A while back, the good folks at Paul Quinn College decided to turn their decommissioned football field into a two-acre organic farm. Great idea, eh? The call it Food For Good and if you’re not familiar with the project already, get familiar with it—because it’s pretty darn cool. One way to do so: show up from 6-9 pm on April 14 for Trammell Crow’s pop-up A Community Cooks event where, for $100, you can enjoy live music from The Bishop Arts Jazz Allstars and delish treats from chefs Graham Dodds (Bolsa), Julian Barsotti (Nonna), Randall Copeland (Ava), Jeff Harris (Red Fork), Janice Provost (Parigi), Kelly Hightower (Nova), Tim Bevins (Craft), Orazio Lamanna (Dallas Cowboys), Kate Nelson (PieCurious). Special guest urban agriculture pioneer and CEO/founder of Growing Power Inc., Will Allen, will be on hand to share his wisdom and lend agro-support to the project.
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Here’s Food For Good Farm at Paul Quinn College’s mission statement:
Food for Good Farm at Paul Quinn College is striving to be a source of change and provide healthy affordable food for residents and members of the community. Paul Quinn College, recognizing the problem confronting its surrounding neighborhood has assumed the responsibility to be a source of positive growth and economic development in the community through the Farm.
The primary goal is to address the lack of affordable, healthy food options in one of the most economically under-resourced communities in the City of Dallas. The secondary goal of the enterprise is to create an academic program that integrates social entrepreneurship into the daily lives of the students at the College.
The current project has successfully transformed an unused football field into a thriving farm that has produced over 2,200 pounds of fresh organic produce within just two growing seasons. The conversion of the football field into an organic farm has provided fresh food options to the community and aroused interest within the student body.
The Farm brings healthy food to the neighborhood, engages students in meaningful learning projects, and provides an unparalleled opportunity for community and college interaction. Paul Quinn has been able to achieve these remarkable results with only approximately two acres of producing acreage.