Luke Snow has been a horticulturist for 20 years and finally formed his own company in April to “fill a more ecologically sound landscape niche, which is exactly where my heart is.”
Now, his FarmShop is going to have a Riverside storefront, too, at 1136 N. Bitting just down from R Coffeehouse.
“That will be our home base,” Snow says.
The less than 1,000-square-foot building used to be home to Studio 11 Hair and Beauty, a salon that moved north to 13th Street near Jeanette.
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Snow also plans to build a courtyard behind his building and renovate an apartment there to more than double his retail space.
“We will certainly have a vegetable stand,” he says.
The store also will sell garden and landscape decor, garden starter plants, organic products and decor for the fall and holidays.
“We are huge into Christmas,” Snow says.
FarmShop also does holiday light installation.
The company’s main focus is what Snow calls ecologically sound landscape maintenance services, edible landscapes and personal gardening services. Snow says it’s also a resource for information about chemical-free, sustainably grown food.
“We also grow a heck of a lot of food,” he says.
That includes herbs, vegetables, berries, micro greens and melons.
“Lots of watermelon and cantaloupe this year.”
Renovations on the former salon space are underway. Snow says the apartment remodeling is “where it gets a little interesting.”
“It’s going to take some serious renovation,” he says. “The end result is going to be just as cool as it gets.”
The initial space along Bitting will be ready in early summer.
Snow says he also plans workshops and classes “to spread the knowledge as much as possible” about organic and sustainable growing.
His wife, Amy, will be one of the instructors.
Though she handles the business side of things for him, Snow says, “She also has a passion for cooking with whole foods, canning and plant-based medicine.”
He says informational outreach is important to him.
“Education is a huge part of everything we’re doing.”
Snow also says promoting local people and goods “is specifically why we’re opening the retail shop.”
“What our company is is essentially a resource for local entrepreneurs,” he says. “The majority of what will go into our shop will be locally made, locally grown and locally produced.”
Snow says his business has created a network of growers, educators, service providers and consumers.
“Community is the key to everything FarmShop is.”