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Food Justice

Food justice is a movement and concept that centers around common principles:

  • Access to fresh, healthy food is a right. Location, transportation, gentrification, and government policies impact access to healthy food.

  • A system of racism and white supremacy creates direct negative impacts on the health and diet of Black and brown people worldwide.

  • A diet consisting of mostly processed foods and little to no fresh foods contributes to vast health issues: obesity, diabetes, depression, and more. Access to fresh, healthy food promotes overall health and longevity.

  • Solutions to food inequity will be community based.

Malik Yakini, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network in Detriot, poses three questions to ask about our food:

1) Where and by whom is the food produced?

2) Who profits from its sale?

3) How does its consumption impact the health of communities?

By building a network of home gardeners, the Southside Community Garden addresses all three questions: 1) Food is produced by individuals in their backyard- as local as it gets! 2) While there is no profit from sale, the benefits of production are directly received by home gardeners, 3) Consumption of home grown food has a positive impact on health.

Benefits of Gardening

Gardening provides a multitude of health benefits by improving diet, alleviating stress, and increasing physical activity. Through the Backyard Model, the Southside Community Garden ensures that home gardeners are able to receive all of the benefits of growing food at home. 

Support the Southside Community Garden today! 100% of donations go directly to garden materials.

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