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Cultivating Community in Raleigh, North Carolina

Cultivating Community from Patrick Mustain on Vimeo.

Video by Patrick Mustain

Excerpt from website:

Maurice Small is an urban strategist specializing in food access. In 2012 the Interfaith Food Shuttle, an organization working to fight hunger in the Triangle Area of North Carolina, invited him to Southeast Raleigh to start an urban agriculture program (Urban Ag). The Interfaith Food Shuttle secured funding for four acres of vacant land that Small is transforming into community gardens.

To help with his work, Small relies on volunteers and only two employees, Travis Taylor and Fred Jeter. Not only are Taylor and Jeter helping to build the community gardens, but the Urban Ag program has also secured 3/4 of an acre for the two of them to develop as well.

Dubbed F&T Farms, this land provides the young farmers with a chance to engage and educate their community, while providing much needed neighborhood access to fresh food. F&T Farms is also a source of additional income for the duo, who have been able to sell their organic produce to local restaurants and at farmer’s markets.

The people of Southeast Raleigh struggle with a number of issues, many related to poverty, and the Urban Ag Program is young. But sometimes big changes start with the planting of tiny seeds…

For questions about the Raleigh Urban Ag program contact Maurice Small at raleighurbanag@yahoo.com

See the Inter-Faith Shuttle here.

See Patrick Mustain’s website here.