Homeless Activists Go Organic and Feed an Entire Shelter With Rooftop Garden

Posted by on October 31, 2017 in Environment, Farming with 31 Comments
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By Steven Maxwell | Activist Post

Every activist has read the increasing number of stories where homelessness is being criminalized, as if simply being homeless isn’t punishment enough. However, there is a rising tide among all walks of life that is beginning to view homelessness in a very different light.

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As a sinking economy and the criminal actions of the banking elite are leading many middle class, stable families into abject poverty, it is becoming much easier to identify with the less fortunate the closer their plight appears to be.  Defenders of the homeless are becoming much more vocal now. We have seen some amazing examples recently of people moved to help those in need through programs such as an artist who paints and sells portraits of the homeless and gives them the profits; a former homeless man who gives back to the homeless by selling book reviews and buying food to share; or the inspiring story of a community organizer who used his own faith to connect with those from other faiths in a common cause of feeding those in need.

We are even seeing people of conscience openly defying oppressive laws to draw a line in the sand that says: if it becomes illegal to help one another on our own terms, we simply have no freedom left to celebrate.

Feeding the homeless has also gone from the concept of a “handout” of money to allow people to buy whatever meager sustenance they can find, to realizing that if people are going to have any chance of turning their financial situation around, they must be physically and mentally fit to do so. A key  cornerstone to building oneself back up again is nutrition … and if it’s “free” nutrition, then all the better!

An organization in Atlanta is calling themselves Task Force For the Homeless and should be highlighted for their message and their tactics to restore dignity and prosperity to those who have fallen on hard times. They have chosen to combine two essential approaches to reverse the conditions which afflict the homeless the most: not having access to healthy food, and not being able to connect with others who are working in structured way to engage in practical solutions.

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Enter the organic community rooftop garden.

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Residents of the homeless shelter are now engaged in community building while providing for themselves food that only costs what their own efforts naturally produce.

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Instead of processed foods given through donation, their rooftop garden has 80 beds of the most diverse range of vegetables, fruits and herbs that can be produced on site.

Now, instead of waiting for their next meal, they have taken action to ensure that each and every day they are well fed and well nourished.

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Best of all, this group of homeless has now gained something that goes beyond even the food itself – the skills required to produce, manage, distribute and plan for the future – a future which too often exists as minute-by-minute sacrifice instead of days of abundance.

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If you would like to connect to Task Force For The Homeless, or learn more about their program, pleaseFollow on Facebook or Visit Their Website.

Steven Maxwell writes for ActivistPost.com. This article may be shared in its entirety with author attribution and source link.

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  1. 1075563155821566@facebook.com' Dyan Graham says:

    Absolutely!!!

  2. 1252068518143673@facebook.com' Arianna Brown says:

    Please we need this on all rooftops! Feed the families struggling, feed the homeless…. this is organic and beautiful ♡♡♡

  3. 10154631400874852@facebook.com' Daniel Johnson says:

    Excellent idea but must seriously consider integratey of roof, soo much additional weight could be dangerous for anybody below , still love the concept

  4. 826803327437734@facebook.com' Johnboy Walton says:

    Yeah! Good news!

  5. 10205589669603057@facebook.com' Kyle Downs Hogue says:

    Dakotah

  6. 409782735883183@facebook.com' Marsha Creary says:

    Great idea!

  7. 758655594261273@facebook.com' Jaype N Estopado says:

    Brilliant idea.

  8. 1257042657655937@facebook.com' John Kellenberger says:

    Will the building owners be tolerant of the homeless and poor?

  9. 164719457225906@facebook.com' Kennedy Pais says:

    What a creative and beautiful way to doing that.

  10. 10208858194597107@facebook.com' Melanie Hall says:

    Brendan McKenzie

  11. 10206599666684108@facebook.com' Richa Annie Thomas says:

    <3 🙂

  12. 10208170480129466@facebook.com' Poppy Van der Eecken says:

    Marlène Mulkens iets voor the big apple?

  13. 852329964875891@facebook.com' Monica Bennett Avelino says:

    Great idea!! (y) <3

  14. 560757844075949@facebook.com' Cèsar Aguirre says:

    Organic revolution for peace and equality!

  15. 1661390924132417@facebook.com' Danielle Ball says:

    We should never have to pay for food! GOD has given everybody the necessity to grow food! It man who decided food wasn’t free!!!

  16. 1515805402053157@facebook.com' Anthony Belshaw says:

    Keep UP the GOOD Work

  17. 1214634381883966@facebook.com' Erin Street says:

    Its a major problem because they cant make money off of the homeless. The more homeless that are made, the less theyll have a fight in voting, laws being passed etc. Its easier to take their rights away and supposedly “vote in their best interests”

  18. 1505626903079092@facebook.com' Melinda Howard says:

    This is Brilliant… Should be a Lightbulb moment for the World !!!

  19. 1194071163952079@facebook.com' Agnes Tan says:

    Wow tq for being such a champ.

  20. 188759998145181@facebook.com' Pooja Patel says:

    Organic revolution for peace and equality!….

  21. 216365228698519@facebook.com' Gabrielle Alvarenga says:

    Manda Salander!!!! You

    • 155801168110070@facebook.com' Manda Salander says:

      I saw this earlier. I like this idea but for Colorado it’d need to be a greenhouse because winter time isn’t the best for planting and growing outdoors.

  22. 10207447262333647@facebook.com' Tamera Douglas says:

    But what if you can’t eat it?

  23. 1245959215419883@facebook.com' Paul Capparelli says:

    It’s refreshing to see an activist group doing something positive. This should be an example to all other activist groups. Especially the ones that have nothing better to do then spread hate speech. These people are the prime example of unsung heroes.

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