Community Farming Pilot Programs
As an addition to local schools, the Farming Pilot Program will utilize vacant city-owned lots throughout our partner communities. These will serve as outdoor classrooms, training/education spaces, and services facilities to house other outdoor non-farming activities. Among these activities are mentoring, neighborhood watch, construction training, maintenance training, administrative training, and agricultural demonstration.
Support and enhance the goals, objectives, and priorities of the Neighborhood
Encourage youth community engagement
Establish and support a culture of community service
Support programs which address issues and needs of urban youth
Involve youth in the design and implementation of their educational activities
Increase knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary for urban youth to live productive, contributing, and fulfilling lives
Increase economic opportunities and sustainability to improve quality of life in urban communities through enhanced human, social, civic, natural, financial, cultural, and built capital
Upon successful completion, these spaces will:
The Cooperative's "Co-op Steering Committee" is actively engaged in driving our "Community Marketplace" initiative. This community economic development initiative is aimed to redevelop a portion of the former Collins Avenue Shopping Center into a “Commerce Hub” for 21229 where small minority-owned businesses will be welcomed into a business incubator-style vending network. The space is envisioned to consist of a community-owned co-op grocery store, a florist, a cafe/eatery, and retail vending stalls.
While the plan is conceptual; CCD is working to finalize a community visioning session with the Neighborhood Design Center to formalize the elements.