HAP participant Carl Crisp with Brandon Allen, Be A B.O.S.S. & Jim Sherman, Seeds of the Soil

HAP is a collaboration of organizations and individuals that produce food across Houston to address food insecurity in low-income communities. to create substantive change in them through agriculture. The collaboration consists of agricultural professionals and community members from across Houston that see agriculture as a way to create substantive change. Through this collaboration we seek to increase the amount of locally produced food and provide job training to residents in communities where gardens and farms are located, leading to healthier people, healthier homes and healthier communities.

Current HAP Projects

While 2020 has been full of ups and downs, we have stayed focused on our mission of providing resources to local growers in Houston and providing job training related to food production, processing and distribution. Through partnerships with elected officials (Council Member Letitia Plummer, State Rep Jarvis Johnson and State Rep Harold Dutton), City of Houston Departments (Complete Communities, Mayor’s Office of Education) HAP is poised to have an impact on the Houston area in 2021. Check out some of our current projects:

#ShrineUrbanFarmHub

This is a partnership with The Shrine of the Black Madonna, RST BioScience and Fresh Life Organic. The #ShrineUrbanFarmHub was designed to be a self-sustaining food production system. The hub will provide training for soil-less vegetable production utilizing hydroponics, aquaponics, processing and preserving vegetables and serve as a location where locally grown produce can be purchased. Currently we are working to raise $40,000 to have an aquaponics grow space, solar panels, 2 greenhouses and food processing equipment.

#SeedTheNeed

In March once Harris County shut down, we began working with Council Member Letitia Plummer and State Representative Harold Dutton and State Representative Jarvis Johnson to expand our work of addressing food insecurity in Acres Homes and Fifth Ward & Kashmere Gardens. Through this collaboration we are supporting local growers in Acres Homes and developing a 5 acre site that will provide fresh food for the community and serve as a job training and food distribution location. In Fifth Ward and Acres Homes, we are working with Seeds of the Soil to keep their Jim Sherman Oasis Garden as a resource to the community and with Inspired Learning Institute to rehab the garden at the Kashmere Multi-Service Center.

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Did you know that August is Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), observed every August, is a global celebration and concerted campaign to elevate African-descent giving. Created by Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland and the Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet), BPM launched in 2011 to commemorate the United Nations Year and Decade of People of African Descent. ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽 In honor of Black Philanthropy Month, @buftx of Houston generously donated $500 to @bigcitygardener and @inspired_learning_institute for the remodel of the Kashmere Multiservice center garden that Tim and I adopted 2 years ago! πŸ₯¬πŸ₯’πŸŒΆπŸ₯¦πŸ†πŸ‹πŸŒπŸŠπŸπŸ₯• Since adopting the garden we have trained young men to grow, harvest and cook the food from the garden, to build compost bins, make garden beds out of bricks. We even trained two of young men to set up and help run a community farmers market…and yet, we’ve only just begun!!! Thank you Marcus Glenn and the Black United Funds of Texas philanthropic Family for your this $500 donation towards fixing our damaged drip line watering system, repair our cement block garden beds and to add some work stations to our garden! 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱 We will be welcome the community to our garden with some very special garden events, support groups and garden enthusiast clubs. We will soon be announcing our 2nd garden project really soon as we expand our capacity to share our love of nature, gardening and supporting our own communities! I am eternally grateful to our amazing master gardener @bigcitygardener Timothy Hammond for his knowledge, passion and dopeness in these gardens! Stay tunedβ€”because we bringing the FLOWERS to the garden and food galore! 🌸🌺🌼🌻🌺🌸🌼🌻🌺🌻🌼 ………. #bethechange #blackphilanthropymonth #blacknonprofits #blackandgivingback #gardening #garden #gardenlife #community #communitygarden #kashmeregardens #kashmeremultiservicecenter #urbangarden #urbangardening #fooddesert #youth #youthdevelopment #growyourownfood #cultivatewhatmatters

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