EQUITY- More than a statement
Grow It Green Morristown stands in solidarity with our Black communities locally and nationwide against racism and police brutality in all its forms. We know Black Lives Matter. We are not willing to remain silent on where we stand as an organization.
We ask you to join us in taking action to create equity and celebrate diversity.
Following through on a critical applied practice path lasting 5 months joining people across the nation in an interactive series on Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression led by Yancey Consulting, we have revised programs, policies and priorities. We know we need to be willing to be uncomfortable to eliminate systemic racism and oppressive practices within our organization and community.
We approach this journey, dedicated to our core values of Community, Education and Equity and stand against systemic racial inequity. We are committed to act with open eyes to consistently evaluate and revise our programs, practices and communications to truly reflect these values at the farm and garden, and in our partnerships with many other local organizations and businesses. We have been setting new milestone targets immediately and for 2022, 2025 and 2030.
Read on for more information about a few of these new programs.
Phase One: Farmer Apprentice Program
Grow It Green received grant funding for salaries for vocational education from the New Jersey Conservation Foundation to create two farmer apprenticeships in 2021. Utilizing a resource that sits on land ceded from the Munsee Lenape people: the urban learning farm dedicated to sustainable growing practices original to indigenous people and further shared and refined by George Washington Carver is the home of this new apprenticeship. Farmer Shaun is bringing agriculture alive for underrepresented persons interested in a career as farmers and stewards of the land.
Our first two farmer apprentices were Grace and Chris. Learning and growing from them we are bringing people back to the skills of farming as a way to create resilience and culturally relevant nourishment in communities.
What kind of history do you have related to agriculture when you look back at your family history? How long ago was that and what perceptions are there that exist in your own household about the role of farmers in our society? Who holds those roles, who owns the land and who makes decisions about what we have available to eat and how it is grown?
Early Street Community Garden:
New collaborations brought opportunities for new neighbors to learn, grow and relax at the community garden. Gardeners from Homeless Solutions, Neighborhood House, Wind of the Spirit, Morris County Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce and St. Margaret's thrived setting up plots at the community garden.
New communication priorities put our energy into reaching the people that live around the farm and garden that have the most to gain from our programs. Bilingual communications and canvassing efforts are helping guide our programs and increase participation.