Hi Brittany, just wanted to let you know I am deeply inspired by your organization and project proposal. I used to work at Instituto Promundo in Rio de Janeiro - you may be familiar with some of their GBV programming. In any case, I believe that providing women and girls' new access to assets and mobility to markets is key to reducing GBV. No doubt, investing in women and girls to develop their own "value-added" products will greatly enhance success.
We are currently working on a project that uses lacto-fermentation of vegetables as a way of both preservation, health promotion and product development. For example, youth in North Minneapolis are interested in fermenting green beans and/or making a fermented hot sauce. You can read more about our project by looking up Appetite for Change. If you think any of the women that develop small kitchen gardens in your project may be interested in the value of lacto-fermenting vegetables (definitely nutritious and can even be developed as another "value added" product from their land) please contact us! Good luck with all of your important work.
This project is an important one for our Minnesota community - thank you! Similar to a project we are working on with Appetite for Change and Lily Springs Farm, we are all thinking about "cultural revival" for health promotion, peace and prosperity. Food is the ultimate healer. I look forward to our paths crossing as all of our organizations continue to work with food to inspire real social and economic change.
Hi AFC Team! Just wanted to say thanks so much for meeting me at The Good Acre yesterday for a tour, talk and taste! Hope your friends and family loved those fermented Golden Beets with Orange and Ginger as much as you all did. Just wanted to let you know that our team here at GYST is so excited to work with all of you. As we discussed yesterday, there's a lot of power to this project!