Growing Awareness Urban Farm is a micro-enterprise of East Central Ministries. Our urban farm began with a small hoop-house and a couple dozen vegetable seedlings and has grown to include several micro-businesses. It now encompasses a nursery that specializes in locally grown vegetable seedlings, a workshop that produces clay pots used in irrigation (“Ollas”), an apiary, a chicken coop, demonstration and community gardens, a playground with edible landscaping, a vermi-composting operation and a small urban farm store.
All profits from sales go directly back into the community- through providing work to needy families, mentoring and teaching young people, our community health clinic, and our neighborhood food co-op and housing co-op. Stewardship of the earth and ethical treatment of workers is taken very seriously at Growing Awareness.
All of our tea is Fair Trade and Organic, and our honey is either produced by our bees or bought from a local honey producer.
Why “Growing Awareness”?
We do what we do because we believe that all of God’s handiwork is important. Good stewardship of what we have been entrusted with is an extension of our faith, not only because we believe that Creation in and of itself is worth preserving, but because the choices we make everyday affect others all over the globe. Growing your own food, buying organic and local, capturing rainwater, teaching a child how to appreciate nature- these small things can transform lives.
Together, we can grow a more just and sustainable community!
Who is a part of Growing Awareness?
Growing Awareness Urban farm is possible because it is a collaborative project. We rely on a combination of work teams, consistent volunteers, part-time, and full time staff to get the job done. It seems that the compost always needs attention, the plants need watering, and the greenhouses and other grounds need maintaining. It is a challenging delight to work with many people throughout the seasons, to hear their stories, and to exchange knowledge and wisdom gained from gardening and life experiences.
At Growing Awareness Urban farm, we are able to do a lot of networking and be a part of many initiatives around the city. Here are just a couple: