You’ve heard me talk about the rural – urban divide and this generation’s disconnection with the land, which only increases the deeper into the city block we go. Now, I want to share with you an initiative I’m working towards with the farm and community I’m a part of here, in order to close that gap. Check out the below and please contribute if you can!
Dear Community Stakeholder/Lover of Food/Supporter of Farming/Believer in Justice:
The Wassaic Community Farm and our partners request your financial assistance in a fantastic food justice and education project. Wassaic Community Farm is a fourth year small farm project with a mission to address food justice issues in the Bronx and locally in Dutchess County, New York. We are a part of a coalition of food justice organizations, small rural and urban farms and community gardens coming together to form a rural-urban connection and facilitate the growth of fresh food, awareness and education in the community.
The small rural farms in this group have been providing fresh food to neighborhoods in New York City lacking access to healthy and affordable food. The urban farms and community gardens have been fulfilling a similar mission with more of a focus on community markets and education. These farms and gardens have requested better access to the rural farms providing the food at these markets. They would like to see these rural farms as opportunities for increased education, gleaning opportunities, retreat spaces and strengthening rural-urban community connections. Also, the food justice organizations, specifically the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, are working in partnership with the Wassaic Community Farm this year for land space to run their own farming and food education program.
In order to facilitate this partnership and meet the requests of the urban farms and gardens, we are securing permanent transportation to be utilized by everyone in the group for travel to and from the urban and rural farms. We have identified a vehicle for purchase: a vegetable oil-powered school bus, which we have borrowed in the past to bring up community garden and food justice groups for our Harvest Day and for other events such as traveling to the 2009 Growing Power Food Justice Conference together.
We are now planning to buy this bus, called the Vroom Bus, as the previous owners are no longer interested in ownership. The cost of the purchase is $4,500. We also anticipate registration, insurance, CDL License fee, a driver’s fee and oil/maintenance costs for the first year at approximately $2,500, totaling to $7,000.
This purchase will serve as a galvanizing force to strengthen these vital connections and important work; and bring us a step forward in our movement towards food justice.
Circle Mountain Farm – Battleboro, VT
Afrikan Zion Organic Roots Farm – Wardsboro, VT
Thanks for reading – I’d love if you could contribute to this rural / urban connection project. Global community support will help us reach our goal!