Basically, the way our food system is running today, it is failing to meet the simple health needs of millions of Americans. Diabetes and obesity in the school systems continue to climb, as Health People 2010 identifies it as 1 of 10 leading health indicators of death. At the Tierra Miguel Foundation, they are trying to help out with solving this problem by building a new food economy, where the farmers, advocates, and consumers in Southern California come together. With their 85-acre working produce farm, educational prorams are able to be offered such as the Farm to School Program, Farmer for a Day, School “Edible Garden” Program, and more. The aim is to strengthen the connection between people and their source of food. There are many different ways to participate in this program. You can make a donation or volunteer. The website has a list of wish list items for the farm such as shovels, pitch forks, and wheelbarrows.
The Tierra Miguel Foundation is a non-profit organization. They participate in local sustainable agricultural practices, and are there to inform and educate the people of Southern California. The reason this was formed was to set up a socially responsible community. Pauma Valley, an agricultural region in San Diego County, is where this foundation has been growing their organic fruits and vegetables. Established about 10 years ago, this program has grown so much and is extending out into the San Diego community. They have delivered more than 1,070.25 tons of fresh, locally grown produce to Southern California families and schools. 700 college, school children, and adults are participating in their programs.
When it comes to eating health, America is falling behind. Programs like this are going to help by creating positive change for human and environmental health. Check out ways you can help dontate, volunteer, and learn about upcoming events at http://www.tierramiguelfarm.org/index.htm.
Submitted by Nicole