Urban Harvest's "Grow A Resilience" is a COVID-19 response to ensure Houstonians stay healthy, active & nutritiously fed. The project: 1) sustains the largest farmers market in the region- supporting 110 hard-hit local farms & small businesses, while offering a safe way for community members to access food; 2) reaches 19,500 Houstonians with organic garden education via online webinars, classes & resources; & 3) matches SNAP benefits dollar-for-dollar on fresh produce at farmers markets citywide
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Urban Harvest is functioning at higher capacity to respond to increased food insecurity; farm stressors; community garden needs & more. Harvard University reports, "Many are wondering how to safely shop, [access] & prepare food to minimize transmission of coronavirus." COVID-19 affects both consumers & producers, as individuals navigate how to safely obtain - and grow - fresh food, and farms adapt to decreased revenue streams, labor shortages & health concerns.
Urban Harvest is adapting our programs to fit the growing needs of our neighbors and community members - bolstering not only local farms and gardens, but also all Houstonians. We know: Access to fresh, healthy food and safe, outdoor greenspace has never been more important. "Grow Resilience" provides resources, education, and food to those who need it most - supporting the local food system from seed to plate.
"Grow Resilience" addresses important issues like hunger, health, economic development and access to safe, outdoor greenspace - providing ongoing resources & support across the local food system. The project opens pathways for safe & reliable sources of fresh, healthy food, and sustains local farms and small businesses with opportunities for consistent earned income. What's more, Grow Resilience empowers Houstonians to grow their own food, and inspires everyone to give gardening a try.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).