Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Haven’s Project Storefronts Opens New Venue in Westville Neighborhood

March 19, 2014 (New Haven, CT)  - New Haven Economic Project Storefronts and Brad Armstrong, CEO of Urban SEED Ponics Lab wll host an official launch event on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.  Urban SEED Ponics Lab is located in the heart of Westville Village at 847 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT. The event is free of charge and open to the public. 

Brad Armstrong in the Huffington Post

The guiding mission behind Urban SEED Ponics Lab is to help cities, specifically New Haven, close the “food waste energy gap”. This means essentially using food and energy less wastefully while using waste more intelligently. Using hydroponics and otherponics-based gardening and farming as a way to grow micro-greens for local commercial markets or restaurants and as a method to create energy and grow food will achieve this.  Demonstrations and workshops on how to optimize underutilized spaces for urban farming will also be provided.

Urban SEED will also offer a challenge and an incentive for businesses signing on with the new startup. The first business to contract with Armstrong will receive a 20% discount and the opportunity for a customized, sustainable system along with suggestions for a plan to lower the contracted building's energy costs..  Further details will be announced at the grand opening event. Both the Urban SEED and the Project Storefronts programs’ recently garnered media attention in the Huffington Post.

Project Storefronts is a program that combines the city’s creative sector with small business development. It grew out of the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism efforts to diversify how they engage with artists and the community.  DACT partners with the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven and the city’s Office of Economic Development along with the State of Connecticut's Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts to bring this project to life. 

The retail space for this venue was generously provided property owner Lesley Roy.  Project Storefronts works with property owners for access to their vacant retail spaces. The project has been successful in helping landlords to rent their empty spaces. These spaces are then provided via a competitive application process to budding entrepreneurs, allowing them the opportunity to test the viability of new, innovative business and retail initiatives while also educating them about what it takes to be a successful businessperson. Project Storefronts is actively seeking new applicants and properties in various neighborhoods. Program staff will respond to direct messaging through Facebook.

For more information or to reserve space to attend Saturday’s launch, please visit the Project Storefronts Facebook Page.

New Haven’s Project Storefronts Opens New Venue in Westville Neighborhood

Urban SEED Ponics Lab Hosts Official Grand Opening Event