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Community leader proposes urban farm in south Cape Girardeau

CAP GIRARDEAU, Missouri (KFVS) – An urban farm could arrive on the south side of Cape Girardeau.

The area of ​​Highway 74 and South West End Boulevard may soon become the site of a self-governing community.

A community leader wants to convert 16 acres of land into a farming community to help feed local residents.

The proposed farm on the south side would have a self-sufficient farm, a fresh produce store, housing and an education center.

Jimmy Wilferth, vice president of marketing at Saint Francis Healthcare System, said the project would only work if it had community support.

“You can’t come in and do something without being asked to do something,” he said. “And that’s been a key part of it all, with that mindset. Going to do something to someone is not the end result that you are going to seek. I want to work with someone, we in Saint Francis want to work with this community. Our whole community. Because the Cap Sud region, which is sometimes referred to as there, no, it’s Cap Girardeau, we are all in this community together.

He said the $ 20 million project was presented to city council on Monday evening, November 1; and in two weeks it will go back to council for approval.

If approved, the earliest date to start work on the site is November 16.

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