A Mount Rainier native is building a greenhouse on an empty lot to start an urban farm.
In 2016, Doug Adams bought some land next to his childhood home in the heart of Mount Rainier and began growing food in container gardens. Now he’s ready to get a lot more ambitious for what he calls New Brooklyn Farms.
By this summer, he plans to build a 30-foot-by-48-foot high tunnel hoophouse from scratch on the site in order to grow a select variety of rare and specialty herbs, peppers, greens, and flowers.
That’s in addition to what he’s already growing: lemon thyme, microgreens and a rare Trinidadian pimento pepper.
Adams, who works for a New York City-based ad agency and previously ran a juice and smoothie business, said his goal is to be a source for small businesses along the Route 1 corridor, while using the front portion of the farm as a public green space and renting it out for private events.
“I built upon my existing passion for fresh, local food and strategized a vision to repurpose the space as the area’s first urban farm, community green space and sustainable agriculture/green infrastructure education and experience platform,” he told the Hyattsville Wire.
If you want to follow his progress, you can check out his active Instagram page.