Wednesday, April 13, 2011

2011 Home Farming Day

On April 12, 2011, Home Farming Day was held to kick off the beginning of the home gardening season. The event was orchestrated by Triscuit Crackers, non-profit Urban Farming and cities across the country including Denver, Washington, DC and Minneapolis.

As part of the project, a "Plant-a-thon" was held in New York City's Madison Square Park where people were invited to "plant and learn" and join the "Home Farming" movement.

At the event, Triscuit and non-profit Urban Farming unveiled plans for 65 community-based home farms in 20 U.S. cities in 2011, including five home farms to be grown at low-income housing subsidiaries. These farms, located in urban areas, will provide local residents with greater access to more nutritious and healthier foods, consistent with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mission of creating more sustainable and diverse communities.

The "Home Farming" movement celebrates delicious, fresh and simple foods. However, people in some areas lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables for to a number of reasons.  These areas are often referred to as 'food deserts.'

Triscuit and Urban Farming will be working with The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to develop five community-based home farms at low-income housing facilities to help alleviate this problem and provide residents with more food options.

Community leaders also plan to use the farms as teaching tools to broaden education about healthier eating. This topic is aligned with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) work to help underserved communities, where there is little or no access to the food needed to maintain a healthy diet.

About Urban Farming

Urban Farming's mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by planting, supporting and encouraging the establishment of gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, raising awareness for health and wellness, inspiring and educating 4 youth, adults and seniors to create an economically sustainable system to uplift communities around the globe. For more information, visit www.urbanfarming.org

source: PR Newswire

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