Tuesday, April 9, 2013

African Americans and The Grow Your Own Movement

I have been so excited to see more and more African Americans Teaching  folks how to grow their own food!  A Facebook Friend and Local Urban Farmer and Community Educator, Jungle Jay just inspired me to share these various accounts and look for more :) Jungle Jay is the Head Honcho at Beacon Community Garden. This makes me happy for many reasons. Primarily because I love people getting into this and sharing this, another reason is because I know that food is used against us and it makes so much sense for everyone to become more self sufficient and Lastly because African Americans are consuming more fast food than anyone else in America. 
African Americans between the ages of 20 and 39 were shown to have the most fast food in their diet when compared with their Caucasian and Hispanic counterparts, as one-fifth of their calorie intake came from quick service restaurants”, reports Afro.com.

 The prevalence of obesity among African Americans is 51% higher than for whites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A national medical journal study found that the prevalence of obesity is 26% for black girls ages 6 to 19, compared to 15% for white girls in the same age group. Also, 37% of black men are obese, compared to 32% of white men, and 7% of black men were extremely obese, compared to 4% of white men.“The overabundance of fast food and the lack of access to healthier foods have increased the African American community’s vulnerability to food-related death and disease as compared to whites,” said Andrea Freeman, author of the California Law Review article “Fast Food: Oppression through Nutrition.”
Read more at http://madamenoire.com/107406/how-fast-food-companies-%e2%80%9csuper-size%e2%80%9d-african-americans/#XYo5IwPZ2X7XIpcY.99 
There is a direct link between Cognitive Development and nutrition and frankly I am sure that the fast food industry is trying to make us all dumb then dead, and it pisses me off. So Anyway, I am going to list several videos with African American Grow Your Own Movement Leaders!

 Check out FRESH, the documentary that stars Will Allen, at www.FRESHthemovie.comhttp://www.growingpower.org/
 Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys." Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.’s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating.http://ronfinley.com/ 
 In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy. Majora Carter redefined the field of environmental equality, starting in the South Bronx at the turn of the century. Now she is leading the local economic development movement across the USA. http://www.majoracartergroup.com/

  The story On a plot of soil, nestled against the backdrop of skyscrapers in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, a group of residents are turning a lack of access to fresh produce into a revival of old traditions and self-empowerment. HABESHA Gardens is one of many urban gardens sprouting up around the country. Fruits and vegetables are thriving in this community garden located in an economically depressed area of the city known as Mechanicsville. But the garden serves an even greater purpose. The harvest helps feed some of the neediest members of the neighborhood. "It's a reawakening going on. It's almost like it's a renaissance," says Cashawn Myers, director of HABESHA Inc. "There's a Ghanaian proverb that says Sankofa. Sankofa means return to your past so you can move forward. Even if you look at coming over here during our enslavement, we were brought here to cultivate the land because that's something we did on the continent. So really, that's what many of the people are doing now," he said. http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/06/29/bia.urban.farming/#cnnSTCVideo

Further Links to connect African Americans and Farming:
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Further Reading:

And we can't forget the Urban Farming Guys:

 Epic story of about 20 families that uprooted from suburbia and made their homes for good in one of the most blighted neighborhoods in the U.S. Lykins Neighborhood 64127 Inner City KCMO to invest their lives into the youth and poor. We've seen it all, yet together as Lykins Neighborhood we believe there is hope. And the game is changing, Crime is dropping! 21% over the last 2 years and the adventure continues to unfold. Follow the story at TheUrbanFarmingGuys.com Featuring Aquaponics, Neighborhood Transformation, Permaculture, Urban Farming and lots of fun taking back the neighborhood. Come join the conversation on Facebook : http://on.fb.me/theUFGs and the Blog at http://TheUrbanFarmingGuys.com

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Seed What You Need~ Tara and Sara

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