Peoria helps break ground for stormwater farm project
Peoria recently joined project sponsors in breaking ground for a stormwater farm with green infrastructure that will absorb stormwater and help prevent overflows in the sewer system, a city release said.
The project on the Well Farm at Voris Field is a public-private partnership that will see the city work with Fresh Coast Capital and the gifts in the moment (gitm) Foundation, the release said. The project was made possible through a $1 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“(Fresh Coast Capital has) been honored to be a partner to the community and the city in developing this program and can’t wait to see this site begin to take shape as construction, planting and apprenticeship training begin,” Fresh Coast Capital Co-founder and VP of Community Partnerships April Mendez said in the release.
The Wells Farm project will eventually include an urban farm and training program for area young people, teaching them through agricultural apprenticeships, the release said.
“This ground-breaking ceremony marks the beginning of the construction of not just what the site will look like, but of the community we build around it,” Dwayne Harris of the gitm Foundation said in the release.