Fresh Foods for Us: Growing organic in the Southside community

  • Location
    Tallahassee, Florida
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The Problem

With this project, our goal is to help spread awareness on the benefits of gardening and nutritional education on eating healthy and organic foods to more K-12 and college students. The FAMU Student Community Garden was founded and operated by student members on March 22, 2014, as a non-profit initiative to help tackle the food desert issue in the South side community of Tallahassee. This was made possible by a kick starter grant from Green For All and the support of Dream Defender and Rethink Energy Florida members. the Since then, we have grown to over 60 student members and have donated over 200 lbs of produce to our members, university faculty, families and the Sowing Seeds Sewing Comfort Ministry church group. We also applied for the Siemens Group's "2014 Student Sustainability Grant Competition" through the FAMU Sustainability Institute in October of 2014, which were we awarded a grant! We were able to use $1500 to implement our 2nd garden plot at the K-12 school FAMU DRS, in April 2015, and hosted a "Grow Your Mind" field day event to plant in grow boxes we built and teach the youth about gardening and composting. Our objective with the Roots & Shoots grant and "Food for Us" will be to continue our initiative to grow healthy organic produce, expand our gardens, and increase our efforts to educate and inspire youth in agricultural and sustainability.

Our Plan

As an active group, we organize meetings, utilize social media and participate in community events to increase our visibility and recruit more volunteers for our campaign. We have already hosted our first fall planting event and planted young cabbage and collard green seedlings in the ground that were donated to us. Currently, we had our second fall planting event on Sept. 26th, where we will plant carrot, cauliflower and pumpkin seeds. We are actively communicating with more organizations and groups to collaborate new ideas, and increase our community impact for the greater cause of healthy and accessible food for all! We are also seeking to gain more support of K-12 schools, youth and church groups. The resources from earning this grant is helping to make the progressive of the food justice movement all the more real, tangible and possible in our local community and beyond.

Themes Addressed

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    Food Choices
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