Phase Out Poverty

Community Farming

The Basics

Defining community farming


Community farming is when people who care about protecting and nurturing a healthy and local food source come together to build and support urban farms in their neighbourhoods. Some want to help community groups in managing executive functions of a farm, some want to get involved in the farming and value the community approach, and others simply enjoy the fresh and healthy source of locally-produced food, or want to visit and learn about urban farming. Community farming brings farmers and consumers together, creates sustainable agriculture, and establishes a local appreciation of fresh, healthy, locally-produced food. By supporting community farms, local communities become directly invested in their food system and enjoy social, economic, environmental, and agricultural benefits.




What is urban farming?


Urban farming is growing or producing food in a city or heavily populated area and assumes a level of commerce, the growing of product to be sold as opposed to being grown only for personal consumption or sharing. People have been growing crops and raising animals in and around cities for thousands of years, but a division between urban and rural has been sharply defined over time out of cultural bias viewing cities as “progressive” and farms as “backward”, and the misguided notion of risk to public health. You don’t have to be a corporation or own a lot of land to be an urban farmer. An person, a few friends, a nonprofit, or a group in the neighborhood can start and run an urban farm. Food can be the sold to restaurants or at a farmers market, given to a local soup kitchen or church, but primarily, the food is grown as a form of commerce between the grower and the customer. As more of people begin to understand our food system, more of us want to know and have input into how food is grown, how it's handled after being harvested and how it moves from one place to another along the food route. People have begun to understand we have no say in what's grown or how it's grown, and urban agriculture can change this. Urban farms can can grow to be the front line of the food system, increasing access to locally grown food and reintroducing the public to the many facets of food that have been lost as a culture. The way food grows and gains its nutrition are valuable lessons and make for a better informed urban consumer.




Phase Out Poverty


The vision of Phase Out Poverty (POP) is to build a system of support to help strengthen the vulnerable among us (individuals and families in need), and in doing so, reinforce the pride, respect, and wisdom that defines us a people and community. POP Support systems will be an integration of self-sufficient technology and practices distributed at the community level where everyday people need them the most. Project stages...

  1. Hydroponics / Aquaponics / Aeroponics (reduce grocery bills; fundraising)
  2. Anaerobic Digester (Reduce gas and municipal waste bills)
  3. Water Collection (Reduce municipal water bills)
  4. Rocket Mass Heater (Reduce heating, hot water, and electricity bills)
  5. Energy Roof (Reduce electrical, heating and hot water bills)
  6. Rammed Earth Building/Blocks (Fireproof home, improve air quality, and more)




Who will we support?


The measure of a person is the willingness to extend a helping hand despite social and economic prejudice that commonly divides us. We seek to bring together a community of people with the capacity to see beyond the surface in support of...

  • homeless and low-income youth, families, and seniors
  • critical support services (shelters, food banks, and social non-profits)
  • hidden poverty - a subset of people that live beyond the scope of designed support services, often due to stringent eligibility, prejudice, or individual challenges

Homeless youth, adults and seniors alike are an untapped resource of community strength and support, but too few take the time to see their potential. Despite the rise in poverty, the cost of living continues to grow - food, housing, goods and services, including taxes, utilities, and gas. We need to rally, empower, and raise up this valuable resource to build stronger and healthier communities - emphasizing a fair, equal, and equitable standard of living and a higher quality of life for all people and not just the few who can afford it.





Membership

Need Help?


Are you experiencing economic hardship and living in poverty? If so, we will...

  • lease you the equipment, tools, and supplies need to grown a crazy amount of food
Your cost?
  • Space - Whatever you can spare in your house or apartment. This may include, but isn't limited to: Floor space; walls, ceiling, basement, closet or storage unit. A balcony and yard
  • Time - Urban growing can feel a little intimidating, but all it takes is a little time, some attention, and plenty of love. Together, we'll learn and grow!
  • Money - Your financial cost of leasing our stuff is zero, zip, zilch, nada, and bupkis!
The catch?
  • You keep 25% of the growing yield for yourself, family, and friends, or sell off what you don't need - We'll even help you sell your excess yield at no cost to you and at 100% YOUR profit.
  • The other 75%:
    • 25% will be gifted to local shelters, homeless, foodbanks and soup kitchens, and low-income individuals, families and seniors in need.
    • 50% will be sold to support our program so we can help more people and expand our support in areas of affordable energy and housing
The benefits?
  • Save on groceries - With the cost of living continuously rising, more and more people are falling into poverty, so every dollar counts!
  • Supplement your income - If you're only source of income comes from social services, like Ontario Works, ODSP or EI, it isn't enough to survice on let a lone thrive.
  • Helping your community - Everyone needs a little support from time-to-time, and for any of us to get a head, we need to help each other and support one another
  • Fresh, nutritious, and healthy - Imagine eating fresh organic food you know where it came from and how it came to be. Free of chemicals and pestisides, and not Genetically Modified. Food like it was always meant to be.
The Honour System Community - The only way this program can work and continue to exist is by working together as a community, supporting one another and trusting in each other. We are people - We're a grassroots anti-poverty research and development initiative, charitable at its core, to build stronger and self-sufficient communities. We are made up of low-income community members based in Durham Region in support of local and area neighbourhoods.




Want to Help?


Would you like to support those experiencing poverty and hardship? Perhaps you're looking to save on food or want to know your food wasn't engineered in a lab. Whatever your reasons, we welcome your support. As a member, we will...

  • lease you the equipment, tools, and supplies needed to grown a crazy amount of food
Your cost?
  • Space - Whatever you can spare in your house or apartment. This may include, but isn't limited to: Floor space; walls, ceiling, basement, closet or storage unit. A balcony and yard
  • Time - Urban growing can feel a little intimidating, but all it takes is a little time, some attention, and plenty of love. Together, we'll learn and grow!
  • Money
    • Option 1: Your financial cost of leasing our stuff is zero, zip, zilch, nada, and bupkis!
    • Option 2: Support our initiative and by extention your neighbours and community by donating a portion of what you save in fresh organic groceries.
      • Small Basket: $30.00
      • Regular Basket: $40.00
      • Family Basket: $50.00
      • Large Family: $60.00
      • Extra Large Family Basket: $100.00
What you get?
  • You keep 25% of the growing yield for yourself, family, and friends, supplement your income or donate what you don't need - either back to us or to a cause or charity you believe in.
  • The other 75%:
    • 25% will be gifted to local shelters, homeless, foodbanks and soup kitchens, and low-income individuals, families and seniors in need.
    • 50% will be sold to support our program so we can help more people and expand our support in areas of affordable energy and housing
The benefits?
  • Save on groceries - With the cost of living continuously rising, more and more people are falling into poverty, so every dollar counts!
  • Supplement your income - If your growth yield is more than you can eat for you and your family, you can sell the excess or we'll help you sell at no cost to you and at 100% the profit.
  • Helping your community - Everyone needs a little support from time-to-time, and for any of us to get a head, we need to help each other and support one another
  • Fresh, nutritious, and healthy - Imagine eating fresh organic food you know where it came from and how it came to be. Free of chemicals and pestisides, and not Genetically Modified. Food like it was always meant to be.
The Honour System Community - The only way this program can work and continue to exist is by working together as a community, supporting one another and trusting in each other. We are people - We're a grassroots anti-poverty research and development initiative, charitable at its core, to build stronger and self-sufficient communities. We are made up of low-income community members based in Durham Region in support of local and area neighbourhoods.