Space is a premium commodity in urban communities across the globe. Many of our community members live in apartment complexes with minimal indoor space for living, let alone outdoor space to grow fresh food for their household. One of our goals is to address food autonomy and empowerment, by providing education and food access with take-home Microgardening materials and instruction kits. Microgardening is the practice of intensively “farming” food or plants in well-designed, small urban spaces. Gardens can grow in containers, bins, flowerboxes, or even coffee cans. Microgardens are designed to be highly productive, energy and space efficient, sustainable, affordable, and grown in healthy living soil. We will host virtual workshops to teach participants to garden within the limitations of their home.
Our target demographic will be low-income, youth, and elderly. We will distribute kits to residents and community members to help them plant vegetables and herbs in their homes using 5-gallon buckets, coffee tins, or whatever else is available. Sankofa Garden will supply the seeds, soil, and other basic items. Kits are estimated to cost between $10-20 each. We will offer payment via EBT or scholarships for community members who cannot afford to pay. We will also sell Microgardening kits to non-community members in the greater Oakland area as a means of annual fundraising.