THE MISSION: changing food deserts through cultivating nutrition, economy, and dignity
Addressing food insecurity and food deserts using the basic skills of farming, the basic necessity for healthy foods and the goodwill of humanity. Together we can feed and renovate communities like Camden, NJ.
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 impoverished rural and urban settings. Farm to the table can positively impact community health and wellness. ICF’s plan is focused on sustainable, local food commerce and building 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 access quality healthful foods.
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.”
According to a Delaware Valley Regional Planning Board study on transforming open space to sustainable farm enterprises, the estimated economic value of sustainable farms on open space in the five county area is approximately $155 to $258 million annually. On 20 acres of land spread throughout the city of Camden, we can add 100 jobs. We will have growing positions, warehouse positions, sales and administrative positions. ICF will focus it’s recruiting efforts to the residents of the city of Camden as much as possible.
Dignity: we will offer fresh fruits and vegetables on a pay-what-you-can model. Getting as much fresh food items into the community as possible. Our model is not parental but supportive. ICF positions itself to provide different answers to chronic problems, not a schoolmaster pointing out what has not yet been achieved. Though our neighbors live in a food desert does not mean they care any less about the health outcomes for the friends, family and loved one.