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the arkansas bipoc resilient food systems collECtive

COLLECTIVELY BUILDING & SUSTAINING COMMUNITY THROUGH FOOD
WE OFFER OUR COMMUNITY TRAINING, INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, AND INCREASED FOOD ACCESS

community

education

INFRASTRUCTURE

ACCESS

 COLLECTIVE MEMBERS

Are you a BIPOC person & food garden owner? Reach out to find out how you can join our collective!

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ARKANSAS HOLISTIC THERAPY

THE VILLAGE PLACE

SERENITY URBAN WELLNESS

TURTLE ISLAND

GRASSROOTS ARKANSAS

"Not only does this program encourage positive outcomes for youth, it also benefits our communities and local economy."

- Trina Brown

Community Member & Volunteer

Our Collective Priorities

cast iron skillet program

Build Capacity, Knowledge & Equity

Youth and their families complete an eight week immersive cooking experience during which they: prepare meals together for homebound seniors in the community, learn the historical context around African-American cuisine and how it influenced American culture , participate in hands-on cooking classes, learn step-by-step instructions for cooking healthy & nutritious meals, and receive cooking supplies. 

 

Registered students will receive all relevant information and documents once registration closes. 

garden/market tours

Support Innovative Ways to Purchase
Healthy Food

Youth will manage and facilitate the 2024 Community Garden Tours during which middle and high school students and their families will board a charter bus and visit various community gardens throughout the city. During garden visits, students will spend time volunteering, participating in hands-on learning activities, and joining  gardens' networks.

 

Registered students will receive all relevant information and documents once registration closes. 

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Create More, New & Better Markets

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!

Expand Access to Nutritious Food

For seniors ages 65 and up who are youth caretakers. 

Food Farmacy

Our Food Farmacy targets homebound seniors who are also caregivers of youth and increases accessiblity of fruits and vegetables. Each program month, we provide healthy food boxes and recipe booklets that align with box contents.

 

Registered seniors will receive a tablet (to be returned at the end of the program) and an in-person demonstration on how to access the Food Farmacy app & request food. 

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 Food is an integral part of Black identity and culture. Black food traditions create community, foster family ties, and honor rich & diverse histories. We facilitate a bidirectional exchange between The Village Place and Black owned entrepreneurs in the food & service industries. 

Cooks for Community is an initiative where we share our network with chefs, cooks, and food service entities/organizations to increase their visibility in exchange for donations to our organization. Each participating organization donates a significant portion of their proceeds, from events hosted by The Village Place or org's in our network, to The Village Place to support our programs and services.

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