Kennett Square Food Justice Garden
El Huerto de Justicia Alimentaria de Kennett Square (Kennett Square Food Justice Garden) will celebrate its first growing season in the summer of 2014. It is an initiative started by members of the farmworker organization, CATA (the Farmworker Support Committee), designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Latino and immigrant communities by empowering them to increase their access to and knowledge of healthy, affordable, chemical-free, and fairly-produced food.
The Kennett Square Food Justice Garden will follow the model of CATA’s first Food Justice Garden in southern New Jersey and will be designed, maintained, and managed by Latino immigrant families mainly from southern Mexico who live and work year-round in the numerous mushroom farms and packinghouses in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Garden participants are community members who want to practice growing their own food, contribute to a local sustainable food system, and combat health epidemics primarily brought on by problems of nutrition and access to healthy food common to low-income communities and communities of color, especially type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity.
The garden will be on located near a few large apartment complexes where workers and their families live, many of whom are from rural backgrounds in Mexico with rich traditional and cultural knowledge of sustainable and subsistence agriculture but who don’t have the space and/or resources to grow their own food here in the US as well as teach those skills to the next generation. The majority of the garden will be worked communally with some plots for individual families’ uses and the produce will go directly to participating families with surplus food going to the local food bank.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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