What is the Black Power Fund?

"We believe the benefits of community gardening is an increase of food security. Gardening not only a boost for physical health but for our mental health as well. Gardening reduces anxiety, depression and stress."

The objective of this fund is to support community projects that are addressing the food security needs of African people. Colonialism has stripped the ability and freedom of the masses of Africans to produce for themselves. The Black Power Fund was created to address this contradiction.

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Why You Need to Grow Your Own Vegetables

Due to intense, mismanaged farming, soil nutrients are declining. Nitrogen stores have decreased by 42 percent, phosphorus by 27 percent, and sulfur by 33 percent. (3) To grow optimally, plants require these nutrients for photosynthesis, enzymes, protein synthesis, and more. 

Most of the food in the supermarket lack essential nutrients for the human body.

Nutrition Needs

Quality, Quality, Quality

As a result of declining soil fertility and selective breeding, the nutritional contents of some fruits, vegetables, and grains have also been compromised. In a 2004 study, 43 garden crops were analyzed to compare nutritional content in 1950 versus 1999, using USDA data. Some nutrients were unchanged, but calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin, and vitamin C were all lower in 1999 compared to 1950, ranging from a 6 percent to 38 percent drop.

green metal garden shovel filled with brown soil
green metal garden shovel filled with brown soil

StartinG Your Garden

The easy way is to just buy topsoil and compost, in bags or not, and fill up the bed’s box. If you have your own compost, or can get reliable, organic compost — we were lucky to get it from a local, organic dairy goat farm — it’s worth making your own soil recipe. That way, you’ll be able to fine-tune it for particular crops. Growing tomatoes? Make your soil slightly acidic, just the way they like it. Growing greens? You’ll want to keep the nitrogen low until you have germination.If you’re using compost, make sure that it’s completely finished. If you’re adding manures of any kind, make sure they’re completely composted and are no longer “hot.” Mix in other materials, like peat, pumice or vermiculite if you’re looking for good drainage, or sand, which root vegetables like. The easiest way to make sure compost is garden-ready is to spread it in the fall, leaving it on the surface to finish through the freeze and thaw cycles of winter.

The Soil

The consistency of your soil is a crucial part of gardening success. If it's compacted, then it's hard for water and air to reach the roots. If it's too loose (think sandy soil), then it won't hold water and your plants could dry out.

bokeh photography of person carrying soil
bokeh photography of person carrying soil
person holding brown and black frog
person holding brown and black frog
people in yellow jacket and black backpack
people in yellow jacket and black backpack

Knowing your soil, and understanding what to do to improve your soil, is the most important thing you can do to guarantee healthy and happy vegtables. Nutrients must be available to plant roots. Too sandy and porous means that the nutrients are not going to stay in the soil, and will not get to the plants.

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