Memphis, TN – May 10, 2010 – Due to the increasing cost in transportation, and the growing concern of carbon “footprints”, River City Management Group(RCMG) and their employees have taken matters into their own hands. The group has begun farming a 4 acre plot, as well as cultivating an Italian Honeybee population at Woodland Farms, in Holly Springs, MS.
Woodland Hills is owned by Missy and Rusty Hensley. When approached with the idea, Rusty said, “I think this would be a great opportunity for all of us.” Missy has personally planted a wildflower garden, as well as 3 additional acres of sun flowers. Missy is amazed with the beauty of what was, at one time, a winter wheat and wild onion patch.
The garden will produce a variety of herbs, onions, several types of squash, bell peppers, cucumbers, a vast selection of tomatoes, asparagus, leafy greens, strawberries, melons, and pumpkins. The garden should sustain no less than 2 restaurants for most of the second half of the year.
The honeybee colony should produce up to 400 pounds of honey over the next year. The honeybees are maintained and cared for by Director of Operations, Jim LoSapio, who stated “This is the most fun I have ever had saving the planet!” The nearly 40,000 honey bees that began the hive are expected to multiply over the next 2 to 3 years and should be producing up to 1000 pounds of honey by year 5.
RCMG President and Founder, Preston Lamm, has had many large gardens in the past but never on a scale such as this. “It’s great when my chefs and staff are willing to get together for something they believe in. This is going to be around for a long time if these guys have anything to do with it.” Preston cares very deeply for the environment, and sees this as an opportunity to help on several different levels.
Spindini and Mesquite Chop House are the restaurants that will primarily benefit from the garden. Chefs Joseph Cartwright and Michael Patrick (respectively) are giving their days off and any available free time to tend the garden.
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