Our community garden is centered in one of the remaining intact Freedman’s Towns in the nation, The 10th Street Historic District, on a lot, our co-founder Taylor Toynes’ grandfather bought 40 years ago. A large part of our advocacy efforts focuses on the food desert’s in Southern Dallas, specifically in South Oak Cliff. This epidemic in the city has meant a lack of grocery stores in largely black and brown communities placing an economic, physical, and emotional strain on the neighbors in our community. Today, we are thankful to partner with the Oak Cliff Veggie Project to manage our community garden, and provide fresh produce in our community.
In 2016, For Oak Cliff worked with our neighbors to come up with solutions to fix the problem. We came together to build a community garden as one way to relieve the current food desert during a Day of Service event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
We will have ongoing opportunities to volunteer in the garden, so please be on the lookout for volunteer dates as we work to maintain the first community garden in Oak Cliff!