The Issue: Prevalence of Food Deserts in Cities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a food desert as an area that lacks easy access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other foods that make up a healthy diet. Despite their high population density, large swaths of many American cities meet this qualification, leaving residents with few options for healthy eating. Community gardens can help alleviate the problem, providing those who live nearby with low-cost organic fruits and vegetables.
The Campaign: Building an Organic-Garden Irrigation System
If 40 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Art of Cultural Evolution can build an irrigation system for the community garden at Midtown 34th Street. Each additional $10 raised up to $900 will go toward building a treehouse for neighborhood kids. Through the garden, local residents grow their own organic produce using sustainable practices such as composting and rainwater harvesting. Other onsite offerings include afterschool programs for children, workshops on sustainable living, and kundalini-yoga classes on Sundays.
Art of Cultural Evolution
Art of Cultural Evolution combines the arts and environmental advocacy in an effort to practice and promote earth-friendly sustainability. The organization’s imaginative projects include ReProcess, in which artists collaborate with volunteers to transform trash into sculpture, and the Ecological Bus Project, an experiment involving a family of four living in a bus powered entirely by natural energy.
Midtown 34th Street is the group’s organic community garden, where local residents can grow fresh produce and participate in community workshops and weekly yoga classes. The garden is part of a wide-ranging project called the Sustainable Urban Arts Center, a planned park featuring a green space with native plants, an international residency program for the arts and sciences, and a food store.
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