Cooperation Jackson’s food sovereignty initiatives help with sustainable community development, economic democracy, and community ownership in the deep South
Cooperation Jackson’s food sovereignty program hopes to produce sufficient food to feed 25,000 mostly working class African-Americans. Along with the main farming operation, a coop grocery store, café, food truck and joint aquaponics and hydroponics installation that are in the works.
This organization is encouraging community members to bolster their own food security with small backyard gardens, growing in coordination with neighbors. Residents can learn to farm by volunteering in Freedom Farm’s permaculture or conventional gardens, attending classes or scheduling an at-home consultation with the Freedom Farm workers, also known as “anchors.”
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