We Grow Microgreens Named Microenterprise Business of the Year

Boston-based company promotes urban agriculture and sustainable growing practices
Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Release Number: 
19-22
Contact: 
norman.eng@sba.gov, 617-565-8510

BOSTON – The Small Business Administration (SBA) has named We Grow Microgreens, LLC the 2019 Microenterprise Business of the Year for Massachusetts.

We Grow Microgreens LLC earned the recognition for successfully promoting urban agriculture in the City of Boston and significantly increasing revenue and net worth.  We Grow Microgreens, LLC was founded and operated by urban growers Lisa Evans and Tim Smith – specializing in growing highly nutritious microgreens and edible flowers using sustainable growing practices.  Their microgreens can be found at local retail stores such as Allandale Farm and the Village Market; in addition to sophisticated local restaurants including: Harvest, Ocean Prime, Oishii, Green Tea Café and Johnny’s Luncheonette.  The company also has a presence at Farmer’s Markets in Roslindale, Wayland, Newton, and Natick.  

We Grow Microgreens is an innovative small business that is changing the conversation around nutrition in urban communities,” SBA Massachusetts District Director Robert Nelson said. “Tim and Lisa have been organizing the community to promote urban agriculture in the City of Boston. We are proud to recognize their efforts.

Lisa and Tim have been receiving SCORE counseling since 2015 with mentors, Fred Definis and Michael Sandman.  The team also has taken part in several small business support programs run by: Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Council, the City of Boston, Inner City Capital Connections, and the Interise Streetwise MBA program.

We Grow Microgreens, LLC has been awarded several grants including: an Urban Agriculture grant to build a greenhouse from the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR); an Energy Efficiency grant from MDAR to make the green house energy efficient; a Community Preservation Act grant from the City of Boston to build a landscaped community walking path; and a National Resource Conservation Service award to build high tunnels.

We can’t emphasize enough how much this award not only belongs to us but to the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, Mayor Marty Walsh’s Neighborhood Liaison Bryan Flynn and City Councilor Timothy McCarthy and the residents of Readville for having the vision to incorporate an urban farm into the fabric of their neighborhood,” said Co-founder, Tim Smith.

Because of the good will of so many volunteers who wanted to see small commercial farming succeed in the City of Boston, the farm will expand their growing capacity by over six times with their new site in Hyde Park, on a piece of land conveyed by the City of Boston for farming.  A huge shout – out to Landscape Architect, Wes Wirth, Attorney, Dan Wilson and Architect, Maria McMorran who helped make this project possible,” said Co-founder, Lisa Evans.

 

The company was nominated by Alison Berglund, Instructor, Emerging Leaders Initiative (Worcester) and Interise Streetwise MBA from which Lisa graduated.

Co-Owners Tim Smith and Lisa Evans will be honored at the annual SCORE Boston / SBA awards luncheon along with other 2019 Massachusetts Small Business Week winners at Assumption College on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019.

 

 

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