Our ancestors worked the earth so that the earth would provide sustenance for all who live on her. The Santa Clara Valley used to be called "The Valley of Heart's Delight" where fruit farms were plenty and the Santa Clara Valley (this area) is called Silicon Valley and much of what we grow are cube farms. In this area and indeed across much of the country we have lost touch with where our food comes from; moreover, many people believe food comes from the grocery store and not from a farm.
Our fruit, vegetables, and meat supply has been threatened by a large agro-businesses who are busy trying to convince consumers that genetically altered corn, wheat, soy are healthy alternatives to organically grown open pollinated produce. The coordinated food system being perpetuated upon us has yielded rising food costs, prepared foods of diminished nutritional content and declining overall health from conditions like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Our ancestors supported community based agricultural model and San Jose Urban Farming seeks to be a model at how we can reconnect to our communities in a healthy way.
Hypothesis: If we re-examine the food growing potential of our single family suburban homes, including small community plots of land around us, spend some time working together, learn together, and welcome our neighbors then we will be able to access locally raised fruits and vegetables, food grown with sustainability principles, nutritionally vibrant, overall delicious food all year long.
Who and How?
We will achieve these goals by gathering together as friends and neighbors seeking to grow our knowledge base about gardening and farming teaching, learning, and growing together.
Call To Action:
Re-examine any amount of space that could potentially grow food.
Plan to volunteer your time and effort to become suburban farmers and assist friends and neighbors to do the same.
Plan to teach and plan to learn
We will take steps to grow and/or source food that is nutritionally dense, local, organically and/or biodynamically grown.