Miami-Dade County receives funding to combat food insecurity in low-income neighborhoods

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Nov 20, 2020
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Miami-Dade county is one of seven communities nationwide to receive Partners for Places funding.

The $25,000 award will fund Growing Roots for Environmentally Equitable Neighborhoods Miami-Dade County, or GREEN Miami-Dade County. This collaborative effort aims to help residents grow their own food in order to reduce disparities, increase access to healthy foods, and create a healthy and more livable community. The project will allow for 25 home garden installations in North Miami, Little Haiti, Liberty City and Overtown.

GREEN will educate low-income residents on effective gardening practices using two local community garden spaces, Finca Morada in North Miami and Green Haven Project in Overtown. There will be 24 free community workshops, during which 100 fruit trees and 100 vegetable and medicinal plants will be available for attendees. These community gardens will be getting revamped with shaded seating, rain water collection for irrigation, fruit trees, and more.

The grant will also fund the Urban Farming Internship Program, led by Grow Roots Miami, to teach 12 interns farming, permaculture, and food justice. This will allow the interns to grow their farming career, while learning how to grow food for their own households.

The Youth Mentorship Program will also be receiving funding from the grant. This program teaches underserved youth life skills, values, money and management through the lens of urban farming.

GREEN Miami-Dade is an effort put forth by Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces and the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources through Neat Streets Miami, with frontline organizations Grow Roots Miami, Green Haven Project, Plant Philosophy and Urban Oasis project

Partners for Places is a joint effort by The Funder's Network and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, which pairs local governments with philanthropy to support sustainable projects.