Urban Farming™ COMMUNITY AND GREEN SCIENCE GARDEN PROGRAM
The Urban Farming™ Community Garden and Green Science Garden program is a sustainable system that helps feed needy families of urban communities. Through the success of our urban gardens, Urban Farming™ has fed over an estimated 300,000 people. The gardens beautify the area and galvanize the community while alleviating the hunger problem. The gardens are planted on unused city and county lots of land in addition to donated and private lots, walls and rooftops.
**The Urban Farming™ Community Gardens are free for the surrounding residents whether they worked on the gardens or not and the demographic served is people who are starving and suffering from food insecurity.
**The Urban Farming™ Green Science Gardens are planted on school campuses (indergarten through college) and provide educational vehicles that are incorporated into the curriculum. The students learn about science, math, social studies, art, healthy eating and life skills. They also learn how to give back to their communities and the importance of giving.
The Urban Farming™ Community Gardens and Green Science Program objective is to get rid of hunger and poverty in communities by planting food on unused land and space. The community is also brought together through our vast, organized system of volunteers that adopt gardens and look after them with other groups of volunteers. The components of the Urban Farming™ Community Garden and Green Science Garden Project are designed to address the problems of hunger, blight, crime and education in impoverished communities. The gardens are installed and then serve as a catalyst for additional educational programs. The main elements of the program include:
1. Soil Sampling
2. Garden Prepping
3. Community Outreach
4. Garden Planting, Tending and Harvesting
6. Family and Community Development
These steps create healthier environments in all aspects of well-being in urban living. The citizens of the neighborhoods often comment on how the gardens have helped to sustain their families, restore hope to their lives and have instilled motivation and a new friendliness in the community. The Health and Nutrition Program is a big part of the garden experience as both youth and adults benefit from the direct experience with fresh produce. Two examples of the gardening projects that overlap with the Health and Wellness Program are:
- Organic Gardening/Gardens Hands on training
- Nutritional/Cooking Healthy Programs Fitness
In the spirit of the First Guiding Principle of Urban Farming™, which is Win-Win Relationships, we encourage you to visit the websites of some of the non-profit organizations we work with, as well as other non-profit organizations we think are cool and worthy of checking out! They are all doing something positive for our world, so please take a moment to check out as many of these links as possible!
We would like to thank all of the folks that are listed below for the wonderful work they are doing to make our world a better place!
Digging Deeper SF
Sailing the plastic sea, by David Knowles
Algalita Marine Research Foundation (AMRF)
Youth and Adult: