Project New Village is transforming the political and economic environment using neighborhood-based agricultural cooperatives as strategies of resistance to food insecurity and removing barriers that impede universal access to good food through community/civic engagement and building alternative food ecosystems.
The Good Food District, our model for transformation, aims to elevate and integrate urban agriculture as a key component of community revitalization in food insecure neighborhoods. This food-oriented development plan incorporates arts and culture and wealth building as tools for place making. During the first phase of the work we are implementing community engagement activities that contribute to developing neighborhood-based social capital.
The next phase will focus on wealth building activities that strengthen existing small businesses in the area and identifies new food related businesses. Interim activation projects will yield recommendations for long term use of public assets that reflect the values and identity of the neighborhood stakeholders. In partnership with developers and land owners, we believe the act of growing food uses soil as an ally in re-building neighborhoods.