Helping To Bring Fresh Food To The Northside

In 2010, prior to receiving the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant, the Northside, a designated food desert, embarked on an initial planning process to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to the community through a partnership with the Mary Black Foundation, neighborhood residents, and the Hub City Farmers’ Market; the initiative led to the creation of a mobile market.

Success with the mobile market eventually led to the relocation of Hub City Farmers’ Market to the Northside as part of the neighborhood’s transformation. In 2012, the above partners, along with the Butterfly Foundation’s culinary job training program, began construction on a Food Hub, which would be the new home of Hub City Farmers’ Market, an urban farm, the Monarch Café, a training center for the Butterfly Foundation, and a gathering place for residents, collectively known as “Harvest Park.”