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Urban food growing launches culturally-based school food operation

Image courtesy of Nuestras Raices

Nuestras Raices is a 23-year-old urban agriculture and economic justice organization founded by the Latino community in Holyoke. The organization supports a network of 13 community gardens and a 30-acre urban farm dedicated to cultivating, sharing and selling the treasured cultural crops beloved by Latino families.

Youth development, microenterprise support, farm to school, and cultural crops are all focuses for Nuestras Raices. The organization is launching the first culturally-based school food operation in a local charter school, using the USDA national school lunch program, recruiting and training 100 new Latino cultural crop farmers, expanding greenhouses, and improving their cultural agritourism farm site.

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