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Help Southside Community Farm Grow!

Support Black food sovereignty in Asheville's historically Black Southside neighborhood

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Southside Community Farm (SCF) needs your help providing fresh food to the Southside community! Located in the historically Black and rapidly gentrifying Southside neighborhood, SCF is entering it's 9th season of farming, connecting neighborhood residents to healthy produce and celebrating diverse food cultures. The Southside neighborhood is home to nearly 50% of Asheville’s public housing, including Erskine, Walton Street and Livingston Heights. With little to no healthy food options available in the neighborhood, Southside Community Farm strives to provide not only our own produce but a collaborative route to food justice through partnerships with local farmers and artists, educational programming, and events.

This season we are excited to continue impactful programming like our monthly Southside BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Farmers Market, Fourth Sunday Community Brunches, and BIPOC-Only Garden Days. Last year we started the Southside Grocery Program, providing fresh vegetables, eggs, cheese, meat, and other pantry staples to folks free of charge through neighborhood free refrigerators and a pantry. This year we hope to expand on the free grocery program by including recipes, pre-packaged local foods and even meal kits, and more foods from local BIPOC-owned businesses. We source local, culturally appropriate foods from farmers and producers of color, paying market price for all the goods we purchase. We are also the only farmers market we know of that pays its vendors to be there (as opposed to charging them for space), as a way to support the amazing Black and Brown farmers and craftspeople we work with. In addition to all our current work, we hope to offer more educational workshops and to do a collaborative food box program with our partner Feed Asheville Farm, providing weekly free, fresh food boxes to 10 Southside families delivered right to their door.

We need your support to keep up everything we do and to build new initiatives as we continue on our collaborative path to neighborhood food sovereignty. Funds will help us purchase new tools, supplies, plant starts, and support getting food out into the community while paying local and BIPOC farmers and producers!

You can learn more about what we do on our website, and check out the video below to hear Southside Community Farm manager Chloe Moore chat with Mike Homes of the Racial Justice Coalition about farming, food apartheid, and more.