Updated: Mar 5
The tragedy of our food system is that we grow more than enough to feed everyone. The problem is the logistical challenge of distribution is gigantic. Food is grown thousands of miles from where it is eaten and touches many hands on the way to the consumer -- the farm laborers, transports, processors, distributors, retailers, chefs, and end users. When you factor in getting to people in need, there are additional steps to take, particularly for people without transportation or reliable housing. Too often, it just doesn’t happen.
Simply put, the biggest barrier to healthy food access is the distance between where it’s grown and where it’s consumed. Our goal is to grow culturally relevant food as close to where it’s going to be eaten as possible by engaging the community and offering educational resources to help people grow as stewards of their own landscapes. By re-establishing our connection with nature, we can unlock the tools we need to feed people.
There are opportunities all around us to create abundance. We spend millions of dollars mowing grass and planting Crepe Myrtle trees (no offense to either but COME ON!) as residents, landowners, parks, schools, churches, etc. Our solution is combining landscaping and agriculture models to integrate food systems into our communities.
We believe that the best way to solve food insecurity is to train people to reimagine spaces with the lens of food, ecology, and community. Opportunities to grow healthy, local food are all around us, including the lawns of most American households and large, grassy fields at our public schools. We have tremendous resources at our disposal that are currently unproductive and underutilized. Additionally, we have indoor spaces that are unsafe for people to gather in and don’t have a great carbon footprint. Everything is up for reimagination.
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