External website: Citizen D
Developing UA in Dallas
Currently I work as a team member at Citizen-D in Dallas, working towards developing multiple urban agriculture initiatives in the city. While the mission is to create a better food city for all Dallas citizens, we work with particular reference to under resourced communities such as refugees and other marginalized groups. Rather than viewing these as passive or helpless, we work through a grass roots approach that considers such communities as innately innovative once some key resources are in place. This enables these communities to define their own problems and develop and scaled responses that are culturally and socially appropriate. This is very important when we consider food growing and consumption, which have specific personal, social and cultural aspects that should not be imposed externally.