The Wilt/Bloom Initiative is a non-governmental organization which concerns itself with transforming vacant spaces into usable public spaces that serve the greater good. The projects under this title will mainly involve urban agriculture, vertical farming, and community gardening, but may also include hydroponic and aquaponic projects. We are interested, not only in informing the public about how to do these things, but with helping them hands on.
At our first meeting we set our sights on the Powell Square building downtown. Since that's no longer an option, we’re hoping to start a rooftop/vertical garden at another site TBD. If this idea takes off the way we’d like it too then it could turn into something pretty big... We're hoping to garden on a roof of the building as well as on the inside. The city has a new sustainability plan and is selling LRA-owned lots for $5 for 5 years, but one of the most sustainable things we can do is start farming upwards instead of outwards. It’s just an idea right now but we’re hoping to grow crops, sell some of them at local farmers markets, and donate a portion to the needy. If we can centralize where our food comes from, and make it completely local, then we can cut down on emissions, cut down on the cost of paying to have food shipped to us, and support jobs within the city. Building TBD.