HOW WOULD YOU USE THIS GRANT TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY?
This grant will help further Compton Community Garden's efforts to address gang violence, human trafficking and other urban concerns impacting this diverse, low-income neighborhood. The garden, located in a food desert, provides a healthy alternative to the processed foods sold at the local liquor stores. We would like to build a produce stand on site so the extra food grown can be sold by the ex-gang members who participate in the garden.This micro-enterprise endeavor would provide marketable skills for under-resourced young adults. The grant would also provide funding to help with our beautification efforts. Amongst graffiti-tagged, abandoned buildings, is the Compton garden. An oasis for the community, a new fence would increase the beauty of the neighborhood. Since we are the first community garden in Compton, our efforts are noticed by the city officials and school district. Anything we can do to increase education of healthy living will benefit the entire city of Compton