2018 CONFERENCE ZAWADI RECIPIENT

 

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Project New Village
N. Diane Moss
Managing Director
Project New Village
5106 Federal Blvd
San Diego, CA 92105

Project New Village (PNV) was established in 1994 as a community hub for collaborative efforts to increase social wellness. In 2008, PNV began its journey to explore and develop strategies to address inequities in the local food system; and became a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization to strengthen its ability to champion identified charitable cause in 2010. Project New Village strengthens communities through the development of beautiful, beneficial and bountiful neighborhood food options.

The People’s Produce Urban Agriculture Initiative is the signature effort of PNV. It grew out of a collective call to action among residents and other stakeholders in Southeastern San Diego to change the physical and social environment to address health disparities. The goal of improving fresh food access in Southeastern San Diego is part of a broad based movement to build healthy neighborhoods. PNV has embraced urban farming and community engagement as the primary tools to improve food access, food security, and environmental wellness. They use a social determinant of health model which views food equity and self-determination as key factors for achieving better health.

Project New Village is transforming the political and economic environment using neighborhood-based agricultural cooperatives as strategies of resistance to food insecurity and removing barriers that impede universal access to good food through community/civic engagement and building alternative food ecosystems. The next phase will focus on wealth building activities that strengthen existing small businesses in the area and identifies new food related businesses. In partnership with developers and land owners, we believe the act of growing food uses soil as an ally in re-building neighborhoods. We currently operate the People’s Produce Night Market (farmers market) and Mt Hope Community Garden.

PNV's next phase is to focus on wealth building activities that strengthen existing small businesses in the area and identifies new food related businesses, for example, having restaurants in the community buy the fruits and vegetables being grown by members of the Mt Hope Garden.

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