How Assata's Daughters Is Helping Chicago Bloom By Empowering Black Urban Farmers
The grassroots organization is planning to offer free produce to neighbors all summer.
Assata's Daughters, a Chicago nonprofit grassroots organization, has always been here for black folks — particularly black women, evidenced by the Rekia Boyd case and beyond. In addition to advocacy, the organization offers three ongoing, free community programs that assist Chicago's Washington Park neighborhood.
One is the community garden. Per the Daughters' official website, "the community garden program highlights self-sustainability as an integral part of black liberation. Located off of King Drive in Washington Park, the garden provides us with the opportunity to engage youth and local community members in learning about the basics of gardening, land conservation, food justice and the importance of self-sustainment as a tool of resistance."
Increasing access to fresh and healthy food is an integral part of sustaining the black community, as many urban black families live in food deserts.
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Thankfully, Assata's Daughters is working to add life to that desert!
Spring is here! Time to get growing! We're adding more beds for our neighbors to use & to grow food for our programs. We'll have a free farm stand & are partnering with our corner store to offer free produce to neighbors all summer. Here's our wishlist https://t.co/7reZwVodqI pic.twitter.com/i7qBWTZLR2— Assata's Daughters (@AssataDaughters) April 16, 2018'
Help us get our seedlings started! This cold & snowy Chicago spring has sucked, but we're excited to start our indoor nursery! Amazon wishlist here: https://t.co/nEq8Nw2vX0 pic.twitter.com/7wdwEM1w5o— Assata's Daughters (@AssataDaughters) April 16, 2018'
Chicagoans may be experiencing an elongated winter in 2018, but spring is on the horizon. As residents look forward to a blooming spring season, Assata's Daughters announced on Twitter that they're adding more gardening beds to diversify the types of food they grow. The group also plans to host a free farm stand that will provide free produce to neighbors all summer.
THANK YOU! All of the garden supplies we needed have been ordered and are on their way! Wow! You can still support our garden program with a donation here:https://t.co/6sT3LguYcQ We'll add more raised beds, a new program for teens to learn about farming & food justice, & more! https://t.co/0Fal2L6cJ1— Assata's Daughters (@AssataDaughters) April 17, 2018'