Good Life Growing

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is Good Life Growing?

Good Life Growing believes that an incredible transition to revitalizing blighted property is possible through urban agriculture. Due to the availability of space otherwise deemed vacant or undesirable there are an abundance of hidden resources in Urban Cities across the country. Our plan is to uncover those resources and utilize them in benefit of society as a whole. We propose to put into motion the necessary means of creating sustainable agriculture and learning hubs. Through growing food, job creation, education, exposure to agriculture, extensive hands on training, and providing healthy food to the community it is possible to create a functioning economy that satisfies the triple bottom line. With a blend of traditional Organic Farming, Aquaponic, Hydroponic, and Aeroponic techniques we will grow as much food as efficiently possible while using minimal resources. With a lot of hard work, a little luck, and some help from our friends we believe it is possible.

Company Leadership

James Forbes

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

I’m a lot of things: a risk taker, an adventurer, an opportunist; but most importantly I’m a “people person” in the sense that I love helping out in any way that I can.

I am the Co-Founder and CEO of Good Life Growing. We are a St. Louis based Urban Farming company with a conscious minded agenda to spread the Good Food Movement across the planet. Our goal is to blend diverse urban farming techniques with other methods of traditional farming. We have hopes of transitioning vacant property in to vibrant food sources and jobs. With a little luck, a lot of hard work, and the help of our friends we believe we can save the world one seed at a time.

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James E. Hillis, MS

Co-Founder & COO

Entrepreneur, advocate, and researcher with multi-industry experience in community development, stakeholder engagement, business development, university-community partnerships, grants, GIS mapping, urban agriculture, higher education, and the social sciences. A strong multidisciplinary background with a Master of Science (M.S.) from Creighton University and a current doctoral student in the Public & Social Policy Ph.D. program at Saint Louis University focusing on geospatial and policy analysis.

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Bobby Forbes

Co-Founder, Chief Product Management

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Matt Stoyanov

Co-Founder, Chief of Horticulture

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