Expansion Goals

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:

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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. 

Irvington Community Co-op Marketplace