Homeless Activists Go Organic And Feed An Entire Shelter With Rooftop Garden

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By Steven Maxwell

Every activist has read the increasing number of stories where homelessness is being criminalized, as if simply being homeless isn’t punishment enough. However, there is a rising tide among all walks of life that is beginning to view homelessness in a very different light.

As a sinking economy and the criminal actions of the banking elite are leading many middle class, stable families into abject poverty, it is becoming much easier to identify with the less fortunate the closer their plight appears to be.  Defenders of the homeless are becoming much more vocal now. We have seen some amazing examples recently of people moved to help those in need through programs such as an artist who paints and sells portraits of the homeless and gives them the profits; a former homeless man who gives back to the homeless by selling book reviews and buying food to share; or the inspiring story of a community organizer who used his own faith to connect with those from other faiths in a common cause of feeding those in need.

We are even seeing people of conscience openly defying oppressive laws to draw a line in the sand that says: if it becomes illegal to help one another on our own terms, we simply have no freedom left to celebrate.

Feeding the homeless has also gone from the concept of a “handout” of money to allow people to buy whatever meager sustenance they can find, to realizing that if people are going to have any chance of turning their financial situation around, they must be physically and mentally fit to do so. A key  cornerstone to building oneself back up again is nutrition … and if it’s “free” nutrition, then all the better!

An organization in Atlanta is calling themselves Task Force For the Homeless and should be highlighted for their message and their tactics to restore dignity and prosperity to those who have fallen on hard times. They have chosen to combine two essential approaches to reverse the conditions which afflict the homeless the most: not having access to healthy food, and not being able to connect with others who are working in structured way to engage in practical solutions.

Enter the organic community rooftop garden.

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Residents of the homeless shelter are now engaged in community building while providing for themselves food that only costs what their own efforts naturally produce.

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Instead of processed foods given through donation, their rooftop garden has 80 beds of the most diverse range of vegetables, fruits and herbs that can be produced on site.

Now, instead of waiting for their next meal, they have taken action to ensure that each and every day they are well fed and well nourished.

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Best of all, this group of homeless has now gained something that goes beyond even the food itself – the skills required to produce, manage, distribute and plan for the future – a future which too often exists as minute-by-minute sacrifice instead of days of abundance.

If you would like to connect to Task Force For The Homeless, or learn more about their program, please Follow on Facebook or Visit Their Website.

Steven Maxwell writes for ActivistPost.com. This article may be shared in its entirety with author attribution and source link.

  • mangomuffin2

    Awesome!!

  • Harlock

    Positive activity and healthy food, that’s a definite win-win.

  • Dimitri Ledkovsky

    Propaganda – but a nice gesture. A pile of herbs and greens doth not make a meal.

    • Dave

      Dont know where you come from Ledkovsky . or how well endowed with brain matter you are . but most of the plants in those boxes are seedlings and will grow into full size greens and herbs and will feed many people who are homeless !! ” Propaganda “. One begins to understand why the US is in the S**t

    • marchesa

      If not “propaganda” there are embellishments to the story. Nowhere on the organization’s website does it suggest that the garden “ensure(s) that each and every day they are well fed and well nourished.” Also, our economy is not “sinking” despite record number of homeless in some urban areas. It would also be ethical to credit where the photos come from.

  • AnotherLover

    I’m making $97/hr. working part-time growing rooftop lettuce and tomatoes!!!!!!

    • lzman49

      That’s funny.

  • Rob

    Positive story, if only we seen more of this sort of thing :)

  • PaulfromTexas

    If those were keyhole garden plots, the folks would be making soil to sell (from scraps of cardboard and old phonebooks and dirt) as well as feeding the poor folks…….the government cannot tax the sunlight….yet
    the food from these plots will be better by far than they grocery market plasticized stuff flown in off season from places on other continents.

  • Helen

    cant be that organic with all the chemicals they stay from the planes

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