It’s about the return to real food!
• It’s about healthy kids and communities.
• It’s about busting myths that healthy food is too nasty, too expensive, or too time consuming to prepare.
• Since 2007, it’s about creating nutrition, cooking, and food systems lessons that are relevant and actionable for today’s surban populations – building DEMAND for healthy food.
• And, as of 2010, it’s also now about completing a full cycle of food systems change – training youth in horticultural and entrepreneurial lessons that let us bring our own SUPPLIES of healthy food into the neighborhoods where we work.
It’s about combating epidemic rates of obesity and diabetes, by getting people to eat their veggies – for real!
And it’s about time!
Our Mission: RootDown LA convinces high school kids to eat their veggies then engages them in educational experiences that empower them to build healthier food communities as they cook, grow, and sit down to eat healthy food with their friends, families and neighbors. Root Down believes the following:
• The majority of Americans have become disconnected from this simple truth – our health is directly affected by the foods we eat. Healthy soil = healthy food = healthy bodies and minds to build healthy communities.
• Building demand for healthy food encourages a critically needed increased supply of healthy food in urban areas.
• Creating even small food gardens in our communities can help bridge the gap where our nation’s centralized food system is not reliably getting healthy, fresh food to us.
• When kids feel connected to a community where healthy, great tasting food is valued and readily available, they adopt preferences for this food and decrease their likelihood of developing obesity and related illnesses.
Root Down employs the following methods to achieve its goals:
• Experiential education and skills training for youth to teach nutrition, cooking, and food systems advocacy lessons that enable people to identify, source, prepare, and build preferences for healthier foods.
• New entrepreneurial and horticultural trainings that allow youth to create supplies of fresh produce to distribute in their neighborhoods.
• Creating supportive partnerships with other community agencies that share a similar vision to build healthier food communities from within.
• Mentorship connecting youth participants with experiential opportunities that increase their engagement and employability within a healthy food community.
The food culture is shifting. Join us in South LA
Or, WE CAN COME COOK and GROW WITH YOU TOO!