Connecting City to Farm is a non-profit organization working to bridge the gap of city and farm life. Founder Kris and her family are working to educate people on food; where it comes from and how it is grown. Kris was raised on a farm, in a small town, in Arkansas. She eventually moved to the Dallas area and noticed a gap between life in the city and life on the farm. Kris also observed that while many people in the Dallas area have the freedom to purchase high end organic groceries, there are too many people living in food desert, without access to grocery stores, just minutes away.
A food desert is defined as an area that does not have a grocery store within a mile of an urban community or ten miles for a rural community. In some Dallas neighborhoods, such as Bonton, the closest grocery store is four miles away. For these communities, the lack of access to healthy food significantly increases their rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Kris felt called to do something. She teamed up with her family to start Connecting City to Farm.
Connecting City to Farm has created “Farm Camp” which brings underserved kids from South Dallas to the farm to learn about farming, sustainability, nutrition, exercise and more. Kris and her family recently hosted the first Farm Camp. Twelve kids from South Dallas were bussed to the family farm in Arkansas. While staying on the farm, the kids rode tractors and learned about the benefits of exercise and healthy food. Kris is developing a fun curriculum giving kids the tools to stay healthy. Kris understands all these kids have different situations and she believes educating them and putting smiles on their faces makes a difference.
Kris shared a few stories from Farm Camp with me and it sounds like the kids had a great time and were exposed to many new things. One particular day of Farm Camp, Kris had prepared a healthy lunch for the kids and a boy curiously asked, “What is that?” while pointing at a blueberry! He had never seen or tasted a blueberry!! So glad that Kris and her family are working to expose these kids to healthy living.
I look forward to see how Connecting City to Farm continues to grow and make a difference in the lives of so many. I encourage you to become aware of the food deserts in your area and see what you can do to help those in need.