The Black Church Food Security Network which consists of African American Churches and farmers across the nation dedicated to advancing health and wealth to empower has a local outreach through the Duval Success Gardening Company located in the core area of Dunn Avenue near 295.
The local farm is host to grounds that grow and prepare farm to table fruits and vegetables, with options for camping and tours of the property. To celebrate their end of the year accomplishments, Success Gardening held a ‘Christmas on the Farm,’ event that included marshmallows, hot dogs and homemade chili roasted on the open fire. The event was open to the public. Additional, through BCFSN, local farmers have the option to sell and distribute their wares, provide agriculture workshops and supply food access to food desert locations in the city.
The Black Church Food Security Network was founded in 2015 at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD. Programs include Operation Higher Ground, a partnership with congregations to establish or expand gardens or agricultural projects, on church-owned land; the Soil to Sanctuary Markets partners with congregations to bring miniature farmer’s markets to churches on days that they worship or gather and A.R.C. (Assembling our Resources for Community) creating a food value supply chain from Jacksonville, Florida to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.