We serve the most vulnerable populations food, water and assist with restoring resilience after man-made and natural disasters
Urban agriculture, community gardens, and co-housing communities aren’t new, but establishing and planning an Agrihood while actively seeking the input of community residents, elders, and leaders is innovative as we seek to minimize the devastating effects of food deserts and food insecurity within the neighborhoods we service and love. This is a community preservation grassroots movement.
This is our most ambitious program. It is imperative that everyone understands what the terms Agrihood and food deserts mean.
is a mashup of the words “agriculture” and “neighborhood”.
integrates agriculture into a neighborhood.
What can YOU do to assist us to expand our ability to make folks SMILE?
- Sponsor a Smile Haven agrihood program
- Donate monthly to the Smile Haven agrihood program
- One-time donation
- Volunteer at your local Smile Haven program
What are food deserts?
Food deserts are regions where residents have no or limited access to healthy and affordable food options…especially fruits and vegetables. According to a John Hopkins study that compared similar poverty levels and found that, in urban areas, Black communities had the fewest supermarkets, white communities had the most, and multiracial communities fell in the middle of the supermarket count spectrum.
How are food deserts identified?
There are a variety of factors which may include some of the following:
- Access to food, as measured by distance to a store or by the number of stores in an area.
- Household resources, including family income or vehicle availability.
- Neighborhood resources, such as the average income of the neighborhood and the availability of public transportation.
What are the benefits of agrihoods?
- Provides fresh & healthy food options within food deserts
- Raises the sense of community
- Promotes sustainable living
- Preserves natural habitats
- Adds value to the community
- Offers the opportunity to facilitate other community projects
- Wellness clinics
Youth farming and engagement programs
- Nutrition & cooking education programs
- Food co-ops
How are we doing it?
Through the identification of food deserts we’ve begun planning to repurpose land and integrate agriculture within our neighborhoods and urban spaces.
Why are we doing it?
The creation of a living space that facilitates harmony with things that grow, which gives us the opportunity to provide sustainable, healthy eating options while fostering a sense of community and belonging.