Access to healthy and affordable food options is key to solving increasing obesity and hunger rates. In order to achieve these initiatives, community garden programs are emerging as way to build community, dissolve of food deserts, achieve food justice, and inspire a transition towards sustainable agriculture. In cities like Detroit and Hartford, urban gardens have reduced crime, raised property values, and lessened the number of citizens who are food insecure. Food justice is characterized as ensuring that the benefits and risks of how, what, and where food is grown and accessed are shared equally. These goals can be achieved through community gardens that ensure transparency and awareness for how and where food is grown.
Click here to watch a video about Will Allen, an accomplished urban farmer, Director of Growing Power.