Despite the media’s best attempts to paint the Occupy Wall Street movement as radical, disruptive, and pointless, its members continue to work for real and lasting changes in their local communities.
Since the movement’s inception in September 2011, Care2 has reported on the OWS Sustainability Group’s efforts to make its own energy, expand composting and urban gardening, help farmers fight back against Monsanto, and teach people across the country how to become self-sufficient. Now, the Group is taking its mission of spreading good food and good will to the 99%.
Working in concert with Eco Station NY, organizers of Occupy Wall Street Sustainability Working group have announced plans to build a 16,000 sq. foot Roof Top Farm in Bushwick Brooklyn, and they need your help. Read on to learn more:
Bushwick, Brooklyn, is home to a population of 130,000 people, many of whom reside in neighborhoods that have been designated as food deserts.
We assert that access to natural, nutrient dense, real food is a basic human right.
This spring, as an affinity project of the OWS Sustainability movement group, members will collaborate to build, design and farm a 16,000 sq foot organic Roof Farm, utilizing smart and sustainable, Permaculture Design techniques to grow food which will be supplied to area restaurants, local schools, farmers markets, and CSA’s.
There will also be a ‘by donation’ farm to communal dining pantry, planned as a companion project.
In addition to serving the community by providing freshly grown GM free food, we will also be re-skilling individuals who will participate in our volunteer work/learn days.
We have achievable goals ahead of us: to educate under served communities on gardening, farming, nutrition, and the various ways to reclaim control of our food system is just a few of the ideas bubbling to the fore.
Our hopes of creating the change we wish to see in this world will require support from crowdfunders. The “Farm In The Sky” will be made open source as a replicable and scalable model for anyone who wishes to grow their own.
If you’d like to support this quest to feed the minds and stomachs of the 99%, please consider making a modest gift to their Spring campaign.