Food Projects Urge Support From Senate

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

August 17, 2007

Federal funding for community food projects, like the one at Friendship Court, have not been voted as a mandatory spending measure as it has been for the past 10 years.

Residents at Friendship Court say this funding is key to helping them grow out of much of the negative attention they have been getting.

“It’s really nice to see people working together and talking together and realizing that this is just one big garden, not two separate gardens,” said Todd Niemeier, the Urban Farm Manager at Friendship Court.

Residents say they now see the two communities as one big one and not two separate one -and they say it’s all because of the community food project.

This federal project is aimed at increasing low-income families’ ability to grow food and to have access to healthy food

“Being actively involved in raising your food is just such a fun and healthy community building activity,” said Karen Waters, Executive Director with the Quality Community Council of Charlottesville.

14-year-old Luis Garcia lives in friendship court and tells us him and his neighborhood friends love their garden.

He also says the thought of this project not getting the money it needs to succeed tears away at the pride he's grown because of it.

“For something like this to grow like this in a community like this I think everybody should be all up for it,” said Garcia.

The senate agriculture committee will be marking up the farm bill in September.

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