by Rebekah Warran, Staff Writer
This summer, the Urban Farm received a $25,000 grant from Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) to serve the local Nashville community.
NCM is an organization that partners with the Nazarene churches around the world to help those in need.
The region that surrounds Trevecca, particularly the Napier and Chestnut Hill areas, are considered to be a food desert,” said Jamie Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice.
“The people in our community do not have access to healthy foods within three to five miles,” he said.
The money donated with go to multiple projects that are taking place in the farm.
Some will go to green house development and expansion and the majority will go to camps that bring high school students from around the area and around the world to learn about farming in an urban setting.
“We are seeing to educate and inspire people to understand issues surrounding nutrition and health,” said Jason Adkins, environmental projects coordinator and overseer of the Urban Farm.
Local students will have the opportunity to learn how to grow their own crops and take care of them. The funds will help with staff support, especially in the summer.
“It will also pay high school students to work part time… learning how to farm and leading others,” said Adkins.
For the local community, the work of the urban farm will have a long-term impact with the potential to shape the way future generations handle food consumption and how well they care for themselves.
“We surround them with the resources, love and care that they need to grow their own food,” said Casler.