Columbia's City Roots wins national award for green business

December 20, 2012 

Ella Reidman, 8, of Columbia bobs for tomatoes at the Tasty Tomato Festival. Tomato lovers attend festival at Columbia's City Roots urban farm to sample tomato dishes, listen to live music, play 'mater games' and enjoy a cold beverage in the summer heat.

ROB THOMPSON — rthompson@thestate.com Buy Photo

— City Roots, perhaps Columbia’s best-known urban farm, has won a $5,000 award as part of a national green business awards contest.

The Rosewood-area business was one of a handful of finalists in Green America’s 2012 People and Planet Awards contest. The nonprofit membership organization held the contest this fall and invited supporters and members of the finalists’ communities to cast votes in their favor. The three businesses with the most votes were each awarded a $5,000 grant.

City Roots drew the most votes in the nation. It is the business’s first financial award.

Father and son team, Robbie and Eric McClam, plan to use the award to purchase solar panels for their indoor fish farm facility and equipment that will allow the business to focus on no-till farming.

-- Mindy Lucas

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