When restaurants closed their dining rooms because of the coronavirus outbreak, Good Life Growing was left with a glut of vegetables.
It also had bills that couldn’t be paid if the produce was left to rot in the fields. Restaurants represented 90% of sales for the urban farming enterprise, which grows vegetables outdoors in St. Louis and East St. Louis and in an indoor facility on the north riverfront.
“We had to do something different or it was a countdown until we ran out of money and started laying people off,” co-founder James Forbes said.
The idea that would save Good Life’s 13 full-time jobs came to Forbes when he ordered some personal groceries delivered to his home. Why couldn’t Old North Provisions, a neighborhood store he opened last year on North 14th Street, become a hub to deliver fresh, locally grown food to people throughout the St. Louis area?
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