Nutritious food is one of life's most intimate necessities, yet there is such a large subsection within each of our communities that does not have access to healthy food. It certainly doesn't have to be this way. We need to put food on the agenda, and take real efforts to ensure that our neighbors are properly fed. Our organization has two primary goals.
First, we want to push city governments throughout the country to allow for herb and vegetable gardens in public parkways. This will benefit all communities involved because allowing gardeners to plant in parkways allows us to redirect land that would otherwise go to waste towards public health, allowing community members easy access to nutritious and therapeutic plants they would otherwise not receive.
Second, we want to work with city Farmers Markets and the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) so that low-income community members can use SNAP benefits at local Farmers Markets. The rationale behind this is simple--making healthy, nutritious food available to those of us who could otherwise not afford it. Several Farmers Markets throughout Northern California already accept EBT; this is amazing for community health, and should be practiced everywhere throughout the United States.
We promote community initiatives to plant neighborhood gardens, and work with community members to provide access to food and nutrients where they are lacking. We circulate petitions to push for parkway herb gardens and other sustainable food practices. And in collaboration with other local groups and orgs, we hope to push towards our goal of a food-friendly world. We are based in Northern California, but we hope to extend our outreach to communities all throughout the United States.