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Old warehouse transforming into urban farm

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

An old, abandoned factory in north Nashville is being transformed into a place where families can go green.

An anonymous donor recently gave an abandoned warehouse to Adam Selzer and the Green Loop group of Nashville.

"When we first walked into this space it was a blank canvas and it was a big one," said Selzer. "The idea is that this space will be a space for new ideas and business initiatives and where new ideas can become reality."

The Green Loop project plans to transform the Artistic Ironworks warehouse in north Nashville into a place where sustainability is available for everyone.

"That does certainly speak to how do you make it more convenient? How do you make it more economically affordable?" said Courtney Lawrence, Green Loop co-founder.

The vision for the space includes an idea lab where local entrepreneurs can brainstorm and educate the community, farmhouse dining, a commercial greenhouse and an urban farm led by Zach and Amy Winkler.

"It allows the kids to cut off the tomatoes and put them together and bring them home and that's what it's all about really," said urban farmer Amy Winkler.

The group is working on funding their vision, but they've had support from people like architect Rocky Arnold.

"This is the kind of space an architect dreams of," said Arnold.

He's leading a team of local architects who are donating their time to make this dream a reality.

"This project for what it's going to do for the community, for the state and Middle Tennessee. It just does so much we want to be a part of it," said Arnold.

The group hopes to have the Green Loop project completed by 2012.

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