The first crop is being planted this week in a new, urban vegetable farming enterprise on Phillips Avenue in Greensboro, spearheaded by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in partnership with Concerned Citizens of North East Greensboro (CCNEG). The urban farm is aimed at addressing the health, nutrition and enterprise needs of one of Greensboro’s largest and most longstanding food deserts.
The United States Department of Agriculture-funded project represents the culmination of several years of community organizing by Dr. Terrence Thomas a social sciences researcher in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at N.C. A&T.
“Residents of northeast Greensboro have been concerned about their limited access to fresh food for many years, and so we have been working with them to find solutions. We hope this will become a model for how communities can develop their own healthy food environments and enterprises,” Thomas said, adding that the project is in keeping with the College’s Local Food and Health Initiative.