By Michael Flag
Featured photo Anaka Annette and her husband Michael Flag Island will be hosting CultureZ with Marcus Hill. The company works to provide fresh food around Winston-Salem.
For many, summer means fresh tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, beans, pumpkins, butter, melons, and other delicacies. It is a luxury to find fresh fruits and vegetables for others, including those living in urban food deserts. Some sit generously, others put it on dollar-store junk food. But on East Winston-Salem and on the local nonprofit CultureZ, which is designed to provide healthy food for everyone in the area, we are changing that.
Our organization is supported by WSSU Economic Activity Center and Board Chairman Marcus Hill and me. We have survived the COVID-19 atomic storm, exacerbated by our urban agricultural efforts, systemic poverty, and the devastating effects of East Winston. With participants of all ages, we travel to Winston Grass with Grass Pollen with herbal teas or GRAPHS. We have converted most of what we rented from Simon G. Atkins CDC into a 30- to 30-foot garden that grows in winter and summer squash, okra, peppers, eggplant, polar bean and plenty of plants and flowers.
Determined, this growth was expected during the warmer rainy season of 2019 and 2020, by pouring water from the canned wood, and finally producing hundreds of pounds through the market and community-supported agricultural program. We have deliberately made this effort in a very serious way, to resist opportunities and to show how to water their gardens for many who do not have access to water.
A.D. By 2021, Covi’s threat is still hurting our social relationships, we have decided to expel many of our volunteers from remote communities (islands), and we are spending more time on hunger and more for our homes. Utility Crisis and Urban Rent Mortgage Assistance Program Our partner, Anasa Annet, joined us in establishing our “grass farm” style in the yard in front of our house. Our agriculture lasted. Our first priority for the harvest season is to implement irrigation infrastructure that will enable us to grow our growing cooperative society.
In other words, we expect to be a permanent member of the Winston-Salem City Food Policy Council, an EBP / SNP that meets the “most pressing” needs. Freedom Street Farmer Market.
As the COVID-19 epidemic increased the supply of food to flooded warehouses, we found that most of the food was removed from food chains due to logistical damage. Thus, the influx of gift food, coupled with other factors, temporarily reduced the demand for locally grown food for our urban farms. But we know that the demand will be met.
To meet that demand, we have plans for the bathroom and packaging station, so food is available for sale in markets or through CSA subscription boxes to reduce waste. We are also seeking support from the WSSU Economic Activity Center, which we hope will provide us with work experience to support our basic agricultural efforts with our school children and to work and collaborate with the “island community” youth.
As we move forward, “community resource mobilization” and our vision: a rich network of synergetic communities, an “matrix” matrix, will lead to innovative, research-based, community-led, healthy, equitable local economies. We want to create spaces for cultural and economic integration, experimentation, implementation and diversity.
We will continue to work hard to provide healthy food for all.
Michael Flag is the director general of Island Culture Z.