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Health and Wellness program

The Urban Farming Health and Wellness program provides workshops on issues such as childhood and adult obesity, food and nutrition, healthy life choices and fitness. The obesity problem in America partially stems from a lack of knowledge about health eating and from living in communities that have no access to healthy food. There are mental health issues that go hand and hand with this problem and are linked to the distressed mindset of poverty conditions which lead to eating disorders. By planting gardens, teaching about healthy eating and personal responsibility as well as providing hands on experiences with fresh produce are examples of how the Urban Farming Health and Wellness Program helps serve the community. The Urban Farming Health and Wellness goal is to fill a void in our urban areas that lack the necessary means and resources to provide families and individuals access to information and services regarding preventative and complementary methods of health and well-being. Our program empowers citizens to take personal responsibility for their own health and the well-being of their families. It is our goal also to empower suffering families and provide to them the necessary tools to lead healthier, productive and sustainable lives. As a part of the Health and Wellness Program, Urban Farming has hosted health walks, workshops on food and nutrition and fitness and in a pilot phase, is currently sponsoring four Detroit residents to work out with a trainer and work with a nutritionist to help them lose weight. Two of the residents are former smokers and as a part of this program, they have each committed to stop smoking as well. Additionally, Urban Farming has engaged thousands of volunteers across the country and abroad in the Urban Farming Gardens which provide a healthy, outdoor, hands on experience with fresh produce.

Environmental Justice and Green Collar Jobs

Good stewardship of our Environment and Green Collar Jobs are two key areas of focus for our future and the time is now to implement education and training in these arenas. The Urban Farming Environmental Justice and Green Collar Jobs Program features workshops and training on the subjects of Environmental Justice and Green Collar Jobs. The objective of this program is to train the next generation of leaders and technicians in the Green Collar Jobs fields and help provide job opportunities for the communities we serve. The shift to alternative energy in our future will require immediate knowledge and training of people in Green Collar careers. The Urban Farming Community Gardens provide an excellent catalyst for reaching out to the community to spread the word about this forthcoming arena of career opportunities. The gardens are training grounds for urban agricultural jobs and the program will offer a wide array of opportunities with an emphasis on environmental justice and good stewardship of our planet’s resources.

Urban Farming facilitates education and job training which creates employment opportunities where jobs are scarce. Individuals who have previously experienced difficulty finding jobs will gain crucial training and experience that can prepare them for the life sustaining careers of the future of the new green economy. Coordinated partnerships with entrepreneurial non-profits and for-profit companies also contribute to the development of a green economy and revitalize environments in the heart of the most distressed urban and metropolitan areas. Urban Farming works with Green Living Technologies which specializes in green roofs and walls. These growing systems significantly increase the quality of the food Urban Farming is able to produce as well as flexibility in selecting planting locations.

In 2008, Urban Farming worked with Green Living Technologies to put four Edible Walls in Downtown Los Angeles. The walls were sponsored by The Annenberg Foundation, Warner Brothers Pictures and the Los Angeles Beautification Department and were the first Edible Walls in the Urban Farming Food Chain Project. The walls not only help feed the community but cut down on the urban heat index, rainwater runoff and also cut down on the heating and cooling costs of the host buildings the walls are adhered to. The project lead to another project in 2009 with Urban Farming, Green Living Technologies and Campbell's Soup, which featured an Urban Farming Edible Wall at the Brotherhood / SisterSol After school facility in Harlem.

Urban Farming also works with the Returning Citizens Therapeutic Gardens Initiative in partnership with Wayne County Children and Family Services and Dickerson Jail. The pilot program is highly successful and has engaged over two hundred and ten returning citizens who were able to fulfill community service commitments at the Urban Farming Community Gardens as well as take food home to their own families. The initiative inspired the community, providers and participants and led them to the expand the program in 2008. The most significant positive response to this program came from the participating men who were re-introduced to the community after serving time for non-violent offenses. Community members recognized that these men had tended all season to the very garden that produced over 7 tons of food for the neighborhood, as well as the rehabilitation providers, Dickerson Jail and Wayne County Children and Family Services Executives. As a result of the successful pilot program, Wayne County Children and Family Services along with Sheriff Evans office, Dickerson Jail, the participating Rehabilitation Providers and Urban Farming began plans to incorporate garden sites directly at the Providers sites while continuing the expansion of the Urban Farming Community Garden Therapeutic Program. The Returning Citizens Therapeutic Gardens Program will integrate with the Environmental Justice and Green Collar Jobs Program to provide opportunities to the returning citizens in ‘Green Careers’.

Youth/Adult Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Program

The Urban Farming Entrepreneurship and Money Management Program is designed to provide training and information to community members who are interested in starting their own business. Urban Farming works with various non-profits and corporations to provide money management workshops and training sessions to the communities we serve. This is another example of how we utilize the first of the Urban Farming Seven Guiding Principles, which is Win-Win relationships. By connecting with existing entities that are providing educational tools to motivated residents, Urban Farming is able to continue to give support and help empower the community. Urban Farming recognizes unemployment as a contributing factor to hunger and seeks to address this challenge through the proactive approach of helping to create more business owners in suffering communities. In 2008, Urban Farming sponsored twenty five Detroit community members participate in the YoungBiz three day seminar on the basics of starting a business as well as money management. YoungBiz is an international organization that specializes in teaching entrepreneurship. This is one example of a win-win relationship that illustrates the positive results derived from the power of joining hands. By working with local and national banks, businesses and non-profits, Urban Farming not only helps get the word out about the good works of other entities, but connects the community with opportunity.

Youth and Adult Ambassador Program

The Urban Farming Youth and Adult Ambassador program is a leadership program with a pilot that launches in the spring of 2010. The program is designed to give youth and adults the necessary tools and motivation to forge forward in our world making positive changes and good decisions of stewardship for our communities and our planet. The program includes hands on leadership skill building, inspirational workshops, personal responsibility training including time and habit discipline, organizational skills and focused proactive problem solving.

Additionally, the program will help connect youth and adults to opportunities for supplemental support, training and mentoring. This program is designed also to help individuals to determine where their areas of passion and interest are and to develop a strategic plan to be able to achieve their goals.

Urban Faming will select a group of individuals, “Ambassadors”, to participate in the program, and will track the progress of each Ambassador. Adults who wish to make a career change in their lives that will make a positive difference in our world or put them in a place of leadership within their community will be eligible. Youth who wish to have an impact in a positive way on their communities and our world throughout their lives, including youth seeking careers in leadership positions, will be eligible. Ambassadors must have a passion for making positive changes. Some of the outstanding youth Urban Farming has worked with in the path will be a part of the program and Urban Farming will continue to receive applicants throughout the year for possible participation in 2011.

The program requires hands on volunteer work from each Ambassador, ranging from working in community gardens, to outreach and fundraising.

Life 4 Life Program™

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Edible Landscaping™

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Food Chain Edible Walls™

Urban Farming has established the Urban Farming Food Chain™, a vertical farming project.

The Food Chain consists of “edible” food-producing wall panels mounted on walls of buildings, growing fresh produce (without the use of pesticides) at four locations in and around downtown Los Angeles, inclusive of the Central City East (Skid Row) area. The organizations that host these ‘walls’ will utilize the food for their own purposes and, as is the paradigm of Urban Farming across the country and overseas, the people who tend the gardens are committed to donating a portion of their harvests to neighbors and/or organizations in need. The Urban Farming Food Chain project is in partnership with Green Living Technologies and Elmslie Osler Architect.
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Vineyards Growing Veggies™

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URBAN FARMING promotes our campaign:
INCLUDE FOOD™! when planting and landscaping

Our INCLUDE FOOD! campaign encourages the concept of planting food crops when planting gardens and within traditional landscaping, at homes, businesses, parks, public and common outdoor areas, commercial and private landscaping, rooftop gardens, walls, planter gardens, indoor areas, schools and any environment that is healthy and suitable for growing food. Urban Farming has gardens across the U.S. and abroad though our hands-on direct efforts as well as our many partner-gardens.

Additionally, our model is to give a portion of the food to others in need.
Victory Gardens, also called "war gardens" or "food gardens for defense", were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom during World War I and World War II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort. Making Victory Gardens became a part of daily life on the home front. Amid regular rationing of canned food in Britain, a poster campaign ("Plant more in '44!") encouraged the planting of Victory Gardens by nearly 20 million Americans. These gardens produced up to 40 percent of all the vegetable produce consumed nationally. It was emphasized to home front urbanites and suburbanites that the produce from their gardens would help to lower the price of vegetables needed by the US War Department to feed the troops, thus saving money that could be spent elsewhere on the military. Victory Gardens were planted in backyards and on apartment-building rooftops, with the occasional vacant lot "commandeered for the war effort!" and put to use as a cornfield or a squash patch. (Information from Wikipedia.)

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Pennies per Product

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SHOP AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

The URBAN FARMING ™ program, PENNIES PER PRODUCT ™, is our socially responsible program of giving that connects with companies who sell tangible products. Companies allocate a predetermined amount of "Pennies" (or dollars) per unit sold for donation to URBAN FARMING ™.

We invite your company to join our PENNIES PER PRODUCT ™ program!

Please contact us at info@urbanfarming.org

All products listed on the Urban Farming Store page donate PENNIES PER PRODUCT ™ to URBAN FARMING ™

URBAN FARMING is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization

Urban Farming Community and Green Science Garden Program

The Urban Farming Community Garden and Green Science Garden program is a sustainable system that helps feed needy families of urban communities. Through the success of our urban gardens, Urban Farming has fed over an estimated 300,000 people. The gardens beautify the area and galvanize the community while alleviating the hunger problem. The gardens are planted on unused city and county lots of land in addition to donated and private lots, walls and rooftops.

**The Urban Farming Community Gardens are free for the surrounding residents whether they worked on the gardens or not and the demographic served is people who are starving and suffering from food insecurity.
**The Urban Farming Green Science Gardens are planted on school campuses (indergarten through college) and provide educational vehicles that are incorporated into the curriculum. The students learn about science, math, social studies, art, healthy eating and life skills. They also learn how to give back to their communities and the importance of giving.

The Urban Farming Community Gardens and Green Science Program objective is to get rid of hunger and poverty in communities by planting food on unused land and space. The community is also brought together through our vast, organized system of volunteers that adopt gardens and look after them with other groups of volunteers. The components of the Urban Farming Community Garden and Green Science Garden Project are designed to address the problems of hunger, blight, crime and education in impoverished communities. The gardens are installed and then serve as a catalyst for additional educational programs. The main elements of the program include:

1. Soil Sampling
2. Garden Prepping
3. Community Outreach
4. Garden Planting, Tending and Harvesting
5. Education
6. Family and Community Development

These steps create healthier environments in all aspects of well-being in urban living. The citizens of the neighborhoods often comment on how the gardens have helped to sustain their families, restore hope to their lives and have instilled motivation and a new friendliness in the community. The Health and Nutrition Program is a big part of the garden experience as both youth and adults benefit from the direct experience with fresh produce. Two examples of the gardening projects that overlap with the Health and Wellness Program are:

  • Organic Gardening/Gardens Hands on training
  • Nutritional/Cooking Healthy Programs Fitness