Developing Community Eco-nourishment Practice in Food Deserts!
Developing community eco-nourishment practices in food deserts!
waking up on a Saturday, hungry. There is nothing in the refrigerator and you don’t have reliable transportation. Your children will be up soon and you don’t have enough food to provide them with a nourishing breakfast. The closest grocery store is over a mile away, however, there is a gas station on the nearest corner… What would you do?
As dire as this may sound, this is the reality for many in urban areas in America.
With limited choices, many find themselves having to decide whether they would walk the extra distance for healthier items or if they would opt for the expediency of the gas station, filled with processed foods. This lack of nutrients, especially fresh produce, is a contributing factor to both childhood and adult fatal illnesses and diseases.
According to the USDA, a food desert can be described as a geographic area where a residents’ access to affordable, healthy food options is restricted or nonexistent due to the absence of grocery stores within 1 mile traveling distance.
Gardens In Deserts will bring access to healthy produce and health education to the communities we serve.
Holistic health begins with what we consume!
Through the #GID initiative, we aim to strengthen the communities we serve by educating youth on how to live off of the land. Specifically targeting communities that do not have access to healthy and affordable food, our gardens are developed within a .5 mile radius of an educational institution which gives easy access to students.
This initiative also incorporates a harvest celebration filled with live music, catered food and guest speakers who inspire and educate the community on the importance of living off the land.
#TgC will develop a garden construction and maintenance plan that is unique and suitable for that particular environment and community.
After construction, planting and tending will be sustained by community residents and our #TgC team of staff & volunteers!
PARTNER WITH US!
Individuals, communities, townships and counties who have identified parcels of land that are prime for revitalization.
WHO CAN HELP?
Urban Farmers & Agriculturalists
Interns & Volunteers