A locavore is defined as someone interested in eating food that is locally produced, usually within 100 miles, and not moved long distances to market. James and Leigh Redmond believed that locally grown food is fresher, better tasting, more nutritious and provides a healthier diet than factory farmed foods that are picked green, doused with chemicals and transported thousands of miles. They called on HCC MSBDC/ITC for help with their concept of owning and operating a hydroponic greenhouse for the purpose of growing tomatoes. After researching the costs, the Director and the Redmonds worked together on a pro forma that was time sensitive to the growing season of the crop. The owners sought financing and were successful in getting a lease on unused 16 Section land in the town of Flora, MS. The business has created four jobs in its early stages with the anticipation that the MSBDC will assist them with expansion plans in the future.
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