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Hawaii: Urban Gardens Created To Address Food Insecurity In Honolulu’s Vulnerable Communities

Garden plots in Manoa Community Garden. CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2017

Public-private partnership, seeded with CARES Act Funds, empowers more than 1,100 individuals to grow their own food.

During WW2 Hawaii boasted this statistic: “The twenty thousand victory gardens in Hawaii, making about one for every 21 people, have helped towards Hawaii’s self sufficiency, as they now eat better than they did before the present war started.” (Source: Two Bells, Los Angeles Railway Thanksgiving 1943)

This press release was produced by the City and County of Honolulu.
Dec 18, 2020

Excerpt:

O’AHU — Working together with residents across O’ahu, the Honolulu Department of Community Services (DCS) organized the creation of urban gardens at seven City-owned, special needs housing locations this week. With the goal of providing sustainable, fresh produce for those facing food insecurity, more than 160 garden beds were crafted and 20 fruit trees planted through a Food Security-Scaping Program seeded with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds. The project will benefit nearly 1,100 residents from vulnerable communities including: previously homeless families & youth, k?puna, domestic violence survivors, and low-income families.

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December 22, 2020   Comments Off on Hawaii: Urban Gardens Created To Address Food Insecurity In Honolulu’s Vulnerable Communities

Greenies Urban Farm to donate 1,000 pounds of healthy superfoods to San Antonio families

Greenies’ 10-acre tract has been transformed into a greenspace that will eventually include demonstration and teaching gardens, an outdoor classroom and kitchen, a 300-person event center, and a farmer’s market

By Nina Rangel
San Antonio Current
Dec 17, 2020

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Two months after planting its inaugural crops, Bexar County’s Greenies Urban Farm will distribute its first harvest of superfoods to low income San Antonio families on Friday.

“It’s the right time to get the ‘food is medicine’ message out as vitamin deficiencies lead to … hospital beds taken during the COVID [pandemic] and flu season,” Precinct 4 County Commissioner Tommy Calvert said in a release.

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December 22, 2020   Comments Off on Greenies Urban Farm to donate 1,000 pounds of healthy superfoods to San Antonio families

Would you let someone grow produce in your yard, for food justice or for profit?

Jamiah Hargins, 36, founded Crop Swap LA in 2018 to redistribute an excess of homegrown fruits and vegetables to neighbors. Colleen Hagerty

Grassroots groups are helping people without land access join a yard-sharing program to grow food for their communities.

By Colleen Hagerty
The Counter
12.17.2020

Excerpt:

Hargins, a 36-year-old part-time talent strategist at the National Immigration Law Center, started growing food at home because he wanted more nutritious options for his family. He soon found that he grew more than they could eat, so he turned to social media to start a “crop swap” with neighbors who were dealing with a similar excess. Launched in 2018, Crop Swap LA has since moved towards a more expansive yard-sharing model.

“Really, our goal is to take unused space and farm it to create green jobs, sell that food, and create better health,” Hargins said.

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December 22, 2020   Comments Off on Would you let someone grow produce in your yard, for food justice or for profit?