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Grow Southeast

Can urban agriculture be used to address food and economic insecurity?

The Challenge: 

Many of the neighborhoods within Southeast Fort Worth lie within an identified USDA food desert. Nearly all of the restaurants are fast food, and within the 34.8 square mile area, there are just 2 grocery stores, and more than 100 convenience stores selling mostly unhealthy snacks, tobacco, and alcohol. High poverty rates, lack of economic opportunities, and lack of transportation options fuel food and job insecurity. 


The Strategy

Our strategy led to the creation of Grow Southeast, an independent cohort focused on providing resources, training, and municipal navigation services to launch new community based farms and help each become a successful self sufficient business or organization. As each farm scales they will be able to add additional value in jobs they create, the food they harvest, and the hope they bring for future entrepreneurs. As we launch our first cohort of growers we are excited to see the possibilities this initiative will bring. 

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