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Trinidad Community Garden

Trinidad Community Garden

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Published by Dianna Loevner
Our campaign for social change.
Our campaign for social change.

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Published by: Dianna Loevner on Apr 20, 2013
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Trinidad Community Garden
 
Background, Purpose and Focus
 The District of Columbia has a significant grocery gap where low-income and minoritycommunities often have far less access to full-service grocery stores than do higher-incomecommunities. The lack of options and availability of resources affects not only food security inthese pockets but also impacts the health and well being of citizens of these communities. Foodsecurity is crucial for the survivability of communities. The report,
When Healthy Food is Out of  Reach
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, points out that access to nutritious food is a serious challenge especially for many low-income communities. Often due to the unequal distribution of food and resources this issueleaves many neighborhoods without access to full-service grocers, according to a report by D.C.Hunger Solutions and Social Compact
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. Nationally, this grocery gap forces many low-income people to spend time and money to travel long distances in order to access fresh produce at fullgrocery stores.In areas where full-service grocery stores are absent, shoppers may rely on small corner or convenience shops, which oftentimes do not have sufficient healthy food and may chargehigher prices for the limited nutritious foods available. The purpose of the Trinidad CommunityGarden Initiative is to strengthen the food supply in the Trinidad area and create a sustainableurban partnership that brings healthy food to the community. The focus we believe will have the
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DC Hunger Solutions.
 DC Hunger Solutions: Ending Hunger in the Nation’s Capitol 
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Corodemus, Kleiman and Loevner 3greatest impact on the Trinidad are in regards to addressing the issue of food deserts is throughthe creation of a community garden.As part of the Nutrition and Physical Wellness Program, a DC Department of Health,Community Health Administration’s project, the City of Washington provides funding for community betterment initiatives. Taking advantage of this grant program, The TrinidadCommunity Garden Initiative will request funds to use in coordinating a large community gardenin the Trinidad neighborhood of the city located in the Northeast quadrant. This garden willstrengthen the local food supply in the area and create a sustainable urban partnership that bringshealthy food to the community, in specific, single family households.
Situation Analysis- SWOT
 
Strengths
 A community garden will organically attract support from the neighborhood. Communitygarden brings a neighborhood together over common goal. The inclusive mission of campaignoffers an inspiring mission/ idea. The initiative will garner a dedicated base of staff andvolunteers, the program gets support from many partners & donors, this effort will attract mediaattention and support.
Weaknesses
 Initiative faces the possibility of frequent temp staff turnover, unclear who will provideleadership, a sole individual will not tend the roles and responsibilities (may lead to lack of action), fundraising strategy/ committed personnel to raise funds, organizational structure/communication, coordinated farm crop/ distribution strategy, marketing and PR.
Opportunities
  providing a cultural center for community to act as forum, get people outside, excellent way totest new model in urban environment, personal relevance of goal, organizations will want towork with us, volunteer resources, expansion.
Threats
 Bad soil, key staff and volunteers not want to work on the project, disinterest, theft, vandalism,over growth, drought/freeze, environmental factors, budget.

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