The Lufkin Urban Garden & Market is a community garden that grows and sells organic products in the heart of Angelina County. This community and surrounding towns suffer from the worst health outcomes in Texas and has pockets of food deserts where residents can't access fresh produce for miles. Our mission is to address food security by employing local people to produce for their neighbors year-round and increase food sovereignty by educating the community on regenerative farming practices.
Rural East Texas has been faced with an issue of lack of job security due to the digital divide, and now, due to our reduced reliance on the land, lack of food security. The families we serve share how they can't access fresh, locally grown produce near their homes and the price of the most nutritious options breaks their budgets. With many families on fixed income and already suffering from health issues, not having access to healthy food options at affordable prices compound the problem.
This project will assist us reach full production by improving our rainwater collection system to conserve water and resources. With a better system, we can employ local residents who are able to focus on regenerative farming and permaculture principles to distribute over 5,000 pounds of crops each month to families who suffer from the lack of food security. As we expand our team, we will be able to expand our products to compost derivatives, worm castings, and host more on sight trainings.
The project will educate and train local community members on how to sustainably provide nutritious food to their loved ones and neighbors while simultaneously employing our most vulnerable population, the elderly. Agriculture is an art form that has been tainted which created a gap it was intended to fill. All members of this nation deserve access to fresh, healthy, nutrient dense produce that can sustain their families and we hope to see more local people supporting the local farmers.