Organic Community Gardens

Organic Community Gardens

From Jacob's Heritage Foundation

Organic Community Gardens is an ongoing effort to purchase and convert vacant lots into green communities in Chicago!

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THE GREENING OF A FOOD DESERT:                                            

Building Community through Sustainable, Self-Sufficient Food Production   

We plan to use the funding to purchase more nursery herbs and spice plants and vegetables and fruit trees. Also we will offer our product to the community far less than grocery store produce, but at a price point were we can profit to by more vacant lots to continue our greening revolution.

What is a Food Desert? A food desert is a large geographic area where there is little to no access by the local population to healthy foods within a reasonable distance. Typically, a community’s status as a food desert is measured by the number grocery stores it contains. Food deserts often contain a disproportionate number of fast food and processed food outlets.

The community seeks to inform, engage, and transform their local environment by:

Recognizing the high prevalence of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and coronary disease within the community, addressing the need for nutritious, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables to counter and prevent the health conditions and diseases. 

The Quiet Revolution of Urban Agriculture

“There is a quiet revolution stirring in our food system. It is not happening so much on the distant farms that still provide us with the majority of our food; it is happening in cities, neighborhoods, and towns. It has evolved out of the basic need that every person has to know their food, and to have some sense of control over its safety and security. It is a revolution that is providing people with an important safety net where they can grow some nourishment and income for themselves and their families” 

“This Quiet Revolution of Urban Agriculture is providing an oasis for the human spirit where urban people can gather, preserve something of their culture through native seeds and foods, and teach their children about food and the earth. The revolution is taking place in small gardens, under railroad tracks and power lines, on rooftops, at farmers’ markets, and in the most unlikely of places. It is a movement that has the potential to address a multitude of issues: economic, environmental, personal health, and cultural.”

Organic Community Gardens seeks to develop community self-sufficiency in the production of key aspects of the community’s nutritional reserve, where community residents, especially youth, actively engaged in the planning and development of the necessary systems of production, distribution and consumption of nutritious, culturally defined and community-specific produce with the purposeful intent of being self-reliant and food secure in eradicating the sequelae of unnaturally caused illnesses in our community.

Work Force Development Proposal For Youth       

IRS paperwork / Guidestar Approved

Youth Culinary Restaurant Business Plan

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