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 is actively engaged in driving our "Community Co-op" initiative. This community economic development initiative is aimed to redevelop 3932-3934 Frederick Ave into the "Community Center for Change" a 5,000-square-foot former Moving/Shipping Company into an Innovation Hub for 21229 where small minority-owned businesses will be welcomed into a business incubator-style network. The space is envisioned to consist of a community-owned co-op grocery store, multimedia center, and retail vending stalls.
While the plan is conceptual; and negotiations are on-going, the Cooperative is working to finalize acquisition and preliminary renderings with Re-Gen Consulting Group and the Neighborhood Design Center to finalize the elements. Community support through volunteerism and donations can help bring this project to fruition.