“The saddest thing in the world is not poverty; it’s loss of dignity.”
“Development is more than just achieving outcomes –it implies a different way of seeing the world and fellow human beings.”
A Call to Action: Challenging the food system, changing food deserts with Urban farming.
The overall objective of Invincible City Farm (ICF) is to directly challenge the food system in poor communities and to educate the community on the positive impact of a sustainable food system. Our approach to a sustainable, locally grown food system will address key issues for impoverished communities. ICF will develop jobs, encourage durable economic development around farming and food. Support re-entry into society for ex-offenders, improve public health outcomes, and work to eliminate food insecurity.
At ICF we believe that quality food should be affordable and accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means. The social, economic, and environmental impact of a local food system is profound. Agriculture can play a critical role in maintaining a healthy community. The importance of farming and food is often overlooked and under-appreciated particularly in poor urban settings. Farm to table can positively impact community health and wellness. ICF’s plan is focused on sustainable, local food commerce and building of a strong, profitable Agribusiness in food deserts. We aim to gain a competitive advantage in local and regional markets, specifically in urban communities that struggle to afford and have access quality healthful foods.
What is a Food Desert? According to the USDA, a food desert is defined as “a part of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods…largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets and healthy food providers. They [food deserts] are heavy on quickie marts and convenience stores that provide a wealth of highly processed, high sugar and fat laden foods that are known contributors to our nation’s obesity epidemic.”