In fall of 2007, the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation designated six 125’ x 50’ Lots to initiate a community garden. The mission of this project is to empower families, particularly the youth by educating them about protecting the environment, healthy living, healthy eating, responsibility in caring for the aesthetics of our community, learning from community elders, leadership & working together through a hands on activities.
We intend to teach culture through growing foods that are found in traditional African & African American dishes. We are building partnerships with local public schools whereby the youth will continue growing projects during the cold winter months in various school greenhouses. In addition, the youth will be able to participate in the harvest celebrations by bringing forth foods that they actually grew.
The youth will be involved with the construction & layout of the garden (building raised beds & determining where they will be located, composting, controlling pests with plants instead of pesticides, etc). They will grow vegetables, fruit trees, study trees that help combat urban pollution & soil erosion. We will work with the lead safe coalition to Educate on lead poisoning & restoring lead contaminated areas (North Omaha is a crisis area for lead contamination).