Although the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted normalcy, our urban farming and agricultural efforts are flourishing, and we continue to reach milestones! The overall purpose of the garden is to promote healthier eating, to create more food accessibility for the local community, and to decrease health disparities. Cherry tomato, onion, broccoli, okra, watermelon, and squash among many other fruits and veggies are currently in the ground! According to Farm Manager, Otis Wright, “we have about 500 plants in the ground, and we are planning to have more produce like Mississippi top-pick purple hull peas planted soon.” Mr Wright is looking to attract more customers due to the increase in produce variety compared to last year, and he wants to supply produce to restaurants and businesses inside of the mall. The farm has expanded on both the Bailey Ave. and Livingston Rd. sides of the mall.
The state is currently in the midst of the shelter-in-place mandate, so the garden is not open to the general public as of now. In the meantime, Mr. Wright encourages families to try “small space” gardening at your home or apartment. “Utilize what you have at home like buckets for planting. As long as you can provide enough space in each container, you should be able to yield enough produce to feed your entire family.”