Remember that idea we had back in January about Rickshaws delivering produce? Yup, it's alive and well in Goldsboro, NC.
Back in January, we called for local Rickshaw companies to step up and start delivering produce around downtown and to neighborhoods. While seeming like a bad idea to some, Oak City Cycling has started carting around some produce from Raleigh City Farm to local restaurants. And now, it looks like Goldsboro has caught the idea by the horns, using local teens to deliver produce to lower income neighborhoods.
Hey Raleigh, here's a second call to get your butts on your bikes and take a hint from Goldsboro.
From the N&O article.
The rickshaw project is being paid for by a two-year grant of about $50,000 from a U.S. Department of Agriculture fund aimed at boosting farmers markets.
It not only strikes a blow for nutrition, but also against unemployment among youth, all while expanding the marketing reach of local farmers, said Shorlette Ammons, who works for a Goldsboro-based partnership between N.C. A&T University, N.C. State University and the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Her organization, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, spearheaded the Ped’ler project.
Ammons said organizers hope the program will win over enough customers and farmers that it becomes self-sustaining.