Jefferson Street Oasis Garden Partnership on The Children's Rescue Center Campus
Why A GARDEN?
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.
- Improve the overall food security of the community by providing a safe, reliable way to produce fresh, healthy, chemical-free food within that community
- Positively impact the health of the participants through meaningful physical activity and improved quality of the food they consume
- Educate the community about the limitations of the current food production system.
- Educate the community in the growing, preservation, storage and preparation of the food they grow.
- Provide the space, knowledge and tools necessary to facilitate the participation of residents of all ages.
- Improve the quality of the soil at the site(s) with the operation of a composting system
- Provide productive activity, possibly employment in the long term, for residents
- Provide the immediate community with an increased sense of neighborhood pride, community spirit, ownership and/or independence via this project
- Encourage self reliance principles for people in poverty, especially in terms of food
- Be deeply involved with the local community and community groups, such as the West End Neighborhood Association, local Children’s Rescue Center sites, food pantries, and other relevant groups.