IMPERIAL — With the number of businesses expanding in Imperial, the growing city added one more when the Sustaining Organic Living agricultural hub officially opened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 28. Several local residents attended the event to get a first look at what the new store has to offer.
Sustaining Organic Living is an agricultural hub created so members of the community can purchase fresh organic produce. The local business, in effect, makes every day a local farmers market.
Not only have the partners of the business made produce available to the public, but this market also offers workshops to educate people on the process of cultivating and maintaining organic gardens of their own.
“We are a small local business trying to present the public with a place to come and learn about how to eat and live a healthy lifestyle — starting with the food,” said co-owner Rene Pollard.
“The idea was to have a place for mothers to bring their children to do agricultural activities that children may not normally do at home,” Pollard added. “Educating the parents on techniques they can use to prepare and grow a garden of their own.”
The Sustaining Organic Living team is also in the business of supporting the local craftsmanship and items made by locals, by displaying their work. These novelty pieces range from hand-made purses to wooden candle stick holders, each representing the artistic style of each artist. Sustaining Organic Living also has plans to work with various local artists to paint murals on the store building, allowing them to leave their mark on the town of Imperial.
“We have had our doors open since November, and we have already had families come in with their children to learn and engage these youths in hands-on activities to encourage hard work and creativity,” Pollard said.
This new addition to the city of Imperial promotes agriculture, one of the Valley’s biggest commodities. With their work with children and adults, Sustaining Organic Living owners said they hope to continue serving the community while expanding their organic gardens and promoting a healthy lifestyle.