Urban agriculture is a complex system encompassing a varied spectrum of interests from a traditional core of activities associated with the production, processing, marketing, distribution, and consumption, to a multiplicity of other benefits and services that are less widely acknowledged and documented. Benefits include recreation and leisure; economic vitality and business entrepreneurship, individual health and well-being; community health and well being; landscape beautification; and environmental restoration and remediation.
Areas of Implementation:
- Urban Community Gardens – Promoting healthy eating and subsequent sustainable lifestyles and facilitating mentorship opportunities between senior and youth populations.
- Urban Farmers Market – Introduction to an entrepreneurial bridge via the harvest of organically cultivated agriculture in urban areas
- Workshops and Demonstrations – workshops targeting key elements of organic cultivation conducted by industry experts; and cooking demos (featured chefs demonstrate the culinary use of fresh produce in cost effective preparations).
- School Programs– Youth Education – Outdoor community classroom motivating youth and seniors to optimize the use of unused land for cultivating sustainable food production.
- Cooking Camp – “Community Kids Cook w/ Chef Tarsha” – a healthy food education program with its target demographic focused on urban community youth.