The Seedfolk Store
ProsperRochester, Inc, is a new organization started in early 2013. We have taken on operation of the existing Grow Green Rochester program, which is an urban agriculture program that serves Southwest Rochester through educational and entrepreneurial youth and community gardening opportunities in an urban garden and greenhouse. We are also in the process of considerably expanding our programmatic offerings: We now operate a small community grocery store, called The Seedfolk Store, which provides fresh fruits and vegetables year-round to a neighborhood deemed a food desert. This upcoming season we are looking to expand and increase our gardening sites; one of our community partners, the Gandhi Institute for Non-violence, is providing us with space to increase in-ground gardening. In addition, we plan to begin the construction of a large-scale indoor hydroponic and aquaponic system on this space that will allow for innovative year-round growing and increased educational and job opportunities. We also hope to construct an additional greenhouse. The work in the garden is done primarily by our youth employees, neighborhood children, and community members and volunteers.
Our goals are to engage with our community around food access and urban gardening and to provide youth with educational, leadership, and job-training opportunities. We work in a neighborhood that, though rich with history and cultural significance, is marked with the effects of poverty, including high instances of unemployment, crime, and gang issues. Our program provides positive alternatives for youth & community members through the opportunity to learn new skills, as well as a general sense of hope and possibility.
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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