The Problem: Food insecurity, a global problem, is particularly prevalent in North Minneapolis and other urban centers that are over-saturated by fast food and corner store options and beleaguered by poverty. There is little access to healthy food or to land where it can be grown sustainably, alongside a shortage of jobs and opportunities for teens and young adults. Meanwhile, rural communities are suffering their own food desertification, as topsoil erodes, fertility is depleted, and small farms disappear. By contrast, food security--healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy people--is a crucial link between economic prosperity and a liveable planet.
Our Solution: Healthy food, grown sustainably, feeds resilience. Appetite For Change and our partners GYST Fermentation Bar and Lily Springs Farm address food insecurity through a community-based, human-centered design process, which has been tested and proven by AFC. The premise is that the people who are most affected by the problem need to be to be the architects of the solution. Regardless of seeming differences, every community can use food as a tool for social change, building health and wealth without heavy reliance on outside resources. This collaboration is based on the urgent need to take responsibility for both our internal and external ecosystems. We believe that what we are embarked upon can be replicated anywhere. Fermentation is an easy and safe form of preservation, requiring only salt and produce, which creates nutrient-dense, bio-available food anywhere in the world.
Bridging Peace, Prosperity & Planet: An increasing global population, a strain on the earth’s scarce resources, and an economic divide are all present when looking at the challenges felt in urban communities like North Minneapolis. Similar challenges are also facing rural communities. This project responds simultaneously to the needs of degraded land, marginalized communities, and a healthcare system that treats disease rather than promoting health. By connecting urban and rural communities, this team will build peace, prosperity and heal both the planet and its people through farming, food and fermentation.