Community Gardens, Economics, and Food Deserts

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The Problem

Community Gardens, Economics, and Food Deserts is a Commitment that nominally focuses on food security, economic access, and sustainability. Access to food has historically been and remains a pertinent global issue. Quality food access is an issue that manifests and negatively impacts many other epicenters of our societal system. Food deserts disenfranchise community members and have a spiral affect visible in community aspects of health, crime, and economics. Focusing on community food security, while implementing a food source that is both agriculturally and economically sustainable serves to the environmental and financial benefit both local community and larger global societal needs.

Plan of Action

Community Gardens, Economics, and Food Deserts is a Commitment seeks provide both sustainable food and economic resources to a mutually impoverished and food desert community in Greensboro, NC. This Commitment nominally focuses on food security, economic access, and sustainability. The garden will serve both as a food source through crop cultivation, and an economic system through food sales and community employment. Focused towards youth ages 11-22, residents will work in the garden to earn income, and cultivate applicable job skills for future economic opportunities. • Month 1 – Find a community partner willing to have this project implemented in their community o Attend neighborhood meetings o Pitch the idea  Have written and electronic materials o Create a source of reference  Email, facebook, twitter, blog o Ensure community selected will have program fidelity  Is space available for gardening?  Are their willing participants to sustain the garden?  How long will they be committed for?  Is there a true need? • Month 2 – Community Garden Planning Education o Provide community with specific gardening plans  Location  Work needed to implement  Work needed to sustain  Harvesting  Selling  Storing  Accounting • Bank • Payments • Etc  Policies & Procedures o Advertise for positions at the garden  Hiring • Expectations • Education • Policies & Procedures • Training • Month 3 o Plant the garden • Month 4 & 5 o Full project implementation

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