Inspiration was the theme of the day at Tuesday’s annual State of the City luncheon, where Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson announced that The Tidewater Builders Association Homearama will return to Suffolk this fall and that The Neighborhood Harvest will expand its operations.
“As mayor, I feel it’s my duty to look to the future to find balance,” Johnson said during the event, which is a fundraiser for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the last of five in a series from South Hampton Roads. “Every decision, every investment has been made with an eye toward the future.”
Homearama will showcase homes at The Creeks of Nansemond from Oct. 12-28. There are currently six homes and five builders that will be showcased, and the homes will be fully furnished and landscaped.
"This lovely new-construction community will provide a wide range in home prices featuring interior and waterfront lots perfect for those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors,” Johnson said.
The Neighborhood Harvest, the Suffolk-based hydroponic farm, will expand to a larger facility. A bulk of its operations will move into a 19,000-square-foot building at the Suffolk Industrial Park. The Neighborhood Harvest made an appearance in more ways than one at the luncheon, which was held at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront and Suffolk Conference Center.
“Your delicious salad, dressing and bread today was provided by The Neighborhood Harvest,” Johnson said. “How’s that for farm to table?”
The Neighborhood Harvest will continue to deliver fresh greens and locally sourced cucumbers, eggs, cheese, dairy products, bread and other items.
“They intend to diversify their offerings, with plans to invest in an on-site commercial kitchen model with the goal for it to serve as a communal kitchen for all ages,” Johnson said.
Johnson focused much of her speech on inspiring figures, accompanied by a video featuring such Suffolk luminaries as EVMS professor Dr. L.D. Britt, Suffolk Public Schools teacher of the year Katelyn Leitner-Black, Suffolk Small Business of the Year owner Richard Chaing and Team Hoyt marathon duo Michael Davis and Ashton McCormick. Click here to read more.