“I think my family will be glad to have me out of the dining room,” Margot Tennant smiled after getting the nod from Myrtle Beach’s Planning Commission to start an indoor urban micro farm.
Tennant has been operating Seedside Greens from her home in Plantation Point but she’s “kind of at max capacity.”
The business involves growing vegetables on vertical racks under grow lights, she explained. The vegetables are sold to restaurants such as Kindbelly Cafe and Fire & Smoke Gastropub.
Tennant said she is hoping to lease an 850-square-foot facility in the St. James Square area near the Food Lion off 38th Avenue North.
Her micro farm could be the first of its kind inside the city, if approved by the Myrtle Beach City Council. Tennant had to get the planning commission’s approval because micro farming was not included in any zone.
The planning commission is recommending it be allowed in mixed use medium density zones. It is also recommending a one-year pilot program so any negative impacts can be addressed. The pilot program is limited to six permits for urban micro farming and it includes a two-year amortization limit in case the city would decide they do not want micro urban farming allowed in the city.
Other limits in the pilot program include the production and growing has to be done indoors and the space can’t be more than 2,000 square feet.