WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MIAMI?
UGW MIAMI: PROJECTS
Urban Farming, Farmers Markets, Farm Stands, CSA, Legislative Change, etc.
UGW Global's approach to community food security is multi-dimensional and it starts in Miami. We begin with community engagement and educational awareness of the issues at hand and how these issue affect individual and community health.
Strategic community collaboration building is vital to true community food security efforts. This includes local government support, community based-organizations (CBOs), local businesses, and residents.
Programming is community-based, regionally & "culturally appropriate", shovel-ready, and economically sustainable. We design our programs with the capacity for economic sustainability when implemented correctly.
While UGW has the ability to implement all community-based programming that we create, we feel that it more socially responsible if we train community residents (especially those who are marginalized) to implement these proposed solutions for themselves. This creates greater community engagement and involvement in the decision-making process of community (re)development and change, rather that simple being a part of the change.
In the future, UGW would like to see an invested local food community that truly represents and supports the diversity that is south Florida, with an active and effective food policy council, food hub, and farmers market coalition.
CERASEE COMMUNITY URBAN FARM
MDD: FROM A ROOFTOP NEAR U (PARTNERSHIP)
ELDERLY PLANT-BASED MEAL PROGRAM (CNS FUNDED)
Miami has a long history of environmental advocacy, preservation and restoration for a long time. The effects of global warming, sea-level rise, and hurricanes dictate that we be proactive in our approach to threatening environmental conditions. The City of Miami Office of Sustainable Initiatives (MSI), Miami-Dade County's Green Team, The Urban Environmental League of Greater Miami, and Urban Paradise Guild are a few of the local organizations that have been fighting the good fight.
HAMMOCKS IN DA HOOD
In most urban centers one finds a direct correlation between wealthy neighborhoods and the quality and density of tree canopy cover: the greater the cover the wealthier the neighborhood. Which means, in Miami’s poorest neighborhoods there is little or no overhead shade. The streets are hot and residents are reluctant to walk or bicycle or spend time outdoors.
"Hammocks in da Hood" addresses two main problems: the growing hot zone in core urban neighborhoods, and the destruction of the regions native plants and wildlife from both development and the widespread use of exotic plants for landscaping.
We educate local residents in the importance of native ecology, and the ecosystem that their neighborhood consists of. The end result: more canopy cover in core urban neighborhoods, cooler streets, higher recharge rates for urban aquifers, more youth educated in science and natural processes, and the proliferation of plant and animal diversity throughout Miami-Dade County.
COMBCUTTERS' BEE GIRLS (COLLAB)
CombCutters and UGW Miami has teamed up to offer innovative programs for the youth of Liberty City. One such program, the BEE Girls, defines the relationship between bees, our pollinator gardens, and our edible farms. It is intended to help young girls confront fear and build confidence, through hands-on interaction with bees. Participants learn about the impact of bees (and other pollinators) on them as individuals, on our community, and our world.
Girls leave the program equipped with the understanding that they can change their environment and food systems, for it is when individuals start to take part in their community that true community engagement occurs.
MS. PAULETTE'S CILMATE POLLINATORS (COLLAB)
Paulette Richards, affectionately called Ms. P, is a local hero in Liberty City. She is constantly fighting the good fight of inclusion and equity for residents, particularly youth, in her Community. Check the end of the video to the right for a glimpse of what she is doing!
The Climate Pollinators is a brain-child of Ms. P. They are a band of local Liberty City youth charged with making an impact of their Community through environmental awareness & education, coupled with action i.e., Climate & Me Art Contest, planting pollinator gardens, native hammocks, bay clean-ups, planting street trees, and the bee girls.
UGW believes in empowering children to be the voice of change. Ms. P strives to ensure that a podium is there from which to share that voice. So together, we are working to ensure that the Climate Pollinators are always busy doing great works in their Community.