As the research arm of the Local Food Initiative, which seeks to help disadvantaged communities gain autonomy by reclaiming control over their own food supply, the Local Food Research Initiative looks into food production in urban areas in terms of its potential economic input, job creation and value generation in local neighborhoods. Recognizing that a key to sustainability lies in increased food access and the capability to grow food, LFRI also addresses the issue of food deserts, where fresh food is not making it into some of our low income communities.
LFRI hopes to address some of the hurdles that have kept local foods out of neighborhoods, in regard to local food production. Some of the goals of the local food initiate are to:
– Research intensive growing methods for small sites and urban areas;
– Test year round growing methods;
– Transfer those methods to urban growers;
– And ultimately to establish urban farming as a viable means of creating fresh food supply in urban areas, specifically food deserts.
A member of the Local Food Research Initiative board has also worked under an EPA grant to develop an urban business planning tool to help other communities be able to plan and develop their own urban gardens and urban farms. Read the manual here.
Pax in Terra’s Contributions:
Pax in Terra donates produce from the Local Food Research Initiative farm in Sandy Hook, Connecticut to food pantries in the area, and connects soup kitchens with other local gardeners.
To learn more about our work in Bridgeport, Connecticut, visit our Bridgeport Food Initiative page.
How you can help:
Learn more about how to donate money and supplies, volunteer your time, and intern with the Local Food Research Initiative on our How To Help page.