Pop-up Produce Stand Wins Contest for Ideas on Using Vacant Commercial Lots

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reports that Sankofa Community Development Corporation, a health-oriented community group, won the Lots of Progress contest for ideas on using vacant commercial property on Tuesday. The competition was organized by Propeller, a social entrepreneurship incubator in Broadmoor and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, which manages the land involved. The prize comes with $5,634 towards creating a pop-up produce stand that is planned for an empty lot in the Lower 9th Ward. The produce stand, at 5029 St. Claude Avenue, will sell fruits and vegetables from locally based growers and also offer classes on health, fresh food preparation, urban farming and gardening for storm water management. Organizers say the stand could be operating in three months. The judges were Charles Rice, president of Entergy New Orleans, Tara Hernandez, president of JCH Development, and Sean Meenan, founder, of Café Habana and Habana Outpost.

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