Empowering the Less Fortunate to Grow Their Own Food
Backyard Farmers donates 15% of company net profits to help inner city families establish community food gardens on blighted city plots. This way more people can better nourish themselves and their families with healthy food they produce themselves. This helps break the cycle of relying on processed factory food that is all too often the only available means of sustenance for inner city families on fixed incomes. Growing their own food also helps educate and expose young children to all the thrills of watching things grow that they cultivate with their own hands.
City gardening is becoming increasingly important due to the transportation cost of food. Also in many sections of our inner cities, there are few if any options to obtain fresh produce nearby. We carefully select each area we feel warrants an investment in fostering first awareness and recognizing need, and then a location is selected. At this point is it imperative that a champion or leader for the project from the neighborhood be selected. From that point on it is up to the community to come together to grow their own food.
Backyard Farmers helps get things going by providing many of the necessary materials and systems needed to start food production. These systems will remain in place and more may even be added provided the local residents are caring for the gardens. If the care stops, then Backyard Farmers agreement with the community organization is such that the components will be re-located to another area in need where those individuals are willing and able to care for their gardens properly. No completely "free lunch" so to speak. Some sweat equity is required.
A vacant lot surrounded by hundreds of people desperately in need of healthy food choices is a terrible thing to waste. Backyard Farmers plans to change our inner cities one block at a time. By investing in your own backyard, you are not only improving your own food supply, but you are also helping the less fortunate become healthier and happier at the same time. In many cases, gardening becomes a way for troubled individuals to garner some much needed pride and self esteem.
In general it is our belief that helping to initiate community food gardens, where the surrounding residents take "ownership" of the gardens, is perhaps the most meaningful thing we can do for those in need.
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