To improve the food security and health of inner city Springfield residents by providing opportunity to 1.) be self reliant for a portion of their own food production, 2.) eat more fresh, healthy, chemical free food, 3.) develop new skill sets in food production, 4.) improve their economic independence, and 5.) engage in meaningful physical activity that contributes to their family’s and the neighborhood’s well-being.
Recent national and global events have, and will continue to be, factors in the availability of fresh, chemical-free, locally grown food. Economic decline and impending increases in energy costs are creating rising prices for food. Consolidation of food production and supply chains are creating “food deserts” for the inner city, leaving those residents primarily as recipients of highly processed food that is calorie sufficient and nutritionally poor. This is increasingly being shown to have a negative impact on human health.
To engage the local neighborhood in the creation, operation and management of an urban agriculture center that 1.) provides fresh, healthy, chemical free food for the community, 2.) teaches new skill sets in food production and food preservation, and 3.) teaches participants how to eat better given the limitations of the current food system. The urban agriculture center will employ methods that emphasize biointensive, organic, chemical-free food production, and will include elements of permaculture, water capture/reuse, season extension, composting, and sustainable/closed loop systems.
“Sowing Seeds of Independence”