by Rachael Devaney
For Tanya Fields, urban farming has become the most effective tool to tackle racial, social and economic justice.
Tired of the lack of affordable, healthy food in her South Bronx neighborhood, Tanya Fields, executive director of the BLK Projek, recently built Libertad Urban Farm, a 4,500 square foot farm located at 972 Stentson St., in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. Before this endeavor, Fields says community members had limited access to healthy, affordable food.
“The grocery stores in our neighborhoods are more like super bodegas and the food quality is poor, and there are not a lot of options as far as healthy foods,” she told us. “To access affordable, quality food, people have to actively travel to wealthier, areas of New York. Any cost savings you would make from going outside the neighborhood is being used up for transportation, not to mention that money is being spent in other areas, when we could be spending it in our own neighborhood. So, from the beginning we identified all these factors that were specific to the Bronx, and we knew we were lacking access to quality, affordable food, but in addition to tackling that problem, we also wanted to create living wage jobs, and catalyze other economic opportunities.” Read Full Article »