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10 TO WATCH: Landmark Training Development Company

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Landmark Training Development Company

Mike and Karen Minnis are not those people who say, “We ought to do something.” They’re the ones who do it. Their Landmark Training Development Company grew from a desire to work with at-risk urban youth and to address what the USDA calls food deserts: urban areas where it’s difficult to buy affordable or quality fresh food. Their Orange Mound operation includes a food pantry, an urban outreach center, the Landmark Farmers Market and gardens that turn out two tons of produce annually. Youths doing community work mandated by the Shelby County Juvenile Court participate in their Urban Farm Training Program where they learn tools of urban agriculture such as beekeeping, composting, crop rotation, canning and more.

“We want to give these young people self-respect and a better focus,” Mike Minnis said. This summer, the couple won the state’s 2016 Small Farmer of the Year Award at Tennessee State University. Plans for 2017 include developing a catfish pond to be filled with Blue Channel Catfish. They also want to build an aquaponic facility that combines raising aquatic animals with hydroponic cultivation of plants in water.

“Eventually,” Minnis said, “we want to be capable of providing fresh food year round.”

Story by: Jon W. Sparks
Photo by: Troy Glasgow

Posted: 2/7/2017 10:21:23 AM | with 0 comments
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