We are South Florida's first sustainability center, leading the way by demonstrating easily adoptable sustainable solutions for all. In the face of climate change Colony1 aims to provide the tools and resources to create a resilient community, with a zero packaging bulk food store, a learning CSA, a teaching event kitchen, and art and science residency program and a living youth classroom, our programming will be unique and accessible to all regardless of economics.
We are all effected by climate change and know we need to shift our cultural behaviors. In Florida every summer we see toxic algae blooms in our precious waters, the blooms are directly the consequence of industrialized agriculture. These blooms kill marine life and marine habitat. If we support small, local, organic farmers we can stop our dependencies on these detrimental practices while also improving our health and local economy. This is one of the problems we aim to address at Colony1.
By providing residents access to learning to grow or purchase their own local and organic food we can help shift our consumer behaviors. In addition the center will have a teaching and event kitchen that actually will show residents what to do with the food that is grown in our region and season. Our focus around food is the foundation to changing our consumer habitat and providing a catalyst for a great local food movement in Miami, who at the moment is a food desert.
We are located near two of the most underserved areas in Miami, Overtown and Allapattaha, we believe that with our youth programming and partnerships with other youth organizations and schools we can decrease the amount of nutrition related illnesses, like diabetes and obesity in these areas. In addition, we can demonstrate that a package-less food system is possible and we can reduce the amount of plastics in the Biscayne Bay and the beaches.