Today in Saint Petersburg, Florida, three officials talked about plans to assist Tampa Bay residents with food insecurity. Alongside St. Pete Mayor Rick Krisemean and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried spearheaded the efforts. Commissioner Fried commented, “this partnership will help fight food insecurity while benefiting sustainability initiatives and the environment.” The timing is perfect since Florida has lost a lot of agricultural land to development. Citing this is an investment to feed more people in urban Tampa Bay more sustainable food. Brick Street Farms will work with Lykes Bros. to achieve this goal.
Brick Street Farms is a local Tampa company co-founded by Shannon O’Malley and Brad Doyle. Their mission is “always local, curiously fresh.” Brickstreetfarms.com states, “Our proprietary farms are highly integrated horizontal hydroponic systems. Entirely climate controlled (using off-peak power usage) and fully self-contained (no pesticides ever) inside a 40-foot freight container. We grow 2 acres of hyper-fresh produce using less water than the average tooth brushing session! We also grow in any weather, year-round, providing the healthiest wash free leafy greens you’ve ever tasted.” According to Lykes.com, Lykes Bros. Inc is “a leading Florida-based agribusiness with operations in both Florida and Texas.” Together, their mission is to expand hubs and create more nutrient-dense food.
When Mayor Kriseman spoke on Thursday, he was excited about the “hub of innovation and creativity.” He praised Brick Street Farms, calling it a “hub of innovation and creativity.” He elaborated, stating that the core values of Brick Street Farms dovetail with the city of St. Pete. He closed his comments by saying, “our mission statement talks about building a city of opportunity where the sun shines on everyone, and Brick Street Farms has been doing exactly that.”