Urban Tree Connection: 2020 Organizational Highlights

Posted by Urban Tree Connection on December 22, 2020

2020, What a time, what a year! COVID-19 is highlighting racialized economic and health disparities in West Philadelphia that have existed for decades. As a predominantly Black community living with low income and disproportionate health disparities – including food insecurity, a significant portion of our neighbors in Haddington are more vulnerable to the coronavirus. The rise of unemployment, caregiving and homeschooling responsibilities, housing instability and racialized violence have only further exasperated these conditions. Throughout the season, we have held the balance between providing neighbors with fresh produce while promoting food sovereignty: land, resources and knowledge to grow food; uplifting community leadership and practitioners; and incorporating a vision for a just food system and regenerative economy through a Just Transition framework in our educational programs.

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