WHAT IS OUR GOAL?
"A healthy gut microbiome leads to better overall mood and optimal cognitive functioning. People with good food in their belly are happier and learn better. We want this privilege to be accessible to all."
- Mystic Gardens provides low-income, BIPOC communities healthy food, grown through agroecological practices. We hope to lead the development of a small-scale project to model food liberation for communities hit hardest by Covid-19—the BIPOC communities of NYC.
- We practice earth-based, Indigenous ecofeminist principles of organizing, with participatory governance structures and circles of decision-making as a woman owned collaborative.
- By investing in and encouraging the growth of BIPOC farmers, primarily as ecological stewards and land owners, we can simultaneously meet climate, racial, health and economic justice goals.
- Nutritious, healthy food is a right; hunger and illnesses caused by processed, toxic foods, are the outcomes of political choices that create poverty and the ongoing oppression of BIPOC communities.
"Education is the key to the problems of the world. An educated community can transcend generations and attain self actualization for mankind."
Our agricultural methods will prioritize and center climate. We are creating an agricultural model that will simultaneously benefit personal health: mind, body and soul; ecological health: nurtured, no till, pesticide free soil and social relations: teaching, helping and community building of farms throughout NY. Through the liberation of food from the market economy and through racial reparations of BIPOC limitations to owning farmland, we want to provide salaried positions to create our vision.
Community Fridges and food banks are an imperative asset to providing food to the community however, most of the food donations are conventionally grown and include processed foods. Through studies, it has been shown that current food options are disrupting our gut microbiomes. The options from food banks might further impact the gut microbiome of people who are already suffering the worst impact of inflammatory diseases.
The vision includes purchasing farmland that belonged to Lenape Indians, in a town, named “foaming water,” in Lenape language. We hope to receive funding and support in order to reclaim taken land and to create a farm that teaches innovative, modern methods on how to grow your own food and a farm that practices herbal medicine. We hope to become an institute that provides positions to children subjected to the juvenile system, immigrants who can assimilate to a new country through an ancestral thread and soon refugia farming.