Urban agriculture programs hold immense potential to be a vital part of a growing movement to bring fresh, nutritious, local food to urban residents. This farm project hopes to expand on its mission of feeding the hungry. Because so many families have been burdened with chronic poverty, many of the people served at Soup Kitchen facilities are families who are in need. We believe that a working farm is an ideal setting for modeling a socially just response to hunger.
Our "social justice" approach to food is rooted in a theory of community food security. Community food security is the ability of all community residents to obtain safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice. Partner up with other organizations to participate in a comprehensive approach to many of the harms effecting our society and environment.
Our outreach efforts support those who are looking for more informaton about the alternatives.
* teach classes on urban community gardening and beekeeping
* welcome visitor youth groups durig the school year and summer time
* encourage co-workers to participate in gardens and buy local foods
* present at various group meetings about the importance of beekeeping and environmentally sustainable agriculture
* involve local kids, and be an extension to their families with youth programs about nutrition, gardening and healthy living
Volunteers and participants come from all over to contribute work to the farm or learn skills related to community gardening. Community food security, however, requires to reach beyond these typical audiences, who already value local food, to include others who may not yet know how their food choices could promote accessibility of high quality produce in their neighborhood. To do so, of course, requires effort. Going door to door to talk with neighbors about opportunities to become involved in gardening programming because we know that some need a more direct invitation to visit the garden. Neighborhood open house events will be welcoming occasions where you introduce people to the pleasures and benefits of gardening. Fostering this type of informaiton sharing and relationship building activities will inspire communities to make changes toward building a more just food system.By implementing ideas which include operating a mobile market to ditribute fresh foods to the elderly in the neighborhood and building enabling gardens at senior care facilities. We envision this as an opporutnity to nurture caring relationships, share gardening skills, promote food system literacy and share thoughts.
Implement ideas which include operating a mobile market to distribute fresh foods to the elderly in the neighborhood and building enabling gardens at seniior care facilities. We envision this as an opportunity to nurture caring relationships, share gardening skills, promote food system literacy and share thoughts.