New use for old building? Ely eyes indoor garden

Iron Range newsIn between arguments about mining, people in Ely, Minnesota, have been wondering what do with an old city building with historical significance but not much practical use. Hey, how about an indoor garden?

Organizers have come up with an idea to have an indoor farming operation in the former Ely Community Center, essentially a local farm that would supply fresh produce year-round to residents, stores and restaurants in the Ely area. It’s an offshoot of the locally-grown food movement, popularized in our area by the “many Lolas” of the Locally Laid egg farm near Wrenshall (which is awaiting results of fan voting for a free Super Bowl ad).

Workable? They’re still figuring that out. But it’s nice to see a town look for a way to keep activity, jobs and architecture intact within its core, instead of building out and dying from the inside like a sad little suburb. And hey, who wouldn’t like an indoor garden to visit when the weather is like it is right now?


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