Resilience Roots: Growing Together (May 2021 Update)
This past Spring season has been very busy but thankfully, at the Resilient Roots farm we were able to get so much done!
To increase community accessibility, we started our volunteer Saturday workdays at the farm since the beginning of April, while adhering to Covid guideline protocols. Recently, our volunteers have been of all ages. It is amazing to see children volunteers connect with the farm on deeper levels, and teach them that growing food is a part of our ancestral history and culture. We also had a fantastic volunteer work day with an organization called CATA Farmworkers, in which we were able to share our own personal values about food and farming, and they explored the farm and loved it just as much as we do.
To ensure that our local neighbors know about our work at the farm, we began door knocking within a five block radius of the farm. When doorknocking, we hand out flyers that are about the plant sales and our Saturday volunteer workdays, along with attaining contact information from our neighbors so that we are able to stay in contact with them in the future. These flyers were provided in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, so that we are able to reach and speak to all of our neighbors that live in the area.
Within our greenhouse we have planting many crops and herbs in order to prepare and prep the plants so that they can be properly placed into one of our beds at the farm. Some of the plants growing in the greenhouse will also be sold as seedlings to our community around Camden as well. A few of the plants we are selling include okra, mustard greens, and corn. We plan to have plant sales every Saturday during the same time as our volunteer days. We are hosting plant sales at the farm in hopes to increase food sovereignty within the Camden community, while also encouraging people to grow their own food and become more interested in gardening. One of our goals is to make food as accessible as possible in our community, so we accept multiple kinds of payment at the plant sales, one of them including EBT/Food Stamps along with cash, Venmo, and Cash App.
Additionally, we have been speaking to local neighbors that want to expand their gardening capacity and have their own space at the farm to plant their own vegetables and herbs. We hope that these activities reinstate our shared values with our community, and aid those that are in need of healthy, affordable, and accessible nutritious food. We will continue to do better and more for our community members as the farm belongs to them and the community belongs to the farm.
About the Grantee
VietLead is a grassroots organization that strives to improve health, increase sovereignty, and develop Vietnamese leadership in solidarity through intergenerational farming; youth leadership; health navigation; policy advocacy; and civic engagement. Our Food Sovereignty and community garden program was built from seeing how food is an important part of how refugees practice self-determination.