US (NC): Winston-Salem picks food distribution nonprofit to run hydroponic farm

The Winston-Salem City Council awarded a two-year contract to H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem to operate the city’s hydroponic farm at Kimberly Park, almost seven years after the city first embarked on the project. The city will be paying almost $538,000 to H.O.P.E. over two years, with the city having the right to extend the contract for a third year if it chooses.

H.O.P.E. stands for Help Our People Eat. The nonprofit group was founded in 2014 with the mission of delivering meals to children on Sundays. The vote to approve the contract with H.O.P.E. passed on a 7-1 vote, with West Ward Council Member Robert Clark opposed.
Although Clark has long criticized the project as a too-expensive way to produce vegetables, Clark made no comments on the proposal. 

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