When people are connected and acting together, they are healthier and change is possible.

Background on Food, Land, and Community

Community members know that resources available in a community, from healthy food to good parks and safe streets, make a difference in their health and the health of their children. When interest in food and community emerged as a theme in 2009, we started a small community garden. That has grown into major garden spaces and a community engagement program called Food, Land, and Community (FLC) that provides many ways for people to learn together and take action for a healthy, strong community.

As with all our work, the specifics in this area evolve as we learn with people in the community.

Community Gardening and Food

Hope operates 7,500 square feet of growing space in three gardens on Hope property, including a recently completed 5,000-square-foot garden at the new Rose building. We’re building community capacity for collective management by engaging teams of community volunteers in garden operations. Communal gardens and hands-on workshops engage people across all ages in food-related activities around health, culture, community and land stewardship. Throughout the summer, there is regular programming in the gardens and free food distribution of produce grown in the garden spaces.  Regular group cooking sessions bring people together to share new foods and make nutritious meals at an affordable price.

Community Change

Across our work, we create spaces for community members to learn and to act on their own leadership. We are building a base of engaged residents to influence community decisions in ways that reflect and align with community interests and priorities. A major community listening process about food and food justice engaged 415 residents in dialogues. The report — “Feed The Roots” — was completed in 2015. We also work on transit equity and resource allocation along Franklin Avenue, the major thoroughfare that cuts through the community.