It has been nine months since the City of Dallas put more than $3 million on the line to lure a grocer to South Dallas. Surprisingly, no one has accepted the offer.
By Courtney Gilmore
Feb 10, 2017
City leaders are now looking for alternative solutions to bring fresh produce into food desert communities.
“If we can’t get the big grocery stores to come in, then we grow our on,” said Wilson.
Currently, they are scouting a few places to start an urban farm. There is a lot of land in south Dallas and the area is prime for redevelopment.
“One area we are looking at closely is off of Ledbetter near Arden Terrace. What I’m looking to do is create an urban farmers market so we can have fresh fruits and vegetables sold in the community. That would off-set the need of not having that in the community,” said Wilson.
He also believes the urban farm can be a good entrepreneurial venture. There are almost 50 community gardens that have blossomed in the city of Dallas since 2010.