Over the Brrrr? Warm Up with a Youth Organics Winter Update!
In February of 2015 YO! Youth Organics (a Grand Street Community Arts program) teamed up with the Radix Center for Ecological Sustainability to offer a robust urban agriculture experience for youth of the Capital District.
A 6-week intensive introduction to food justice and urban agriculture, the YO! Winter program is focused on encouraging youth to reevaluate their relationship with food and the assumptions they make about systemic injustice while identifying solutions to community based ails.
With guidance from Radix Center staff the youth move autonomously through invoicing, preparing and planting seedlings, harvesting sprouts, sifting and treating compost, watering plants in the greenhouse, feeding livestock and more.
In our project/discussion based segment we’ve begun to peel back the layers of food insecurity, had a YO! Pea-Shoot Chef-off and started mapping accessible sources of food in the areas surrounding the Trinity Alliance Capital South Campus Center (where we meet before heading to the Radix Center) and the larger South End.
All this in an attempt to understand the impacts of living in a food desert/swamp on an individual, family and neighborhood in uncovering uncover creative solutions to issues of food injustice.
In coming weeks as the snow clears, youth will learn more about urban agriculture and seasonal rotation as we begin to put things in the ground. It is our intention that they also begin to think more critically about the things they put into their bodies, the messages they accept as truth and to come to their own conclusions and solutions to issues of environmental and food injustice.