“Local food cannot be Walmart-ed,” Henderson said.
Henderson said Logansport can also capitalize on its empty storefronts and turn them into businesses related to the farms.
“We’ve got a lot of buildings empty that can be conformed to create the various economics that meet local agriculture,” he said.
At Franklin Elementary School, Henderson said the project will be teaching third graders how to plant in small plots of land at the school in the springtime. In the summer and fall, he said he hopes the children bring neighbors and parents to help harvest the crops.
Henderson said he hopes to begin planting at Ivy Tech in April. He said the number of acres they plant will depend on the number of volunteers they get.
Chris Armstrong, Logansport’s community development director, said after the meeting that the city has been thinking about community gardens for a long time.
“We were trying to figure out if there were any lots of city land he could use,” Armstrong said.
She said she believes the project will benefit the city.
“It’s fantastic,” she said.
Barbara Wolfe, a Logansport real estate agent who attended the meeting, said she hopes the program can be expanded to help children who are now receiving food from community programs and teach them to learn how to grown their own food.
“My theory is you can’t do this forever,” Wolfe said.
Henderson said he is continuing to look for partners for his project, and is encouraged by the support he has received.
“I’m amazed at how fast things are falling into place here,” Henderson said.
Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.