Urban Acres Produce
Retail and Wholesale Distribution
Create an entrepreneurial spirit, jobs, and provide accessibility to fresh grown produce at a local market, at very competitive prices for the residents of Wilmington, Delaware. Provide high level jobs and service and build strong relationships for the citizens of Wilmington, De. 19801. Our goal is to introduce a healthier way of eating to adults and children.
Urban Acres Produce is a community ran LLC which was founded for the purpose of addressing the lack of convenient access to healthy foods in low income sections of the Eastside and Northeast
This initiative is designed to enhance the distribution of Delaware fruits and vegetables to non-traditional and underserved markets in the state with the establishment of a local-focused distribution network linking Delaware producers with Delaware restaurants, schools, small retail outlets and other institutional outlets.
Church Street Community Garden
Home of Urban Acres Garden
This year, through Urban Acres, Central Baptist Community Development Corporation took another major step in implementing our comprehensive community plan. Four parcels within the target area were transferred to Urban Acres Produce, the LLC subsidiary of Central Baptist CDC. The properties were donated to Urban Acres Produce by the Wilmington Housing Partnership as their contribution to the Eastside community stabilization effort. Vacant for many years, the properties are now set to become the centerpiece garden of the Eastside. Construction on the grounds will transform the property into a community garden where residents will have the opportunity to grow their own vegetables, and participate in other community activities in the garden in 2017. A production garden where locally grown produce will be sold by Urban Acres Produce will be another economic development benefit of the project. As with all Eastside Rising initiatives the Urban Acres Community Garden will create jobs and enthusiasm among community residents.
Central Baptist CDC/First State Community Loan Fund
Small Business Development and Entrepreneurial Training Course
Other economic development activities include our collaborative effort with First State Community Loan Fund a Delaware CDFI. The collaborative was initiated, to develop small business on the Eastside. Through this collaboration small business development activities and entrepreneurial training which will be held in the Eastside community. The workshops target Eastside residents and provide an overview of First State CLF programs, (Women’s Business Center, Hispanic Business Development Program, Small Business Lending Programs, Retail Assistance Program, and One-on-One Consulting) which, are available for people interested in starting or expanding a small business.
These courses include business planning and other industry specific trainings (such as marketing, accounting, social media usage, how to structure your business). One-on-one business consulting will also be made available to existing Eastside business owners and individuals interested in starting new businesses