- Posted February 13, 2014 by
Locally Sourced Jobs
Fortunately, some organizations have realized that the problem is also the solution. Not only do these organizations provide jobs and job training, they provide goods and services for the community that otherwise would be sought from public funding.
Growing Power, Inc., for example, operates urban farms in Milwaukee and Merton, Wisconsin, and in Chicago, Illinois. Through on-site workshops and hands-on demonstration, Growing Power not only grows and distributes food, they also educate and train local youth on farming and food production. They advocate locally sourced, healthy food, and promote food security and environmentally sound food production systems.
Their success has led to satellite training sites in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Mississippi. Partnering with family-owned farms, Growing Power has pioneered the farm-to-city approach to providing affordable, healthy produce from small, family owned farms. In this program, fresh produce is delivered right to the customer’s doorstep, usually weekly, for a few that is often less than what would be paid for at the grocery store. Not only do these programs benefit local food producers, it benefits the health of the community. Most doctors agree that a healthy diet free of preservatives and chemicals is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Growing Power has created jobs, as well training for many youths who may be interested in sustainable farming. It may sound like a surprise, but those who grew up in a community that lacks access to healthy food are proving to be the most prosperous urban farmers. With the right training, what was once urban blight can quickly transform into a sustainable food production system. By promoting locally sourced food production systems, Growing Power leads the community in healthier eating and civic engagement.