might evolve. "These are concepts to get people thinking a different way as opposed to going back to some previous time where (success meant) more people and more businesses," says Goddeeris. Along with drawing other stakeholders into the conversation, he says a goal of the collaborative is to show that "there can be a vision for reinventing the city in a way that is looking to make it a better place, not as an exit strategy or a sign of defeat."

While the concept of right-sizing holds allure in some camps and -- shades of Poletown -- horror in others, Goddeeris stresses the point that much work can be done before relocation is even close to a reality. "There are parts of the city that we can immediately start strengthening and some that we can immediately start greening without having to displace a bunch of people," he says.

Source: Tom Goddeeris, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corp. and CDAD
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Intensive property survey captures state of Detroit housing, vacancy

The Data Collaborative, a joint effort by the Detroit Office of Foreclosure Prevention and Response, Community Legal Resources and Data Driven Detroit, has completed a landmark survey of residential properties in Detroit, and the results indicate that 86% of the city's single-family homes appear to be in good condition and another 9% generally only need minor repairs -- meaning that more than 218,000, or 95%, of the city's single-family homes appear to be suitable for occupancy.

While this number sounds heartening, Heidi Mucherie, executive director of Community Legal Resources, urges some restraint in interpreting the numbers. "We have some good-condition housing stock, an asset that we don't fully realize as an asset, and I'm glad that the study substantiates that," she says. However, she points out that large areas of the city have nowhere near these statistics. "This is a citywide aggregate number, and while we might be tempted to say things aren't as bad as we thought they are, (conditions have) changed over the last 10 years, even in traditionally stronger neighborhoods, and I worry about the aggregate figures painting too rosy of a picture."

A statistic that bears out Mucherie's temperance is that 26% of the city's residential parcels -- or 91,000 lots -- are now vacant. But she believes that knowing the good and the bad of where the city currently stands is empowering. "The way I've been thinking about it is that it paints a picture of a moment in time. ... It's only the start, not the ultimate answer," she says. "(These communities are) changing daily, especially neighborhoods hit by foreclosures."

Mucherie says the data collected is only as good as its upkeep and the community's buy-in, as in getting the "community engaged to collect updated information and track how it changes over period of time," she says. "One snapshot in time is not going to provide the answer for very long, but I'm excited about it changing the conversation."

Interested in checking out information about your house, block and neighborhood? Information is easily accessed by visiting www.detroitparcelsurvey.org and typing in a residential property address.

Source: Heidi Mucherie, Community Legal Resources
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Eastern Market continues transformation; Shed 3 improvements wrap up

Eastern Market continues to improve, shed by shed and block by block. This winter, Shed 3's renovations were completed, save a few minor punch-list items. The 30,000-square-foot shed, which was built in 1923, received new doors, indoor restrooms, additional water and electrical hookups and, most prominently, windows. A grand re-dedication of the facility will take place this spring.

The $5.5 million project was funded by the City of Detroit,  Bank of America, the Kresge, Kellogg, Hudson-Webber and General Motors foundations and DTE Energy. The project architect was Kraemer Design Group, the firm that is now busy with construction drawings for the next big thing in store for Eastern Market: the restoration of Shed 5.

With initial construction expected to begin this summer, Shed 5 will be renovated in two parts. First, a community kitchen will be installed in the Russell Street-facing portion of the building. The balance of the building will be renovated in a second phase. The overall project is expected to cost $4 million and will serve two purposes, says Dan Carmody, president of the Eastern Market Corp. "It will be the home for our flower and plant growers and, with the shared-use community kitchen, we hope to (help incubate) food-related businesses and offer more educational classes around nutrition and food literacy."

Future plans call for the construction of a year-round market hall between Sheds 3 and 5 (yes, there used to be a Shed 4 there). The geothermal system for the new building will also heat a radiant floor system that will be installed in Shed 3. In the meantime, Carmody says an interim heating system is being investigated. "The good news is, since it's now sealed up better, even without the heat it's been remarkably warmer," says Carmody. "It's really made it a much more useful facility through the winter, far improved from what it was."

Eastern Market Corp. is also busy ramping up the mobile farm stand program they began in 2009, which works to distribute fresh food from the market into neighborhoods that lack access to fresh food. Read more about the initiative here.

Source: Dan Carmody, Eastern Market Corp.
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

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