Detroit Black Community Food Security Network + University of Wisconsin-Madison
Organizational contact: Mama Hanifa Adjuman
University partner: Monica White
For nearly 10 years, the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) has worked to build self-reliance, food security and justice in Detroit’s Black community through urban agriculture, a food buying club, and policy and advocacy work. DBCFSN uses its urban farm, D-Town Farm, to provide nutritious food and offer educational opportunities for the Black community. It also houses the Ujamaa Buying Club, which helps supply families with low-cost bulk organic foods through organized, cooperative buying. The organization has played an integral role in the creation of the Detroit Food Policy Council, which reviews the City of Detroit Food Security Policy and is currently working to build the Detroit People’s Food Co-op.
What FAIM supported:
FAIM supported DBCFSN’s educational programs for children and youth, including Food Warriors and Food & Flava. Designed for elementary-aged children ages 5-9, Food Warriors uses raised beds at three locations around the city to teach the agricultural traditions of Africa and the African Diaspora, and to challenge children to think about the food system. Food & Flava focuses on youth entrepreneurship and food by encouraging 13-16 year olds to use raised beds to grow produce and create value-added products.
Connect to DBCFSN:
If you live in Detroit and would like to get involved with DBCFSN, please connect with them via their website at: https://www.dbcfsn.org/