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- Develop food growing systems that develop economic power and resource sovereignty for urban and suburban communities, while prioritizes the needs of marginalized peoples.
- Worker and Community Owned Cooperative, oriented toward maximizing community ownership, community resources and community wealth, while minimizing hierarchal relationships and wage disparity.
- Urban cityscapes filled with food and beauty. When you walk down a city street, growing food will be the primary feature (not parked cars). More than 50% of food to be grown within a city neighborhood.
- Reconnect people to their food production.
- Nutrient Sovereignty and Zero Extraction. All the nutrients that are needed to grow all food for an urban population already exist within the city. Food waste and human waste, contains all the nutrients needed to grow food. There is no need to extract resources from distant lands.
- Food Visibility. Increase the visibility of food in our daily lives.
Today, the only places we see food are inside stores. This is not natural, but is a result of centralized industrial food production. People drive far to go to farmers markets, because it feels good to be in outdoor places where food is visible. We want to reclaim food as a natural and ubiquitous part of our environment.
- Decentralize and Localize food production.
Industrialization of food, turning food into a mass-produced product, demanded centralization of food production. Food like most products are not produced anywhere near where they are consumed. Consumers are disconnected from the labor and environment that produces the food. Therefore the labor and environment are usually exploited. We are going to change this by bringing food production right in the neighborhood where it is consumed. When it is integrated in people’s daily lives they will be invested and learn to be stewards of the work force and the environment.
- Food Security. Making optimal nutrition immediately accessible to everyone. Imagine, herbs, kale, lettuce and other veggies being available right outside your front door. Currently the most accessible food is junk food at the corner mart. When the most accessible food becomes fresh produce, people’s food choices will shift dramatically and will substantially improve their health.
- Community and Connection. When food is grown adjacent to where we live, we become stewards of that resource.
- Food Knowledge. We return to a society where almost everyone knows how to grow food because it is integrated in our daily lives.
- Creating meaningful ways of making a living. We’re creating employment opportunities within our community, that cultivate whole individuals and their connection to their community and environment.
- Decolonlize and re-wild the country. “Of California’s approximately 100 million acres of land, 43 million acres are used for agriculture.” “Of all private US agriculture land whites account for 96% of the owners, 97% of the value, and 98% of the acres”. 68% of all farmworkers were born in Mexico and the average individual farmworker income is about $13,500. We hope that moving agriculture into urban areas, can minimize our reliance on colonizer-lineage ownership, and destruction of environment.