BENEFITING: URBAN FARMING
Since 2005, Urban Farming has installed hundreds of community gardens of free food to help people in urban, suburban and rural areas who are unemployed, underemployed, laid off, suffering from food insecurity or hunger and malnutrition. In 2009 Urban Farming also began giving free plants and garden resources to families and individuals to help them start their own gardens. The goal of Urban Farming is to “Create An Abundance of Food for All in Our Generation.”
There are now over 63,000 gardens around the world that are a part of the Urban Farming Global Food Chain® in 26 countries.
“Over 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life…” according to the United Nations World Food Programme. ( https://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats ) At Urban Farming, we visualize a future in which our children ask us: “What was it like when there was hunger on this earth?” We know that when our global family joins hands, we are capable of creating solutions to our oldest challenges. Urban Farming has created solutions for many communities, families and individuals by teaching people how to grow their own food, installing hundreds of community gardens and helping to provide 70,000 free vegetable plants and gardening resources to date. In 2012, we also started the Urban Farming Online Library of Educational and Training Resources which provides information about: Healthy Thinking, Healthy Eating, Healthy Fitness, Healthy Finances, Healthy Communication, Healthy Education and Healthy Families, as well as gardening tips and information on green industries opportunities.
So far this year (2015), we have helped over 420 families and individuals start their own gardens by giving away 10,000 plants as well as other garden resources such as our gardening book, Digging It, garden tillers and other gardening tools. One of the greatest gifts is to “give the fishing pole” and we have witnessed over and over, the gratitude and empowerment that occurs at the Urban Farming Free Plant Giveaways. One thing that we hear frequently is how much people appreciate being able to grow their own food rather than going to a food bank. This form of empowerment is critical to healthy communities. Community residents have also expressed that they are eating better and that their children enjoy learning how to grow the food and eating the fresh produce from the gardens. They also convey the joy that they get when their gardens produce an excess of food that they are able to in turn give to others. Growing and giving is a great way to spread the love! Our goal is to help an additional 1,000 people start their own gardens and to provide resources to 9 existing community gardens and one school farm. We will also provide 500 gardening books to interested community residents.
• All donors will receive a mention on the Urban Farming Website under the News section.
• All donors who give $100 or more will receive a copy of Urban Farming’s gardening book, Diggin’ It along with a mention on our website.
• All donors who give $500 or more will receive all previous mentioned gifts in addition to the following twitter mentions: We have been blessed to have a great group of well-known individuals who have helped raise awareness about Urban Farming. If the donor wishes to be mentioned, we will Tweet to our celebrity supporters and mention donors who donate $500.00 and over. (You may also tweet to them to thank them for their support of Urban Farming through the years):
Actor/Comedian, Richard Lewis - @TheRichardLewis Actor/Rapper, T.I. - @tip Recording Artist, Prince Actor/Singer, Keke Palmer - @KekePalmer Actor/Activist, Ed Begley Jr. - @edbegleyjr Recording Artist/Author, Taja Sevelle - @taja_sevelle Recording Artist/Producer, Nile Rodgers – @nilerodgers Recording Artists, Zac Brown Band – @zacbrownband Recording Artists, Day26 – @day26
• For any donor who gives $10,000.00, Recording Artist and Founder of Urban Farming, Taja Sevelle will sing your name in one of the songs on her new CD.