Building community owned urban farms to address food insecurity.
Many of the neighborhoods within Southeast Fort Worth lie within an identified USDA food desert. Nearly all of the restaurants are fast food, and within the 34.8 square mile area, there are just 2 grocery stores, and more than 100 convenience stores selling mostly unhealthy snacks, tobacco, and alcohol. Limited employment, transportation, and support services all contribute to high levels of food insecurity and poverty.
Recognizing the economic disparities that contribute to food insecurity, CoAct in partnership with The Office of Commissioner Brooks and The Healthy Tarrant Collaboration, created Grow Southeast. Grow Southeast functions as a community development initiative to incubate community owned urban farms to combat food insecurity. Through our efforts we help each of our farmers create viable business strategies, align their products to customer channels, develop their sites, and explore models to support their social missions.
Our goal is help each of our farms become self sufficient and to build a hub of resources so community members in Fort Worth can easily develop their own urban farms.