“More grows in the garden than the gardener sows.” – Spanish proverb
Since Obodo's creation our focus has been creating stability for individuals and marginalized communities by giving our neighbors the tools, support and education they need to thrive. Our Urban Farm project is essential to this mission. Located within the Historic Westside and two years in the making we have always understood the power of green spaces as a catalyst for growth.
Originally when we started this project, we referred to it as a community garden but as it grew and developed, we realized that didn't quite sum it up. Our half-acre plot will focus on increasing food accessibility and affordability by operating as a food producer for the community. We were very intentional with our concept! This farm is comprised of edibles, medicinal herbs, and native desert plants; we aim to not only tackle food insecurity but also urban heat islands and the loss of biodiversity. It is be open to the public and though there will be no rentable plots you can still come and harvest your own food as well as attend our many events. From the start we aspired to create something wonderful, something to not only restore nature but also our relationship within it.
Then Vs. Now
When we first acquired this property, the only thing standing was the building. Despite many suggestions to demolish said building, we decided to invest in the communities history and refurbish it. This store will provide fresh produce to the Historic Westside neighbors (720 households live within a half mile of the store). Many of our community members do not have reliable access to transportation; this store will allow them access to fresh and healthy foods within their own community.