Tickets are available online and at the door! We hope to see you at this special occasion.
Join the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary.
On February 8, 2006, the first meeting of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network was held at Black Star Community Bookstore. The room was filled with a diverse group of Black folk, some who were avid gardeners and others who had never gardened before, some were raw food enthusiasts, some were interested in food co-ops and other…s were interested in policy development, but all knew the importance of knowing where our food comes from and who controls it. We gathered together on that historical night because we wanted to create a more food secure community for Africans in Detroit, and we haven’t looked back since.
Many of us left that initial meeting excited and hopeful about what might grow out of this network, and since that first meeting, we’ve been busy to say the least. Most notably, we successfully led the development of Detroit’s first ever Food Security Policy and secured two acres of city-owned land, now known as D-Town Farm, which features organic vegetable plots, mushroom beds, two bee hives, three hoop houses for year-round food production, and a composting operation. We’ve also co-sponsored the “What’s for Dinner?” Lecture Series, trained youth, and participated and provided leadership to the “Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System” efforts.
From the beginning, our work has been funded through membership dues, donations and produce sales. While the $149,000 capacity-building grant that we recently received from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will allow us to fund three of our main projects, we are careful not to rely solely on grants to sustain the organization. Our goal has always been to build the organization from the ground up through the support of the community we serve. We accomplish this through fundraising and membership, so we need your support to continue this groundbreaking work.
As the organization matures and our operation at D-Town Farm expands by five additional acres, we remain excited about the growth of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and invite you to join us on Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 6pm-10pm as we celebrate such an important milestone. There will be cultural expressions, live entertainment and dinner.
Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased using Paypal, or by visiting our office at 3800 Puritan, Detroit, MI 48238.
For more information, please call our office (313) 345-3663.