New Urban Farm in Historic Westside Brings Locally Grown Produce to Underserved Community, Promotes Sustainability and Inclusion
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The opening of the Urban Farm at James Gay Park is an important event for the LGBTQ+ community in Las Vegas as it promotes community building and addresses issues of food insecurity in the area. The community-based urban agricultural farming facility, which is funded by a $500,000 donation from MGM Resorts International to The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, aims to provide locally grown produce to the area and build community. The ribbon-cutting event, hosted by Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and Councilman Cedric Crear, will also feature Jyoti Chopra and Anthony Williams from MGM Resorts International, who are instrumental in supporting the urban farm project.

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The new local food source is expected to help tackle food insecurity in the area, which is a concern for many LGBTQ+ individuals who may face challenges accessing nutritious and affordable food. The Urban Farm at James Gay Park is the first of its kind in the city and will provide approximately 320 square feet of growing space, producing output equivalent to nearly 3.5 acres of farmland or eight tons of produce. The containers are capable of growing a variety of crops, including lettuce, leafy greens, herbs, vining berries, vegetables, rooted vegetables, and flowers, which are needed and desired by the Historic Westside residents.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 12, at 2 p.m. at the Urban Farm at James Gay Park, located at 1500 B Street near Jackson Ave. Suggested parking is available at the Historic Westside School across the street. The event will be attended by key officials from the City of Las Vegas and MGM Resorts International, as well as community members and supporters of the urban farming project.