Do you like food?
Do you have a heart for kids?
So do we, and these are the stories that drive us:
"I just get so angry. I feel stupid. So I get high and break sh** with my friends. They're like my family." -- Dylan, 16.
Kids used to play in the streets, not live on them. We're failing our youth--at ever increasing rates they turn to crime, drugs, and gangs to meet their physical and emotional needs.
"No one wants to hire me because of my record. I eat out of restaurant dumpsters and have to sell meth to pay my court fines."-- Miguel, 24.
The old mob saying 'the only way out is in a body bag' rings true for many people who get involved with crime in their youth.
"I go to the food bank but I still can’t feed my kids. We just don't make enough money."-- June, 34.
Tables once adorned with plentiful fresh fruits and vegetables are now bare. Childrens' bellies once full of nutritious produce grumble around bits of processed food from donation services.
We're here to change all that.
What we're changing:
Colorado is third highest in the nation for youth crime. Weld County alone sees thousands of vandalisms, drug crimes, and vehicle thefts committed by youths under the age of 25. These kids are often doomed to a life of crime and sub-par opportunities because they get trapped in the revolving door of the justice system.
In many low income areas, access to food is limited to what ships well over long distances: processed cheese, canned meats, and frozen vegetables. Access to fresh produce and high quality nutrition is extremely limited.
How we're doing it:
We’re localizing agriculture and treating mental health concerns that lead to youth crime. Blooming Health Farms uses aquaponics to raise fresh fish and organic, high quality vegetables in a compact eco-friendly farm. We’re able to grow more food, for lower cost, at higher quality, than any other farm in the area. We employ at-risk youth ages 15 to 25, who participate in cognitive-behavioral therapy and job skills training—both of which have been proven to reduce crime and risky behaviors by 90%. Blooming Health Farms is dedicated to increasing opportunities, feeding hungry families, and caring for our environment. Our model can be recreated in every community across the country and we hope to see Blooming Health Farms in every high needs city. Not only are we solving a critical issue, we create jobs and economic opportunities in underprivileged communities at the same time.
Why "we" includes YOU:
This campaign is a small part of a large goal. Our operation will require land, equipment, staff, and licensing. The $5,000 we're raising during this campaign will fund our 501(c)3 filing, business licensing, and a small grow-system so we can start sharing real results with the community.
The total amount we need for full start-up is much bigger than the amount we're asking for at this time, so please feel free to jump in with us at one of our impact levels!