The #BuildtheBlock program uses urban gardening, economic development, community clean ups & beautification projects to pro-actively fight community rot & gentrification in African American Communities.

Toxin Youth Foundation is currently raising funds to purchase land to build our urban garden on. The garden will be used to teach children and their families how to plant and harvest flowers, herbs and food. Families will learn the value of organic food over GMOs. Harvests will be given to locals and sold to "field to food" restaurants/stores at discounted prices.Our garden is essential for filed trips, family outings, volunteers, and more.

 

 

 

 

  • Educating people, teaching growing or farming practices and techniques for long-term impact (e.g., schools, agricultural workshops, community programs).
  • Providing locally-grown produce to communities by working with communities to grow produce to feed themselves.
  • Supporting and promoting healthy eating habits.
  • Protecting seed diversity and breeding work.
  • Supporting organic and sustainable growing practices and techniques.

 

Our New Urban Gardening Campaign

Key Program Activites

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Community Cleanup's

Economic Development

Beautification Projects

In hopes to combating the gentrification of African American Neighborhoods volunteers help clean apartment complexes, neighborhood streets and parks. Our programs are weekly and we also have a program for individuals looking to fulfill community service.

Our strategy involves building on the City's strengths to promote existing businesses through our Cornerstore Coalition. A program which binds community hubs like corner stores and bodegas to the communities that fuel them. We also stimulate business interaction and expansion through city wide initiatives like Fashion District Throw it in the Basket & ADJCNT.

Our focus is improving community appearance by refurbishing our city blocks to boost value, tourism and other commerce. Flowers are planted along sidewalks to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, or bees for pollination. Artists are commissioned to create murals on abandoned/condemned properties. One of our larger beautification projects help restore curb appeal to the outside of homes in hope to combat the gentrification of African American Neighborhoods.

If interested in collaborating or donating to our Build the Block efforts please drop us a line at change@toxinyouth.org

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