Sprouting Hope in SouthEast Fort Worth
Coming soon, PolyWes Community Gardens and Urban Farms to Southeast Fort Worth.
What is PolyWes Gardens?
PolyWes Gardens is a play on the names Polytechnic Heights and Texas Wesleyan University. By combining what the locals refer to as Poly with what the university refers to itself as Wesleyan, the name, PolyWes, was to assigned to Fort Worth SouthEast community garden and urban farm.
PolyWes Gardens is more than just a community garden, it is an entrepreneurial garden that address local social, economic, and environmental deficiencies by empowering it's volunteers with SEEDS towards their success.
Why put a community garden and urban farm in the Eastside Fort Worth?
Research has shown us that nothing brings people together like a team project, and nothing brings a community together like a community garden with "community" being the key word. Community gardens have significant beneficial impacts such as...
- Educational benefits. - Students who participate in school gardening score higher on standardized science achievement test, active learning and student engagement
- Environmental stewardship and connection with nature
- Lifestyle and nutrition. -- growers are likely to eat what they grow
- Connection to history and the community
- Social and Emotional health
- Teachers learn useful gardening and incorporate gardening math and science into their lesson plans.
The biggest reason for establishing urban farms within the Poly area, is because the Polytechnic Heights is a food desert according to the USDA. A food desert is defined as a medium/high density area of low income people with little access to fresh produce within a reasonable walking distance of their home. With us establishing gardens within our community we are able to eliminate the label food desert.
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What is a Community Garden?
A community garden is where participants grow produce with neighbors and share in the harvest in exchange for participation. The community garden will be more than just a set of raised vegetable beds; rather it will be an open and welcoming space that encourages the community to not just sew the seeds of herbs and vegetables, but to sew the seeds of sustainability and creativity. Benefits of a community garden.
What is an Urban Farms?
A community garden as opposed to an urban farm is designed for entrepreneurial enterprises.
Entrepreneurial gardens was a term dudded for the economic development opportunities they offer. An investment of $5 to $10 in seedlings, or starter plants can yield large amounts of organic produce, equating to significant monetary value and savings. A profit of $500 to $700 in fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Learn more about urban farms...
“Sustainable” typically means not requiring outside inputs. So we minimize inputs like fertilizer and supplemental water. We use “earth-friendly” practices like improving the soil. We’re strictly organic or pretty close to it. Sustainability can incorporate a holistic approach that incorporates and synthesizes from many disciplines. So here you’ll learn the type of gardening that’s environmentally responsible, nature-loving, and digging-in-the-dirt-loving. Sustainable gardeners grow plants for their beauty, for their many positive contributions to the environment, and because homegrown food is just better. Read more...
C.S.A Community Sponsored Agriculture
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics: a local, Fort Worth, farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal, organic and locally produce each week throughout the farming season. Click here to read more...
- Compost delivers a balanced blend of nutrients plants need to grow.
- Unlike fertilizers, which act quickly and can burn plants, compost is gentle and slow to release.
- Compost adds organic matter to your soil which allows for more oxygen penetration and greater water retention.
By creating our own recipe for compose and sharing it with our Fort Worth community of growers we can ensure the produce sold at our farmer's markets and CSAs are organically grown and free of harmful chemicals.
Locally grown versus organic produce
“Organic” is more straightforward, from a legal perspective, but most consumers likely do not know that. To be labelled organic, a producer must abide by a stringent set of government standards. The USDA qualifies produce as organic if no synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetically modified organisms (GMO) are used. Pest control and crop nutrients must be managed through natural physical, mechanical and biological controls. And when producing organic meat, eggs and dairy, for instance, farmers must provide non-GMO livestock with year-round outdoor access. They are also prohibited from using growth hormones or antibiotics.
Many states have limited “local” to mean produced within the state, and some retailers and restaurants have their own definitions. Many farm-to-table restaurants, for example, only serve food from within a 100-mile radius.
East Side Fort Worth Urban Revitalization
We want to change our perception of our community to one of a garden community. By beginning small with the community garden we begin rebraning and revitalizing our area as the garden district. And we want it to be a great value for our entire community - with a growing lineup of new gardens, helpful hands on learning, and responsive support your growth.
We believe in PolyWes Gardens as an investment in your community and culture. So we set our commitment at a level that allows us to invest in growing a organic produce, and more importantly, a great sharing experience for you as our community.
The easy definition of "urban revitalization" is "the process of a city or neighborhood improving, after being undesirable." That's pretty vague.
But a good definition turns out to be hard. It's hard to define when a place needs "revitalizing," and hard to define what that means even when everyone agrees that it is happening. Like pornography in the famous quote, "urban revitalization" is easy to recognize but hard to pin down.
Revitalization is often linked to property values. If property values increase after a long period of decline or stagnation, that's a good sign that revitalization is happening (or expected to happen soon.)
East Side Farmer's Market
The vision is to place a farmer's market in the heart of the community so that residences will have access to within walking distance. Locally grown produce from the urban farms and community gardens can be stored and sold at the PolyWes Farmer's Market. The market will provide jobs to students and residences. After expenses, any revenues will be reinvested in scholarship for the student volunteers and to pay for enrichment classes for our community residents.
Coming soon to SouthEast Fort Worth
PolyWes Gardens is the bases of our community involvement. From the community garden grows other Fort Worth Eastside initiatives. They include the Clean-UP, Plant-UP, Paint-UP and Fix-UP initiatives. The initiatives derived from four problems that were immediate with physical observation.
The alumni of Texas Wesleyan and community supporters took actions to address these Fort Worth Eastside initiatives and problems statements. So we formed C.O.R.E., our Committee on Residential Engagement.
Community On Residential Engagement
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The Committee On Residential Engagement is about combining our resources efficiently. By combining our resources efficiently we have a stronger and more meaningful impact than if we got at it alone.
Click here to Sign-UP to become a C.O.R.E committee member.
Sowing SEEDS and growing hope
(Support, Educate, Empower, Develop and Sustain)