Farm-to-table is “a social movement which promotes serving local food at restaurants and school cafeterias, preferably through direct acquisition from the producer. “ With a farm to table approach, most foods are grown or raised locally and can help to combat the issues of food deserts in Gary by making fresh, high quality foods easily accessible to residents. It will also support restaurants, farmers markets and local businesses.
The goal of the business growth team is to develop and support innovative projects that not only make the city of Gary more economically prosperous but create opportunities for ownership and wealth building for residents. These projects span across sectors including: construction, real estate development, tourism and hospitality and film. We will empower Gary residents to claim ownership through entrepreneurship and participation in community development corporations to voice concerns and sustain the community for years to come.
For a community to progress and heal, it is important to focus on growth in the most holistic way possible. This means creating resources that uplift the women, children and families that could use additional support. It means lending a hand to and serving the most vulnerable in our communities. Education, housing security and recovery from mental health and substance use disorders are just a few key areas where we hope to heal our community members.
For our communities to be safe we must address systemic issues that cause a lack of trust with local law enforcement agencies and ensure that all of our residents have access to quality services, like community paramedicine that put their wellbeing first. Being safe as a community isn’t just about reducing crime rates, it’s also about creating spaces that give people the freedom and opportunity to enrich themselves and their communities.
While many people are aware of the impact that the community you live in will impact the access to and quality of services and resources that will be available to you, they aren’t aware that not all communities are impacted equally by the effects of waste, pollution and quality of air or water. Our environment has a huge role in our health and wellbeing, environmental justice is critical to ensuring that we all have safe spaces to work, live and play.
Looking forward to a bright future requires change in how we live and fuel our day to day lives. This is where renewable energy comes in as one of many solutions that can combat the issue of climate change and pollution. Within the renewable energy we hope to: reduce waste, manage energy production more efficiently, implement existing and innovative solar and wind energy technologies and educate community members on steps that we can all take to bring about a cleaner, greener Gary.